All indications point to a new Windows operating system being announced later this month when Microsoft details what it has in store next for the most popular desktop computing operating system in history.
The Redmond, Wash.-based computing giant has been very tight lipped about what it plans to unveil during a live event on June 24, with some speculating a new version of the operating system called Windows 11 is on the horizon.
It has been a while since Microsoft released a new version of the operating system. In fact, the time since Windows 10 was released in 2015 is the longest the company has gone without releasing a new version of Windows in two decades. Starting with Windows Vista in 2006, the company never went more than three years before releasing a new version of Windows.
Now, the company is either dropping very cryptic hints, is trolling the world or is a victim of coincidence.
Microsoft’s June 24 event starts at 11 a.m., and the company just released a video – exactly 11 minutes in length – of all the Windows operating system startup sounds since Windows 95 slowed down 4,000%.
CEO Satya Nadella reportedly dropped hints of a big update at Microsoft’s Build developer conference last month, and other news outlets have reported a major rejuvenation of the desktop interface.
According to Windows Central, that project is codenamed Sun Valley and is expected to include a new Start menu and Taskbar layout, icons, sounds, app designs and fluid animations.
Microsoft also cancelled plans to ship a new version of Windows dubbed Windows 10x built on a new version of the operating system designed for dual-screen PCs, and was then to compete with Google’s ChomeOS. This only adds to the speculation of a new operating system coming down the pike.
When Windows 10 was released, Microsoft said it would be the last version of the operating system it would ever release. However, that was six years ago and under different leadership.
If the company begins phasing out older versions of Windows and essentially forces another mass migration to a new operating system, IT departments everywhere should be prepared this time around.