A new generation of Windows will be released soon, or it will be named Windows 11

In Build 2021 held last month, Microsoft did not mention when the next generation of Windows will be launched. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Satya Nadella) revealed in his speech that he has been testing the "next generation of Windows" in recent months.

"Soon, we will share one of the most important updates to Windows in the past ten years."

▲ Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, picture from: OnMSFT

On June 2nd, Microsoft announced that it will release a new generation of Windows on the 24th of this month. The software giant has already begun to send invitations to the media. But this invitation seems to have something to do with it.

The most conspicuous part of the conference invitation is a white window, which may be the Windows 11 logo. The light shines in from outside the window, forming a light and shadow with a vertical strip in the middle, which looks very much like the Arabic numeral "11".

Microsoft subsequently released an animated version of the image, confirming the statement that "Microsoft deliberately removed the shadow of the window bars."

The timing of the press conference also seemed to hide mystery. The conference will be released at 11 o'clock US Eastern Time on the 24th, which is not the usual start time for Windows and Surface conferences.

After issuing the invitation, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi stated that he "has not been so excited about the new version of Windows since Windows 95."

▲Windows 95, picture from: Yusuf Mehdi

If Microsoft is really ready to tear down Windows 10 and switch to Windows 11, the most intuitive change should be the UI.

Microsoft announced last month that Windows 10X, its original operating system for dual-screen devices, will no longer be on sale. It is reported that Microsoft is currently bringing the visual elements on Windows 10X to Windows. Including the new start menu, system icons, and file manager improvements, Microsoft also plans to update the built-in Windows applications with rounded corners.

Can we finally say goodbye to the Windows 95 series of icons?

▲Windows 95 series icons, picture from: The Verge

In addition to the visual update, the improvement of the app store seems to be a key project of the new generation of Windows.

According to reports, Microsoft is overhauling its Windows application store, and even allows developers to submit any Windows applications, including browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

In the past, the Windows Store required developers to package their win32 applications as MSIX and use Microsoft's own update mechanism and commercial platform. In the new version of the application store, Microsoft will allow developers to submit standard EXE or MSI packages to the store, and can manage updates through the developer's own content delivery network (CDN).

▲Picture from: The Verge

In addition, Microsoft seems to be ready to solve those "difficulties."

These include the issue of rearranging application icons on multiple displays, the upcoming Xbox Auto HDR feature, and improvements to Bluetooth audio.

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