Is the “next generation of Windows” a Windows 11?

There is vague evidence that Microsoft is about to launch Windows 11. A new note points more to a major update with a new name. Microsoft is keeping a low profile regarding its own plans for the next generation of Windows. Accordingly, there is speculation whether this is really a completely independent operating system or rather a visual update of Windows 10. A commit on Github – suggests that Windows Sun Valley will actually be a kind of Windows of its own.

“Learn about managing applications in Windows 10 and Windows Sun Valley,” says the YML file. Windows 10 and Sun Valley are specifically separated as separate instances. However, that could also mean that Microsoft will simply change the naming scheme of new major content updates. Instead of assigning numbers like 20H1, 20H2 or 21H1, Microsoft could take inspiration from Apple’s MacOS. There, new versions of the operating system, which is actually the same, are given more memorable names such as Mojave, Catalina or Monterey instead of numbers. Sun Valley could be the first Windows 10 to follow this new scheme.

Vague references to Windows 11

Previously, some publications had made various interpretations that indicated a possible Windows 11. The animated teaser trailer with the typical Windows logo generated the number 11 using rays of light. Microsoft deliberately left out the cross brace of the window, which would actually cast a shadow.

Another theory: The fact that the Sun Valley introductory event will be held on June 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. (EST) is another indication of Windows 11. As CNET correctly made clear, the company has already had events at this time before held.

The author thinks about it

We consider the vague references to Windows 11 to be a coincidence and rather think that Sun Valley will be a major content update for Windows 10 – including GUI adjustments and a more open Microsoft Store. The fact that Microsoft is changing the naming convention of its own updates is also plausible for the message of bringing the next generation of Windows.

This would keep the company true to the original Windows-as-a-Service concept, in which one version of Windows is constantly being improved instead of having completely independent successors.

At the moment only Microsoft knows what Windows Sun Valley is like. The plans are to be announced to the public from June 24, 2021.

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