Microsoft to reveal its next generation of Windows on June 24th

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Microsoft is planning to detail its “next generation of Windows” at an event later this month. The software giant has started sending invites to media for a Windows event on June 24th. Both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chief product officer Panos Panay will be presenting at the Windows event. Microsoft’s Windows event will start at 11AM ET / 8AM PT on June 24th.

The invite comes just a week after Nadella teased a “next generation of Windows” announcement. Microsoft is expected to detail its next significant changes to Windows, and they will likely include a number of visual enhancements. We’re expecting to see some significant UI changes to Windows under something codenamed “Sun Valley.” Microsoft’s event invite even appears to tease a new Windows logo.

Microsoft’s Windows invite.

Microsoft confirmed last month that Windows 10X, its OS originally built for dual-screen devices, will no longer ship. The company is now rolling the visual elements of Windows 10X into the main version of Windows 10 instead.

A lot of the visual work has already started, with new system icons, File Explorer improvements, and the end of Windows 95-era icons. Microsoft is also focusing on improving the basic foundations of Windows, with fixes for a rearranging apps issue on multiple monitors, the addition of the Xbox Auto HDR feature, and improvements to Bluetooth audio support.

Nadella has also promised to unlock a better economy for developers and creators within Windows itself, so we’ll likely get a closer look at the store changes coming to Windows. Microsoft has been working on a new app store for Windows in recent months, and rumors have suggested Microsoft will open its store up to all apps and rival payment platforms.

The Verge will be covering Microsoft’s Windows event on June 24th, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

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I hope the seriously accommodate premium PC hardware in addition to mainstream devices in order to overall better accommodate creative & engineering professionals.

No excuse they can’t work with Adobe, Autodesk, & etc to have previews of their app’s docs much like MacOS natively does.

Autodesk employee here, but speaking for myself and not on behalf of anyone else. It’s a great idea and it’s something that is currently supported with Inventor, Revit, AutoCAD etc if you have those apps installed…. but to ship a viewer by default with Windows? That is much harder than it sounds.

If you want a basic image preview on Adobe, Autodesk etc software without requiring extra software, then the file formats themselves would have to change to include space for a screenshot. It would solve one problem but introduce several more — a high-fidelity photo of a Revit scene could add megabytes to the size of a file, to say nothing of increased file-save times while using the product, and questions of what angle would be suitable for a thumbnail.

The other approach of including the actual viewers with Windows would be a no-go for Microsoft for multiple good reasons: disk space, RAM usage, file version compatibility, performance, maintenance.

So yeah…. good idea, don’t wait up for it.

Now with all that said, there is still some cool integration between the Microsoft stack and newer Autodesk products. In AutoCAD 2020, for instance, we added the ability to piggy-back on OneDrive’s document version history capability, so you can flip back and see old versions of your DWG files right inside the application. There is also the ability to launch AutoCAD Web from the OneDrive web UI, so people can open their DWG files on a machine without AutoCAD installed.

They could easily integrate a system that allows identifying file types and suggesting an official app for previews to be downloaded on demand though. They already have a mime type database, associating that with specific store apps to be downloaded on a simple "yes/no" prompt should be easy.

Careful with your definition of "easy".

I’m an Office 365 subscriber, but I’m on my gaming rig right now which doesn’t have Word or Excel installed. If I look through my files, I don’t have any previews for .docx or .xlsx files. What behaviour would you expect every time I visit this folder in Explorer? Do I really want to see a bunch of pop-ups telling me to go to the Microsoft Store to get applications? That’d get annoying fast, so I’d probably turn off that prompt forever.

And how much disk space am I really going to be willing to spend to get 256×256px previews of files that I can’t edit anyways? (That’s the max thumbnail size in Windows 10) We’re not even talking about a real "viewer" app here…. just thumbnail generation! If I click on the thumbnail, I still can’t do anything!

Microsoft wisely figured out that most people who care about this level of functionality end up installing the full product anyways. Not a half-assed "Viewer" app like the now-discontinued Office Viewer.

It already works this way. Have you not seen it?

Warren,
As someone who supports Autodesk,I will prefer if they continue to decrease the installation file size. Since Revit 2013, the installer size has at least quadrupled.

As someone who doesn’t use Adobe or Autodesk, what is it that Apple does that Microsoft can’t do?

As a fellow tech professional, I appreciate you chiming in with this detail!

Really? that’s your gripe? No previews from some app? Which as Windows developer I can tell you that if you don’t do anything weird is already automatic?

The apps you enunciate are all apple centric apps, probably nothing windows does will ever be good to you, so why bother whining?

"unlock a better economy for developers and creators within Windows itself"

I’m just gonna throw this out there… Native Android on Windows

the ability to run Android apps would be awesome

They did that. The problem is that most apps depend on Google Play services to operate, and Google is unlikely to allow its Play services on Windows.

That would be a logical move to increase the Play store’s reach and generate additional revenue. But given Google’s past history of boycotting Microsoft’s platforms (e.g. YouTube on Windows Phone), I doubt it. I’d love to be wrong though!

Please fix HDR

Second this. I really hope that the support for Auto HDR means proper HDR support is coming. It’s a bit of a mess right now.

THIS. Having to toggle HDR on and off a couple times before Windows gets it right is very annoying every time I load a game.

I’d rather they did scaling first.

Incoming comments on (1) how Windows is broken and needs to be effectively rewritten, and (2) how Windows shouldn’t be touched and left alone as is (and preferably reverted to Windows 7).

This isn’t the Ars Technica comment sections, to be fair

or (3) WSL2 is proof that Microsoft is switching to the Linux kernel!

Some people are so obsessed with that idea, I really don’t get it.

I want to say that’s never going to happen, but WSL itself was never going to happen either, yet here we are.

But it still feels like Microsoft ditching NT for Unix is very much never going to happen. Like… it would make NO SENSE to make such a move.

"Next generation of Windows" brings back serious Longhorn memories! Hoping for some radical and exciting new updates, specially in terms of design and UX.

Microsoft are not aloud to make radical and exciting new updates because everybody except you and me will complain. Some of my friends even hated that MS made Windows 10 look nice and modern compared to Windows 7

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