Microsoft To Share Next-Gen Windows Details on June 24
- By Kurt Mackie
- June 03, 2021
An upcoming online presentation promises to shed some light on what Microsoft has planned for the Windows operating system.
A "What's New for Windows" event scheduled for June 24 will feature Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella had hinted during the Build 2021 event last month that the next-generation Windows release will be one of the most significant ones "of the past decade." He offered no further information at the time, although Nadella shared that he has been "self-hosting" this new Windows product "over the past several months."
Microsoft didn't share other details about the June 24 event, which will start at 8:00 a.m. PST, though it published this link for the general public to attend the talk.
Panay, formerly Microsoft's corporate vice president for devices, was promoted and now serves as Microsoft's chief product officer. He's notable for his past presentations on new Microsoft Surface products, including new dual-screen devices introduced in 2019. The Surface Duo was one such product that came to fruition as a product, but the Surface Neo dual-screen device, running Windows 10X, died a quiet death.
Panay had also introduced the new Windows 10X OS for these dual-screen devices back in 2019, but he later indicated that the OS was being repurposed for single-screen devices instead. Last month, though, Microsoft indicated that Windows 10X also underwent an unceremonious end. Its technologies were distributed into other Windows products.
On the developer side, Microsoft has been working to heal the split between Win32 (Windows 7) and the Universal Windows Platform (Windows 10) approaches with Project Reunion, but it's still at the preview stage.
The June 24 presentation possibly will clarify such trends.
Microsoft has previously said that Windows 10 was its last Windows client OS product. Windows 10 is actually a new OS twice per year via Microsoft's feature update model, where existing OS bits get replaced by new ones. Moreover, Microsoft did introduce Windows 10X as a coming new product before it killed it.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.