After tease the next generation of windows During Build last week, Microsoft announced that it will officially unveil the new version of its operating system June 24 at 11 a.m. EST. The company has started sending out media invitations, and it has been revealed that CEO Satya Nadella and Product Manager Panos Panay will headline the event.
At Build, Nadella said he has been testing the new operating system for a few months. He added, “We will create more opportunities for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new and open open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications. ” It probably refers to rumors of a Windows Store update, which could make it easier for developers to deliver their apps to consumers.
The event’s announcement follows news that Microsoft killed Windows 10X development, a variant of the operating system initially intended for dual-screen devices. Last year the the company moved 10X focus to single screen devices to potentially create a stronger competitor for Chrome OS. Now Microsoft plans to integrate some 10X features into Windows 10 itself.
So where can Microsoft go after Windows 10? When that launched in 2015I noted that this was a great combination of the best features of Windows 7 and 8. It had the former’s own desktop, with additional touchscreen features from the latter (luckily the Start menu also made a comeback). Windows 10 was also the first major sign of Microsoft’s difference under Nadella, which took the mantle of CEO by Steve Ballmer in 2014.
He notably 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 switch from Windows 7 and 8, making Windows 10 a more viable platform for developers who wanted to build modern apps.
I’d bet Microsoft would put a lot of Windows 10X’s dual-screen functionality into its next operating system. We haven’t seen many truly dual-screen PCs yet, other than Lenovo’s goofy yoga books, the door is therefore wide open for Microsoft to encourage more PC manufacturers to take the leap. The company also clearly needs to work on Windows support for ARM devices, as its current operating system retains flagship hardware like the Surface Pro X. Now that Apple has successfully moved its computers to ARM-based M1 chips, the ball is in Microsoft’s court to help PC makers do the same.