When Microsoft released Windows 10 the company vowed and declared it would be the last Windows version ever. However, recent events and announcements have fueled a serious rumor that the next major Windows update, due in June 2021, will be a brand new version, Windows 11.
Microsoft recently announced a new Windows event for June 24th, with a promise to show “what’s next for Windows.” The event announcement includes an image of what appears to be a new Windows logo, with light shining through a window creating an outline that very much resembles the number 11.
The event announcement comes on the heels of CEO Satya Nadella’s recent statement:
Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators. I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows.
And, in what appears to be the biggest hint of all, Microsoft has officially announced an end of support date for Windows 10 Home and Pro as of October 14 2025 at which time it will be retired: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro
Some of the changes coming in Windows 11, codenamed the “Sun Valley” update and hitherto known as Windows 10 version 21H2, include an overhauled Start menu with Live Tiles de-emphasized, a new look File Explorer, modernizing the built-in Apps, updates to sliders, buttons, and controls found throughout Windows. And the new user interface (UI) will feature rounded corners with a more fluent design. A lot of these visual changes are the result of the work Microsoft completed on Windows 10X, a lightweight version of Windows that was intended to rival Chrome OS before it was scrapped.
Perhaps the most interesting rumored change involves a revamped Microsoft Store to allow developers to submit any Windows application, including browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, as well as allowing third-party commerce platforms in Apps. Microsoft Store hasn’t exactly been a resounding success and these changes would significantly improve its appeal.
Moving to a Windows 11 would also potentially reinvigorate interest in the operating system; it’s no secret that new Windows versions have proved to be successful at arousing interest in the past. If Microsoft backs that up with a new UI and a fresh look and feel for Windows, it will represent a return to the traditional Windows releases we have long been familiar with.
Microsoft has long struggled with its naming conventions for new Windows 10 versions which have only served to confuse, and a move to Windows 11, while potentially naming subsequent updates Windows 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, etc., would certainly help both consumers and IT admin quickly understand and identify which version is the latest.
Of course, this is all conjecture at the moment, albeit fueled by a number of serious hints. A move to Windows 11 would represent a surprising turnaround for Microsoft with the company previously referring to Windows 10 as “the last version of Windows” in its big push to promote “Windows as a service”.