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This article was published on June 3, 2021

Microsoft’s new version of Windows will be announced on June 24

Enter the next-gen Windows

Microsoft’s new version of Windows will be announced on June 24
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Last week, Microsoft said that its next-gen Windows will be unveiled “very soon.” Now, the company has set a date for it: we’re going to see “what’s next for Windows” at an event on June 24 11AM ET.

This new update to Microsoft’s operating system is codenamed “Sun Valley” and reports suggest that it’ll bring refreshed UI elements, along with other changes.

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A report from Windows Central notes that the new Windows update will bring a redesigned taskbar that could have pinned apps. Plus, it could make the system tray work better with touch screen devices.

The upcoming Windows version's updated taskbar
Credit: Windows Central
The upcoming Windows version’s updated taskbar

What’s more, the company could overhaul its current app store to bring more apps and games and make it easier to find them. Developers might be able to submit different types of apps, including browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.

Apart from this more features such as a battery usage chart, a news and interests widget in the taskbar, and better tab management on Microsoft’s Edge browser are coming to this version of Windows.

As the Verge reported in March, the tech giant is also planning to bring the Auto HDR feature — available in Xbox X and Xbox S series consoles — to improve the gaming experience on the PC.

This seems like an exciting update for Windows users, so don’t forget to tune into Plugged for all the related coverage on June 24.

(June 7, 2021: We altered the headline to make it clear that the next version of Windows will be announced, rather than launched, on June 24).

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