KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft posted a Twitter update featuring an invite for its upcoming June 24 event
  • The invite also had an image that hinted at the launch of Windows 11
  • Windows 11 could launch with the Sun Valley project 

Microsoft’s latest invite for its upcoming June 24 Windows event reportedly teased that Windows 11 is about to launch.

As the buzz about the name of the next version of Windows continues to heat up, the recent still image from Microsoft could be a hint that Windows 11 is on its way. Rumors claim that the two blocks featured in the still image for the event that looks a bit like number 11 could suggest the software giant’s next operating system is not just an update to the current Windows 10 operating system, Windows Central reported.

On June 3, Microsoft posted a Twitter update featuring an invite for its upcoming June 24 event. The invite showcased an animated version of a previously posted image that looks like a new Windows logo.

The apparent Windows logo features both horizontal and vertical bars.  Yet, the light shining through the image coming from outside only reflected the vertical bar.

The Verge reported that the company intentionally ignored the crossbar making the outline look like the number 11. Reports claimed that the animated video could be a hint at the Windows 11 launch.

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President for Modern Life, Search and Devices at Microsoft later went to Twitter to express his excitement about a new version of Windows coming.

He added that he has not been excited for a Windows launch since Windows 95, suggesting that the upcoming Microsoft Event could launch something big.

Microsoft’s animated video invite and Mehdi’s statements reignite the public anticipation for a major Windows release as Panos Panay previously revealed. Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, said earlier this year that the next generation of Windows was coming.

Furthermore, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed during the Build 2021 in May that he has been testing the next generation of Windows for the past months.

“I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows,” Nadella said.

Meanwhile, reports link the alleged Windows 11 launch to Microsoft’s recent project codenamed Sun Valley. The company describes the project as the sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows, The Verge reported.

The anticipated Windows 11 launch could also bring in some of the features that Microsoft introduced to Windows 10X. The software giant recently ditched its own Chromium-based operating system intended to rival the Chrome OS after suspending the Surface Neo launch.

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