Microsoft confirmed a few days ago that one of the most important Windows updates of the last decade is coming. Since then the rumors and theories have not stopped, and everything seems to indicate that the company is in fact working on Windows 11.
The next version of Windows, which until now was talked about as simply Windows 10 Sun Valley, could instead be a new version of the operating system. For now, we will have to wait until June 24, the date on which Microsoft plans to unveil that new generation of Windows and tell us what is next for the system. However, there are a few things we do know:
What will be the main novelties of Windows 11?
Whether Windows 11 or Windows 10 Sun Valley, Microsoft has been talking about a great visual rejuvenation of Windows for some time. So far we have been able to confirm several visual and functional changes that Microsoft is working on:
- New default font : Just as a survey was recently launched for the community to help choose a new font for Office after 15 years of using Calibri, Microsoft also confirmed that Windows’ default font will also change soon.
- New Folder Icon Colors – Windows main folder icons that are famous for being yellow since most people under 40 have memory will now be multi-colored and horizontally oriented.
- Goodbye to Windows 95 and XP icons – the system will finally start to get rid of some of the older and outdated icons it includes from older versions.
- There will also be new icons for various classic applications such as Notepad.
- The return of rounded edges (praise him): with the next version of Windows everything will finally stop being square and flat.
- New floating menus. – Menus that will also have rounded edges.
- Personalization of virtual desktops : we can change the background of the virtual desktops individually to further separate our work areas.
- A Windows Explorer with a less “dense” design, better optimized for touchscreens.
- Classic apps that will be updated independently of the operating system and will be in the Microsoft Store.
- The new Windows Terminal will come installed by default: this client that Microsoft has been working on for a long time supports things like PowerShell and the command prompt in different tabs.
- The characteristics of the canceled Windows 10X will be inherited : although the development of that version in the cloud of Windows 10, which was supposed to compete with ChromeOS, has been canceled, its best functions will go to the only Windows.
- New App Store : The Windows app store has a lot to improve, and the company plans to open the Microsoft Store to all apps and games, even classic .exe programs.
- New and improved pre-installed apps: The apps that come by default in Windows 10 have never been very popular, and Microsoft has been building a new team for a while to completely revamp them.
What is the release date of Windows 11?
For now there is no exact date, but Windows 10 21H2, which is officially the next version of the system and the long-awaited Windows 10 Sun Valley, is scheduled for fall 2021.
Microsoft has already confirmed that this update represents one of the largest in the last 10 years of Windows, so if it ends up being Windows 11, we can expect it around September-October of this same year. We will know more next June 24 during the Microsoft event where they have promised us more information.
What devices will be compatible with Windows 11?
At the moment we can only assume that if your computer is compatible with Windows 10, it is most likely compatible with Windows 11. Other than that, support for ARM devices was expected with Windows 10X, but now that it has been canceled and its functions will be inherited by the next Windows, we will have to wait for more news from Microsoft about it.