A leak confirms Windows 11 to be the next Windows release name

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.

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.

Windows 10 Next Banner Logo

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.

Hardware requirements

The hardware requirements won't change for what will become Windows 11, as it remains based on the same code as Windows 10.

New appearance

We have already seen new cool icons everywhere in the OS, including the Start menu and File Explorer.

Build 21343 Download New Icons

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.

Wifi Rounded Menu

Also, Windows 11 will include some user interface improvements from the now-dead Windows 10X, such as a restyled Action Center.

Windows 10x Action Center.webp

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.

Sun Valley Jump Lists Context Menus

Windows 11 will also have a new Segoe UI Variable font, which will scale properly regardless of the screen size.

B21376 Segoe Variable

New features

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.

Enable Auto HDR In Windows 10 Step 2

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.

Change Camera Brightness And Contrast In Windows 10

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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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “A leak confirms Windows 11 to be the next Windows release name”

  1. Why not called it simply Windows or just use those codenames which were based on chemical elements on the Periodic table during its developmental phase on Windows Insider Dev channel?

  2. What’s the point in calling Windows 10 or 11, when the number means absolutely nothing. There are maybe 8 different versions of “Windows 10” now. They should just remove the number entirely and call it “Windows”.

    1. so they can pay someone extortionate amounts of money to sit behind a desk to dream up these ridiculous names that make no sense and have no relevance I
      N the modern world of windows

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