Update: the main stream seems to be a bit misplaced, but Twitter seems to be the best place to watch the live stream right now. See the Live playback of Windows 11 on Twitter here.
It's the day of Windows 11. Probably. Microsoft is holding a special event today, but is being right about what it plans to do for the next iteration of its Windows operating system. If it weren't for a leaked version of Windows 11, we'd be wondering what this event might be about. But now we know, and even some of us have spent some time there: spoilers: it's Windows 10 but with a new skin.
He event takes place today, June 24, and starts at 11:00 ET (8:00 PT | 16:00 UK).
Set up a reminder to experience the news, live, on June 24 at 11:00 ET 📅 https://t.co/r7D0GQnR4x pic.twitter.com/UJrji0WxxBJune 23, 2021
To see what happens, you'll want to point your browser to official site—Where you can also set a reminder.
Unlike more recent events like this, it doesn't seem to be broadcast on Twitch or YouTube – at least not until now – I'm sure we'll miss the insightful chatter if it isn't. Probably so that Microsoft can drop a bunch of cookies and see how many people still use Internet Explorer.
We hope this event answers many of the key questions:
- When will Windows 11 launch?
- Will Windows 11 be a free upgrade for existing users?
- Will it actually be called Windows 11? If so, it’s very boring.
- Can Microsoft do something in the Windows Store to make it matter?
- Is it just Windows 10 with a new user interface?
- And most important of all, is there anything new here for players?
We'll find out if Windows 11 is a free upgrade (probably yes)
The two bits of information that everyone definitely wants to know about Windows 11 are when it will arrive and if we will have to pay for it. The "Sun Valley" update of Windows 10, probably the code name for this great version of Windows 11, is expected in October. If Microsoft puts a specific date on this release, expect it to be in the fall.
As for what it will cost, it's hard to see how Microsoft charges a new version of Windows in advance, at least for existing Windows 10 users. It wants to keep everyone on its platform, and making Windows free is the best way to do it. ho. Business customers may have to pay for Windows 11, but it would be surprising if most users do.
One of the most amazing pieces of the leaked Windows 11 screenshots is the new centered start menu. Strange! I guess it looks more like a Mac OS dock, and maybe we'll get used to it soon. I guess long-time Windows users will hate it at first, but if you're one of those people you shouldn't be scared: leaks have also shown that you can move it back to the left side of the taskbar . .
It also looks like Windows 11 will have a new set of icons and curved edges in windows, such as File Explorer. The design of the flat, solid-colored UI has been around for a decade or so, which means it's time to get back to rounded edges and transparency, right? Finally, Windows Vista makes its glorious return!
Depending on the leaks, we can expect a new search user interface built into the taskbar, widget feedback, and an update to the customization feature that will allow you to connect windows to one side or corner of the screen with a good visual interface. Much of the operating system will remain the same, but some things are gone, such as the active Start menu tiles (which still seemed a bit useless from Windows 8 anyway).
A look at a new Microsoft store
Will the store still be bad? I think the most important question is will matter? There have been very few reasons to use the Microsoft Store over the life of Windows 10. Windows applications are still easy to download from all over the Internet and Microsoft moved away from the UWP application format which had been a headache important for game developers.
Unless Microsoft tries to force the software into its store (unlikely, given the anger it caused people to make the first time), it still won’t be an app we use much. It would be great if, at the very least, giant game downloads could be managed.
Will Windows 11 basically be Windows 10 with a new user interface?
Microsoft is sure to present Windows 11 as an exciting and substantial upgrade to Windows, but with all the features and reliability you expect from Windows 10. And hey, sometimes new things are exciting. Not many people pay attention to the seasonal updates of Windows 10, but 11 will generate a lot of news. As with the sequels of games, considering a large number of new ones takes something into account.
However, under the changes in the user interface, it seems that Windows 11 is largely the same operating system that we have used in recent years. It's an evolution of Windows 10, not a dramatic release based on completely new code. However, this approach would not make much sense: Windows 10 is widely used and does not face any major security or performance issues that required earlier versions of Windows such as XP and 7.
There are probably many other small changes to the user interface that will add a significantly different Windows experience. The most frustrating thing we've seen from the leaks, though, is that under the new user interface, Windows 11 still seems to have many of the same menus that have been maintained for over a decade:
don't worry, all the old Windows stuff is still in Windows 11 🙃https: //t.co/VDS08QPsl5 pic.twitter.com/RMi8KLgBV0June 15, 2021
Did Microsoft sign some kind of pact with the devil that could only become a trillion dollar company if it used the Windows 7 control panel again until the death of the universe?
The game will get at least one mention
Microsoft has focused on making the Xbox app a better gaming destination than the Microsoft Store and is also beginning to develop its cloud streaming service for computers. It probably won't focus on the event, but we may see a new version of the Xbox app, or at least see how Windows 11 continues to build on the gaming features that Microsoft has been working on. the last few years. Updated versions of Windows 10 developers support Auto HDR, for example, a feature provided from the Xbox. This can save some stage time.
We'll be following Thursday's event and covering all the news about Windows 11: UI changes, new game features, and when to use them.