Microsoft confirmed a few days ago that one of the most important Windows updates of the last decade is coming. Since then the rumors and theories have not stopped, and everything seems to point to the fact that the company is indeed working on Windows 11.
The next version of Windows, which until now was spoken of as simply Windows 10 Sun Valley, could instead be a new version of the operating system. For now, we’ll have to wait until June 24, when Microsoft plans to unveil that next generation of Windows and tell us what’s next for the system. However, there are a few things we do know:
What will be the main new features of Windows 11?
Whether Windows 11 or Windows 10 Sun Valley, Microsoft has been talking about a major visual rejuvenation of Windows for some time now. So far we have been able to confirm several visual and functional changes that Microsoft is working on:
- New default font: just as a survey was recently launched for the community to help choose a new font for Office after 15 years of using Calibri, Microsoft also confirmed that the default Windows font will also change soon.
- New icon colors for folders: the icons for the main Windows folders that have been famous for being yellow for as long as most people under 40 have memory, will now be multi-colored and horizontally oriented.
- Goodbye to Windows 95 and XP icons: the system will finally start getting rid of some of the older, outdated icons it includes from older versions.
- There will also be new icons for several classic applications such as Notepad.
- The return of rounded edges: with the next version of Windows everything will finally stop being square and flat.
- New floating menus: menus that will also have rounded edges.
- Personalization of the virtual desktops: we will be able to change the background of the virtual desktops individually to separate our work areas even better.
- A Windows Explorer with a less “dense” design, better optimized for touch screens.
- Classic Apps that will be updated independently of the operating system and will become available in the Microsoft Store.
- The new Windows Terminal will be installed by default: this client, which Microsoft has been working on for some time now, supports things like PowerShell and the command prompt in different tabs.
- The features of the canceled Windows 10X will be inherited: although the development of that cloud version of Windows 10, which was supposed to come to compete with ChromeOS, has been canceled, its best features will be passed on to the single Windows.
- New App Store: the Windows app store has a lot of room for improvement, and the company plans to open the Microsoft Store to all apps and games, even classic .exe programs.
- New and improved pre-installed applications: the apps that come by default in Windows 10 have never been very popular, and Microsoft has time to form a new team to renew them completely.
What is the release date for Windows 11?
For now, there is no exact date, but Windows 10 21H2, which is officially the next version of the system and the expected Windows 10 Sun Valley, is planned for autumn 2021.
Already Microsoft confirmed that this update represents one of the biggest in the last 10 years of Windows, so if it ends up being Windows 11, we can expect it around September-October of this same year. We will know more next June 24 during the Microsoft event where we have been promised more information.
What devices will be compatible with Windows 11?
At the moment we can only assume that if your computer is compatible with Windows 10, it will most likely be compatible with Windows 11. Other than that, support for ARM devices was something that was expected with Windows 10X, but now that it has been canceled and its functions will be inherited by the next Windows, we will have to wait for more news from Microsoft in this regard.