After teasing the next generation of Windows during Build last week, Microsoft announced that they will officially unveil the new version of the operating system on June 24 at 11:00 Eastern. The company has started sending out invitations to the media, and it is revealed that CEO Satya Nadella and product manager Panos Panay will be the leader of the event.
At Build, Nadella said he has been testing the new operating system in recent months. He added: “We want to create more opportunities for all Windows developers today and want all creators who want the most innovative, new, open platform to build and distribute and monetize applications.” It probably refers to rumors of an update to the Windows Store, which may make it easier for developers to push their apps out to consumers.
So where can Microsoft go after Windows 10? When it was launched in 2015, I noticed that it was a great combination of the best features from Windows 7 and 8. It had the clean desktop of the previous one, with extra smart touch screen from the latter (luckily the Start menu also gave a return). Windows 10 was also the first big sign of how different Microsoft was under Nadella, who took over the CEO mantle from Steve Ballmer in 2014.
In particular, he announced that Windows 10 would be free for a year (and even longer for some users), a massive turnaround from Microsoft’s previous strategy of charging for each new release. In doing so, Nadella encouraged users to move on from Windows 7 and 8, making Windows 10 a more viable platform for developers looking to build modern apps.
I bet Microsoft will add a lot of Windows 10X’s dual-screen features to its next operating system. We have not yet seen many truly dual-screen PCs, apart from Lenovo’s bulky yoga books, so the door is open for Microsoft to encourage more PC manufacturers to take that leap. The company also clearly needs to work on Windows support for ARM devices, as the current operating system is holding back flagship hardware such as the Surface Pro X. Now that Apple has successfully moved its computers to ARM-based M1 chips, the ball in Microsoft’s court is to help PC manufacturers do the same.