Microsoft will host a new event on June 24, but we believe that the company’s biggest surprise has slipped ahead of that date. The company was gearing up to reveal Windows 11 as the new big update for its operating system, but a leaked build has crossed the whole internet over the past few hours revealing most of the goodies coming with the early build of Windows 11. Now the company, may not have many surprises for June 24, rather than revealing more details about its strategy with Windows 11.
According to a recent report, one of Windows 11 key strategies will be offering a free upgrade to some older Windows users. That may include those running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. We assume that it will come free for Windows 10. The update still looks a lot like Windows 10, of course with a new makeover. Microsoft is yet to disclose details, however, the report bases itself on some product configuration keys that were leaked in the Windows 11 build.
The folks at XDA-Developers have spotted some product configuration keys in the build with the titles of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The report further states that there is a file for Windows 8. However, that version isn’t supported. It is likely that users might need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 first. Then, they will able to upgrade to Windows 11.
Microsoft wants all its users to update to Windows 11
If you recall, Microsoft started this strategy with the rollout of Windows 10. It arrives as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. The fact is that due to the success of Windows 7, the company didn’t want to make it another Windows XP. Having a free update for Windows 10 ensured a smooth upgrade for most users. According to Microsoft, there are over 1.3 billion devices running Windows 10 currently. Now, the company wants to ensure that this huge amount of users will migrate to Windows 11.
The next Microsoft Operating System has some neat design enhancements. One of the most notable changes is the centered taskbar, however, the start menu also gets a brand new visual. Microsoft also modernized the Shell to bring modern icons. These icons have subtle 3D finishes, taking a major departure from the all-flat design of Windows 10. Worth noting that Windows 11 seems to be using many of the design elements introduced with the discontinued Windows 10X.
As far as the features are concerned, Windows 11 still feels like Windows 10. Microsoft will reveal all details in the next week. Perhaps, the company still has other upcoming features to disclose at the keynote. We expect the first previews to be rolled shortly after the event.