The well-known insider Evan Blass actually confirmed on his Twitter that Microsoft will unveil a new operating system called Windows 11 on June 24. Rumors are circulating for several weeks that the new Windows may be Windows 11, but it was only a reference to the new version.
Even then, there was practically no doubt that Microsoft would abandon the Windows 10 brand, but at the same time it was possible that the system would not be called Windows 11, but branded somewhat differently.
From the "Don't take screenshots of this build" department: a forthcoming Microsoft OS called Windows 11.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 3, 2021
Also from the post by Evan Blass we learn that the current internal builds use a watermark with the text "Do not take screenshots of this build". Windows 11 will include a large number of visual changes developed as part of the Sun Valley project, and Microsoft wants to keep the intrigue until the presentation, which will take place on June 24.
Will the forthcoming release be called Windows 11?
So, Windows 11 is the name that Microsoft may be planning to use for the next version of Windows (codenamed Sun Valley and referred to as version 21H2). Both Satya Nadella and Panos Panay, now in charge of the Windows client, refer to this update as "Next Generation Windows" and not just "Windows 10". This may indicate that the company is planning a name change for Windows. Also, if you look at the event invitation image, you can notice that the light reflections on the floor resemble the number 11.
What to expect in Windows 11?
While there is no official word yet, we can easily predict some of its new features from the changes we have seen in Dev channel builds.
The hardware requirements won't change for what will become Windows 11, as it remains based on the same code as Windows 10.
We have already seen new cool icons everywhere in the OS, including the Start menu and File Explorer.
However, more changes are coming to how apps will look. We expect to see rounder corners for windows, new animations and modernized controls powered by WinUI.
Also, Windows 11 will include some user interface improvements from the now-dead Windows 10X, such as a restyled Action Center.
The Start menu along with the taskbar will receive some restyling again with elements of Windows 10X-like design. For example, jump lists and context menus will appear floating above the taskbar.
Windows 11 will also have a new Segoe UI Variable font, which will scale properly regardless of the screen size.
While it is too early to speak about new features, some of them have been exposed in pre-release Dev builds. For example, there are glimpses of Auto HDR, Linux GUI apps support in WSL2, and a new version of the touch keyboard.
The Settings app will receive more options moved from the classic Control Panel, such as Disk Management and Storage Spaces, and new options, such as the ability to change brightness and contrast and disable webcams.
The upcoming Windows event will shed more light on the upcoming release of the OS. The event will begin at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT. It will be streamed live from the Microsoft website.
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