Watch the Microsoft Windows 11 Event for June 24, 2021 here

Microsoft is set to unveil its next OS, presumably Windows 11, and you can watch the livestream right here.

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The Microsoft Windows event livestream, which has been assumed to be the announcement and reveal of Windows 11, is scheduled to happen today. Those that want to see the news live as it happens will need to tune in and buckle up. Here’s what you need to do to watch Microsoft announce what’s next for Windows.

Microsoft Windows 11 Event livestream

The Microsoft Windows 11 Event livestream is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET on June 24, 2021. Right now, viewers are being asked to go to the Microsoft Windows Event page, which offers a function to get a reminder. However, Microsoft may opt to stream it through its official YouTube channel.

No matter where Microsoft opts to stream the Windows Event livestream, you’ll find the relevant links in this article. As for what the event will actually entail, no one knows right now. In saying that, most assume it is the next version of the company’s operating system, thought to be Windows 11.

Early reports indicate the next version of Windows will include an overhaul to the user interface in order to make it appear more modern. The Verge has noted that the Windows store was being worked on by Microsoft, so we could be treated to something more user-friendly.

With the Microsoft Windows Event coming up quickly, and with most parties predicting Windows 11, it’s bound to be a livestream worth checking out. Be sure to keep it locked to Shacknews as we cover all the announcements and hottest bits from the show.

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    June 24, 2021 2:00 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Watch the Microsoft Windows 11 Event for June 24, 2021 here

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      June 24, 2021 5:38 AM

      Calling it now:
      Windows as a service
      Free basic version
      Tiered features
      Never have to "buy" windows again
      Can install it on anything you own
      Will not be able to delay any patches
      Newer touchcable features
      (maybe) full ARM support (?)

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        June 24, 2021 6:13 AM

        I think the "Windows as a Service" concept is dead. People don't buy new Operating systems anymore they get Windows when they buy their computer and that is it.

        Windows 11 is just going to be the next version of Windows 10. You will install it just like you do any other Semi-Annual update. And instead of it saying Windows 10 21H2 or 22H1 or whatever it will say Windows 11. They were already planning on updating the UI to what the Windows 11 UI is in Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2).

        So my call is. Windows 11 will just be the next version of Windows 10 with a new UI, new Window Store, and some new features that were supposed to be part of Windows 10X. If you already have a Windows 10 license it will be free to upgrade to.

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          June 24, 2021 6:15 AM

          Sorry by "Windows as a Service" I mean Windows OS as a Paid service. They will make money on Windows from OEM's and Businesses. And from consumers they will make money on things like Office, Onedrive, and Store royalties.

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            June 24, 2021 6:33 AM

            To me the key points are that it'll be free and it will be constantly updated for security. I assume they'll have some way to monetize it, but I don't have a good guess on how other than "features." I could see MS want to try to tie MS services into the OS subscription, but I think they'll be investigated globally by all governing bodies if they try that model.

            "Film at a 11"

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              June 24, 2021 6:50 AM

              The services they are going to add on are things like Onedrive, Office, Gamepass, etc.

              Microsoft today is a different company than Microsoft of 10+ years ago it is much more security focused than previously. And they want people to use legitimate versions of their OS so customers can get security and feature updates. The quickest way to get people back to pirating Windows is to charge for it again. Also if they don't do a seamless free upgrade from 10 to 11 most people aren't going to upgrade and come Windows 10 EOL in 2025 you are going to have a bunch of unpatched Windows 10 machines out there and either Microsoft will need to pull an XP and extend support or allow the security risks.

              And given that they make all of their OS money from OEM's and Businesses and that has been the case for a while. I just think for consumers it is going to just be they reboot their computer one day and instead of Windows 10 it will say Windows 11 with the new UI and they will keep trucking along as they have been with Windows 10.

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          June 24, 2021 7:42 AM

          This is my hope too. Apple kind of broke the mold so to speak with Mac OS & iOS free upgrades.

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        June 24, 2021 7:58 AM

        what is a "touchcable?"

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      June 24, 2021 7:42 AM

      I just hope my Windows 10 Pro digital license can be upgraded to whatever the Win 11 equivalent is. They did this for Windows 7->8 then 10, so I assume it will be similar.

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      June 24, 2021 7:59 AM

      Got it sitting here waiting to start.

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      June 24, 2021 8:02 AM

      Win 11 is probably going to be to Win 10 what Win 10 was to Win 8, an evolution of features and UI but a free update to current Win 10 users.

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      June 24, 2021 8:05 AM

      Anyone else getting shitty buffering?

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      June 24, 2021 8:06 AM

      YouTube link https://youtu.be/7Y_RZf5i_LE

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        June 24, 2021 8:09 AM

        Ha, never mind. CNET is just transcoding MS’s awful web player, buffering and all. You can see the web player nav bar.

        Is MS bringing back realplayer? I’ve never seen this webplayer before and I hope I never do again.

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      June 24, 2021 8:09 AM

      This link has been butter smooth: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/event

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        June 24, 2021 8:10 AM

        thats the one thats shitting out now

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          June 24, 2021 8:10 AM

          Strange, it's been great for me.

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            June 24, 2021 8:13 AM

            Disconnected twice and now it isn't even buffering. It just won't load

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      June 24, 2021 8:10 AM

      It looks like they did a lot of work on the window manager in touch and regular desktop modes. Looks nice.

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      June 24, 2021 8:12 AM

      I'm stuck on a sales call that was supposed to be 5 minutes and looks like it is going much longer because people keep going off on tangents...

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      June 24, 2021 8:12 AM

      I hope they have taken us side taskbar users into account with the new start menu. It looks pretty, though!

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        June 24, 2021 8:23 AM

        They had the courage to get rid of the side taskbar. Now they can make it thinner.

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      June 24, 2021 8:17 AM

      Engadget stream is smooth for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8rckejTi60

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      June 24, 2021 8:20 AM

      I don’t want Teams on my desktop :(
      I have too bad memories of it

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        June 24, 2021 8:22 AM

        its not full teams, it's the new personal teams they launched this year. same code, but not with all the corporate stuff

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          June 24, 2021 8:26 AM

          Haven’t tried it. I tried teams last year and it wasn’t the best experience.

          Hope this light version is better

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            June 24, 2021 8:27 AM

            oh, well, then you are nuts. Teams is the best. I use it more than anything else - more than outlook or a browser.

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          June 24, 2021 11:26 AM

          Same code sounds fucking terrible, TBH. 😂

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        June 24, 2021 8:33 AM

        Looks like they're trying to turn Teams into how iMessage/Facetime works in the iOS ecosystem.

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          June 24, 2021 8:34 AM

          for sure, but the difference is it still works on ios and macos and android as well. that is a major advantage

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            June 24, 2021 8:40 AM

            Agreed, but the challenge will be getting people to migrate to a new service when they already have a huge group of friends/family they're used to communicating with on iMessage/Facetime. The whole iMessage/Facetime issue was actually a big part of me deciding to change from a Pixel 3 to an iPhone 12 last year, just because there's so many of my friends who already use iMessage/Facetime, and there wasn't a good cross-platform competitor that would easily work for Apple people.

            I would absolutely love to have a single platform to communicate with people across any device and operating system. But Apple has a huge head start on a bigger user base. If Microsoft can find a way to encourage Apple users to migrate to Teams, I'd be all for it. But I worry Teams will just become another cross-platform communication platform that further fragments the userbase. We'll have to see how it goes.

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          June 24, 2021 8:47 AM

          What if they just literally just changed their executable name of Skype to personal teams?

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            June 24, 2021 8:48 AM

            Isn't that what they tried to do with Lync? My current bane

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              June 24, 2021 8:49 AM

              no. lync was renamed skype for biz and then sunset for the new teams a/v experience

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            June 24, 2021 8:49 AM

            personal teams exists today within the current teams app. it's not skype. https://i.imgur.com/DBNGjtH.jpg

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            June 24, 2021 8:50 AM

            If it's anything like the difference between Skype for Business vs Teams (professional), then I'm all for Personal Teams taking over for Skype.

            If you haven't used Teams in the last year or so, it's a pretty solid communication platform. I've been super happy with it at work after we migrated from Skype for Business to using Teams. It's a much better product.

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      June 24, 2021 8:20 AM

      I'm stuck on a call so don't have audio on... What am I seeing here? Look kinda Mac like experience?

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        June 24, 2021 8:21 AM

        Apple and Microsoft is merging, and will be called AppleSoft.

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          June 24, 2021 8:22 AM

          Will MS mice have to move their charging port to the bottom? <shudder>

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            June 24, 2021 8:25 AM

            Yes, but then you also have to ask Clippy to start charging it for you.

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          June 24, 2021 8:24 AM

          I prefer Micropple.

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          June 24, 2021 8:49 AM

          Maybe it was the direction they went in but Microsoft tried to get into hardware and failed miserably.

          I'm mostly thinking it's Steve Balmer's fault. He tried to shoehorn everything into a mobile only experience or something I don't know.

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          June 24, 2021 11:34 AM

          I was really expecting MicrApple.

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      June 24, 2021 8:25 AM

      I realize the stream isn't over, but what hits me first watching this is that MS is making Windows 11 about the end user experience. And this approach/attitude is pretty new from them. its usually a nice coat of paint and then all the 'corporate' features.

      Yes, a lot of this is borrowed from ios and macos and other places, but it's still welcome. and focused on how I as a user use it. About time

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        June 24, 2021 8:46 AM

        This speech at the end speaking about agency in personal computing is nice. I know every now and then there is a doomsday article saying "the age of personal computing is over", and sometimes I fear a future where that is true, given the direction the mobile market has headed where you don't own and are not entitled to basically anything.

        I didn't expect Microsoft to be the company that would speak this way about the future, but I am happy to be pleasantly surprised.

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      June 24, 2021 8:29 AM

      I want to be cynical, but I kinda like everything so far.

      waiting for someone to hold MS's beer.

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      June 24, 2021 8:29 AM

      Auto-HDR for Games in Windows? Ehh.........

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        June 24, 2021 8:30 AM

        I'm in, I'm sure you can turn it off per app if you want.

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      June 24, 2021 8:29 AM

      So they are bringing the Auto HDR from Xbox Series X to Windows 11 for games.

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      June 24, 2021 8:30 AM

      EVEN DOOM 64.

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      June 24, 2021 8:30 AM

      That HDR demo looked like they just messed with the contrast and brightness? Not sure that it looked amazing.

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        June 24, 2021 8:37 AM

        It’s an SDR feed. You can’t see the difference with that.

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        June 24, 2021 8:38 AM

        Hard to judge fairly considering the stream quality is shoddy having to go through at least 2 different encoders since MS's stream is so piss poor and watching it be restreamed by 3rd party sites. But, if they can improve Windows HDR it would be a welcome feature. Just that no one has a decent HDR monitor on their windows pc unfortunately. HDR 400 isn't "really" hdr, ya know?

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        June 24, 2021 8:39 AM

        the AutoHR stuff on my XSX is legit. if it's the same tech, it will be very welcome

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      June 24, 2021 8:31 AM

      gaming on windows 11:

      auto HDR
      Direct Storage
      xbox app native (don't have to install)

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      June 24, 2021 8:31 AM

      Xbox Game Pass built right into Windows....

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        June 24, 2021 8:39 AM

        I had to focus on my call. Is that real? If so they'll get an lawsuit about it by the end of the year if they don't allow Steam/Epic/GoG to have similar access at the os level.

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          June 24, 2021 8:40 AM

          its just the xbox app being part of the default install

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            June 24, 2021 8:43 AM

            So was their browser. Still got sued by multiple governments.

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              June 24, 2021 8:50 AM

              I am sure you will be able to not install it during install and via oem switches. just like edge today

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          June 24, 2021 8:41 AM

          Yeah, they said you can use pretty much any Android app on the desktop.

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            June 24, 2021 8:41 AM

            whoops wrong reply. lol

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            June 24, 2021 8:44 AM

            Interesting.... That has wide ramifications in terms of services from Google. I can't think through that just yet.

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              June 24, 2021 9:02 AM

              they are using the amazon store, so no google apps

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                June 24, 2021 9:05 AM

                Oh, screw that.

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                  June 24, 2021 9:11 AM

                  they probably didn't want to use the google store itself cause, well, they are huge competitors there

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      June 24, 2021 8:35 AM

      bring your own commerce engine ---- shots fired

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      June 24, 2021 8:36 AM

      Android Apps coming to Windows... :O

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        June 24, 2021 8:43 AM

        via the Amazon store is what I heard - connected into the windows store for single point of install

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        June 24, 2021 9:51 AM

        That’s nice. I use blue stacks to use amazon coins on hearthstone for cheaper packs occasionally. Now it’s built right in!

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      June 24, 2021 8:37 AM

      Just noticed the ASL option, pretty cool

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      June 24, 2021 8:37 AM

      I keep thinking this guy is about to cry a little

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        June 24, 2021 8:38 AM

        he needs his hands duct taped to his side

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        June 24, 2021 11:21 AM

        The patented Panos Panay panache! I like how passionate he is.

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      June 24, 2021 8:45 AM

      ffs, no tabbed explorer?

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      June 24, 2021 8:45 AM

      Windozzzzzzzzzze

      I'll upgrade just because. Not a single OS feature presented that would change the way I would work with my computer (I don't know what would). In fact, there seems to be more getting bundled and integrated that I don't want.

      Free / cheap upgrade, please!

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      June 24, 2021 8:46 AM

      what a contrast from the mac os streams to this. this felt … more friendly. less pushy? Not sure how to put it.

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      June 24, 2021 8:46 AM

      I guess no price model or release date?

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        June 24, 2021 8:47 AM

        Guess not.

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        June 24, 2021 8:56 AM

        Price model is free

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        June 24, 2021 9:08 AM

        release date is Q4 2021 - this year

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          June 24, 2021 9:11 AM

          I wonder if we are still getting Windows 10 21H2 since I don't believe that has gone to RTM yet which would usually happen around now. Or if they are just going to make the Fall update Windows 11 instead.

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            June 24, 2021 9:11 AM

            oh, they will def do 10 21H2 and probably 1022H1 - cause a lot of companies will roll this out slowly

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          June 24, 2021 9:52 AM

          Feek yea

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          June 24, 2021 10:41 AM

          But what if my Windows 10 is activated from a Windows 8 key?

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            June 24, 2021 11:24 AM

            I’m willing to bet it’s going to work, seeing as how Microsoft is giving every indication that they’re disinterested in charging for OS upgrades anymore. The number of people who buy Windows upgrades is minuscule compared to people who just buy a laptop and it comes with Windows so they’ll charge the OEMs.

            In the meantime it’s much more valuable to get everyone on the latest version, especially since it has things like GamePass built in which they charge for.

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      June 24, 2021 8:51 AM

      Just noticed Engadget has a full Win11 write up, so the media has had it for a while.

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        June 24, 2021 8:52 AM

        There was croutons last week

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        June 24, 2021 8:52 AM

        yes - last week. a bunch of write ups for a week or so have been out there. but some stuff isn't enabled in that build, like the android apps

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      June 24, 2021 8:54 AM

      I joined the stream late so I did some skipping around and might have missed it, but did they talk about WSL on Windows 11 at all? I'd love if they did more native integration of WSL on Windows 11.

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        June 24, 2021 8:56 AM

        they are doing two more streams today - one for the commercial / oem audience in 30ish minutes and a dev update this afternoon - 3 pm something

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          June 24, 2021 9:17 AM

          is there a link to the commercial one?

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            June 24, 2021 9:18 AM

            not that I have found - it just said 'windows 11 commercial announcement with a countdown lock when the main stream ended

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      June 24, 2021 9:00 AM

      Good overview - https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/24/22546791/microsoft-windows-11-announcement-features-updates

      Not sure when it'll be coming out though, or if it'll be a free upgrade.

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      June 24, 2021 9:06 AM

      So it looks like FancyZones or at least some form of it is coming to base Windows that is nice.

      The store changes are big as well. Allowing Win32 apps, Android Apps, and 3rd party payment processors.

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        June 24, 2021 9:17 AM

        its FZ+ - you can save the window patterns as a taskbar icon for easy reuse, and attach them to the new themes

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      June 24, 2021 9:16 AM

      I wish... anyone... in that stream... could finish a... sentence... without a... dramatic... pause... #SuperExcited

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      June 24, 2021 9:21 AM

      from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11

      When will I be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on my Windows 10 device?

      If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.


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        June 24, 2021 9:34 AM

        Similar strategy they used for Win10 upgrade path

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      June 24, 2021 9:25 AM

      I'm still waiting for Windows 9

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      June 24, 2021 9:43 AM

      Xbox Game Pass will be build into Win11

      https://www.polygon.com/22548822/windows-11-xbox-game-pass-pc-auto-hdr-directstorage

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        June 24, 2021 9:53 AM

        Good. I just hope the upgrade doesn’t mess up the encrypted drive like it does when you do a PC reset in W10.

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      June 24, 2021 9:53 AM

      I dig it. Small changes nothing major. Improving on an already great W10 OS.

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