10 to 11: The Next Generation of Microsoft Windows
Remember when Windows 10 was always supposed to be Microsoft's last generation of Windows? Few recall but it is true! When this computer operating system was first released back in July of 2015, it was said that Microsoft would end support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025; a date that officially marks just over ten years since the operating system was first introduced. However, as 2025 began to be not so far away anymore, many began to wonder about what was to come for the future of Microsoft Windows, and more specifically whether or not the company would stand true to its original word or progress in advancement. The answer is the latter.
On June 24th, 2021, Microsoft officially released its plan for Windows 11 during a virtual event. (Check out the event here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/event) The new Windows 11 features include a more simplified taskbar, visual changes on icons and interface elements, and most importantly an addition of a widgets drawer. This feature contains widgets that will be a key factor in Microsoft's monetization strategy (Hachman, 2021). In addition, Windows 11 will also now be compatible with Android apps, which will come to Windows via the Microsoft store.
This news is quite exciting due to the fact that Windows 10 was always supposed to be the last upgrade from Microsoft. However, as the world advances through technology, it seems as though the Windows 11 upgrade is only necessary for keeping up to speed and enabling the company to continue to thrive. Furthermore, users will certainly enjoy a Windows that is innovative and fresh! This upgrade will be free to all eligible Windows 10 PCs beginning in late 2021 and early 2022.
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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/event --> link to the Microsoft virtual event
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