On Thursday, June 24, 2021, Microsoft will host an event to talk about “the next generation of Windows”. Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 11, after all, Windows 11 just leaked. Here’s how to look and what we expect to see.
When will the Windows 11 event take place?
Microsoft will be live streaming the event starting at 11 am EST on June 24, 2021. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Product Manager Panos Panay will both be in attendance. If you can’t log in during the live stream, you can go to Microsoft’s website and watch it later on your own schedule.
How to watch the Windows 11 event live
You can watch the Windows 11 event with a simple web browser. Just head to the official Microsoft Windows Event Page to connect when the time comes.
Microsoft’s event feeds work in any modern browser, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. You can stream them to a Windows 10 PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad, Android tablet, Linux PC, or whatever device you use.
Want to watch on a streaming device, game console, or smart TV? You may be able to find the live stream on Microsoft’s YouTube channel, too, when the time comes.
If you miss the live stream, you should be able to log in later by revisiting the page or finding it on Microsoft’s YouTube channel.
What to expect
During the Build 2021 conference opening address on May 25, 2021, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said he uses “the next generation of windows”For several months and that we would hear about it during this event.
Since then, Microsoft has teased Windows 11. But it’s not just a tease: A first leaked version of Windows 11 has already appeared.
So this is what we are waiting for: the official announcement of Windows 11. If you are curious about what the user interface of Windows 11 will look like, you can already take a look. There is a new Start menu, new icons (update of the “Sun Valley” interface) and a widgets button in the taskbar. Additionally, you must sign in with a Microsoft account unless you are upgrading to Windows 11 Professional.
However, the leak is an early build. During the announcement, we look forward to hearing more about future Windows 11 projects. Here’s what we look forward to hearing:
- Release plans: When will Microsoft release Windows 11? If we had to guess, we’d say before the end of 2021. In some ways, this feels more like a big Windows 10 update. However, we don’t know what the release cycle will be.
- Upgrade cost: If we had to guess, we would say that Windows 11 will be a free update to Windows 10. Our colleagues from Geek Reviews even managed to install the leaked version with a Windows 7 key. However, we do not know for sure.
- The future of the store: Microsoft has talked about a revamped Microsoft Store with more emphasis on desktop apps. There are even rumors going around that the Microsoft Store will allow other store apps like Steam as well as competing browsers like Google Chrome.
- Settings and Control Panel: The leaked version of Windows 11 contains the Settings app almost unchanged from Windows 10, and the control panel is still there. Does Microsoft finally plan to unify Windows settings?
- Everything else: We were originally wondering if Windows 11 leaked to create a hype, but honestly the leaked version is pretty disappointing. Microsoft probably wants to share more details about its plans for Windows 11 and the future of the Windows operating system.
We know a lot about the current version of Windows 11, which has been leaked, but we don’t know what changes Microsoft plans to make before its release or what the company’s big plans are. We will hear a lot more about this at the event.