Microsoft To Say What's New for Windows in June 24 Exec Talk

Microsoft is planning to describe the next direction it'll be taking with its Windows operating system in a June 24 "What's New for Windows" online presentation.

The talk will feature Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer. Specifics weren't shared, but Microsoft issued press invites regarding the event.

Microsoft also published this link for the general public to attend the talk, which will start at 8:00 a.m. PST. The link offers no details about the talk, but it includes an automated calendar reminder option.

The talk likely will follow up on Nadella's hint during the Build 2021 event last month that its next-generation Windows release will be one of the most significant ones "of the past decade." He offered no further information, although Nadella shared that he has been "self-hosting" this new Windows product "over the past several months."

Panay, formerly Microsoft's corporate vice president for devices, was promoted and now serves as Microsoft's chief product officer. He's notable for his past presentations on new Microsoft Surface products, including new dual-screen devices introduced in 2019. The Surface Duo was one such product that came to fruition as a product, but the Surface Neo dual-screen device, running Windows 10X, died a quiet death.

Panay had also introduced the new Windows 10X OS for these dual-screen devices back in 2019, but he later indicated that the OS was being repurposed for single-screen devices instead. Last month, though, Microsoft indicated that Windows 10X also underwent an unceremonious end. Its technologies were distributed into other Windows products.

On the developer side, Microsoft has been working to heal the split between Win32 (Windows 7) and the Universal Windows Platform (Windows 10) approaches with Project Reunion, but it's still at the preview stage.

The June 24 presentation possibly will clarify such trends.

Microsoft has previously said that Windows 10 was its last Windows client OS product. Windows 10 is actually a new OS twice per year via Microsoft's feature update model, where existing OS bits get replaced by new ones. Moreover, Microsoft did introduce Windows 10X as a coming new product before it killed it.

So all bets are off on what will be new for Windows.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.


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