16 June 2021
Microsoft has seemingly planned to announce something this month. Well, this is apparent from an invitation that it has posted on its official site. The invitation reads “Join us to see what’s next for Windows.” It also tells that Microsoft will live stream the event on June 24 at 11 am ET.
As per the invitation’s title, we are likely to see announcements around Microsoft’s OS. Other than this, currently, there isn’t much information to look at, though we can assume a few things by referring to some past reports and leaks.
There have been reports that Microsoft is working on a design overhaul for the Windows UI and this UI project is purportedly codenamed “Sun Valley.” It is believed that this project will bring some visual as well as functional changes. We might see a new start menu, file explorers, and action center.
WindowsCentral, a tech site dedicated to everything Microsoft and its OS claimed it had seen internal documentation that describes the “Sun Valley” project as “reinvigorating.”
It should also be noted that at Microsoft Build 2021 held last month, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the next generation of Windows will “unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators.” It is assumed that the next-gen Windows update that is 21H2 will present these major changes.
Windows has gone through many changes in these past years, however, a major UI refresh hasn’t been done. There have been minor changes like the introduction of Fluent Design.
We can only assume things for now. We have to wait for the June 24 event where Microsoft will reveal everything.