How did I miss this at first?
Windows 11 is on its way. You simply have a feeling. The evidence suggests that the operating system’s name has been changed. Large changes, a redesigned user interface, a new store, and now this Windows event logo with the big number 11 that you can’t unsee. Oh, and the event starts at 11 a.m. ET.
Last month, CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft’s Build 2021 conference will not feature Windows upgrades. He mentioned that the “next generation of Windows,” will see significant changes, and he promised that more information would be forthcoming.
Then, earlier this week, Microsoft announced a Windows-only “what’s-next” event on June 24 at 11 a.m. ET. The above logo was utilised at the reveal, however we overlooked the fact that the shadow formed by the crossbar on the Windows logo lacked the horizontal bar. It’s a notable absence because the light shining through casts an image that resembles an 11.
We know major changes are coming to the omnipresent operating system based on Nadella’s statements and what we’ve seen of the Sun Valley release.
Microsoft has not suggested that it will abandon the Windows 10 brand, and they previously stated that Windows 10 would be the “the last version of Windows,” but that was a completely different Microsoft under a Nadella leadership that was less than a year old. The data suggests that it is preparing to release Windows 11.
Timeline for Windows release.
In the previous 26 years, the schedule for iterating Windows names has been all over the place (starting with Windows 95). The lowest time interval was 13 months between Windows ME and Windows XP, but ME was a shambles, so that’s not surprising.
The longest delay was 63 months, from XP to Vista (just over five years). Microsoft’s average time between name changes is three years. Windows 10 was released in July 2015, however the initial intention was for this to be the living version of the operating system that would be continually upgraded with no big new releases to replace it.
Nadella predicted during Build 2021 that this will be “one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade.” It’s intriguing. More significant than the 2012 release of Windows 8 and the 2015 release of Windows 10? This “update” is significant.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if Windows 11 isn’t announced or released on June 24, I’ll eat the paper I wrote this post on.