Windows 10 Sun Valley (version 21H2) will roll out to users later this year, likely during November. However, Microsoft is preparing to shed some light on what Sun Valley will bring and the wider future for Windows 10. The company has sent out invites for a What's Next for Windows event later this month.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will continue Microsoft's recent output by being all virtual. The company says the What's Next for Windows will take place on June 24 at 11am ET:
With Nadella and Panay leading the event, this is going to be a big show with some major announcements. As we start with Sun Valley and look further ahead, we expect Microsoft to deliver a roadmap for a reimagining of Windows 10.
Nadella confirmed as much as the recent Build 2021 developer conference. The CEO said Windows 10 is entering into a period that will being the biggest overhaul of the platform since it launched. It is unlikely all the changes will come through the Sun Valley update, so what Microsoft has to say about 2022 updates will be interesting.
We already know that Microsoft is overhauling the look and feel of Windows 10. We also know Windows 10X is now cancelled and its features will fold into the regular Win10 SKU. Aside from that, it is unclear what other big announcements Microsoft will make.
With product chief Panos Panay on board at the event, there is a hope of some new Surface devices. Computing-based from the Surface division have been somewhat bland in recent years. It would be nice to see a major shake-up to one of the product lines, but that is unlikely. Certainly, with Windows 10X nixed it seems the Surface Neo will not be that that device.
However, there is a small chance Microsoft will introduce the Surface Duo 2. It has been nearly a year since the original smartphone launched and it is expected a second-generation device should arrive at some point this year.
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