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Microsoft: Next version of Windows unveiled on June 24th

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After giving clues about the next generation of Windows during the Build event last week, Microsoft announced that it will officially unveil the new version of its operating system on the 24th of June. The company has started sending out invitations to the press, and it has been revealed that CEO Satya Nadella and product director Panos Panay will be the headliners of the event.

On the sidelines of Build, Nadella said that in recent months the new operating system has been tested. He added: “We will provide more opportunities for all Windows developers and welcome all developers looking for the most innovative, new and open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications.” This is likely to refer to rumors of an update to the Windows Store, which is intended to make it easier for developers to distribute their apps to consumers.

The announcement follows news that Microsoft has canceled development of Windows 10X, a variant of the operating system that was initially aimed at dual-screen devices. Well, last year, the company shifted its focus from 10X to single-screen devices to potentially create a stronger competitor for Chrome OS. Now, Microsoft plans to redeem some 10X features for Windows 10.

Microsoft Next version of Windows unveiled on June 24th

Aside from asking: what news can Microsoft bring after Windows 10? When it launched in 2015, it was found to be a great combination of the best features of Windows 7 and 8. It had the clean desktop of the first, with touchscreen smarts additional from the last one (thankfully, the start menu also came back). Windows 10 was also the first big sign of how different Microsoft was under Nadedlla, who took over as CEO of Steve Ballmer in 2014.

In particular, he announced that Windows 10 would be free for a year (and longer for some users), a major twist on Microsoft’s previous strategy of charging for every new release. In doing so, Nadella encouraged users to migrate from Windows 7 and 8, making Windows 10 a more viable platform for developers looking to build modern apps.

Hopefully, Microsoft would put many of Windows 10X’s dual-screen features into its next operating system. You still haven’t seen many dual-screen PCs other than Lenovo’s clumsy Yoga Books, so Microsoft has every argument to encourage more PC makers to follow suit. The company also needs to work on Windows support for ARM devices, as its current operating system retains core hardware such as the Surface Pro.


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