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Big Windows Changes Coming at June 24th Event

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We've been hearing information about the "Sun Valley" UX redesign for Windows since last year, and now it seems like we might finally be getting a look at it. Microsoft today announced that it will be holding a livestream on June 24th detailing “what’s next for Windows,” and although information on what that actually means is sparse, we have a few guesses.

At Microsoft Build, CEO Satya Nadella teased we'd soon see the future of Windows 10. We've already seen some very slight changes to system icons, 

We reported five months ago that Microsoft was hiring for a Windows UX overhaul, probably Sun Valley, so it’s possible we might finally be seeing the fruits of that labor. A job listing originally said that the retooling would involve “a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers that Windows is BACK,” so this is likely to be a pretty big update.

The original Sun Valley reports also said that the focus would be on bringing “modern designs, better animations, and new features,” to Windows staples like the start menu, action center and file explorer.

It’s also possible that any UX overhaul might include elements from Windows 10X, a version of the OS meant for dual-screen devices that got mothballed just last month so that the team could focus on the desktop version. 

Additionally, there have been reports that Microsoft is retooling the Microsoft Store to accept more software, games and provide freedom to developers.

It isn't clear if this is part of 21H2, the next big scheduled update, or something that will come sooner. Whatever it is, we'll be covering it on June 24.

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • Gomez Addams
    This sounds terrifying. Windows keeps getting worse with every version so I fully expect this to be repulsive. I liked W7 and it's been downhill since then.
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  • dalauder
    Gomez Addams said:
    This sounds terrifying. Windows keeps getting worse with every version so I fully expect this to be repulsive. I liked W7 and it's been downhill since then.
    It's been downhill since Windows XP pretty much. But at least Windows 7 is mostly Windows XP with Wi-Fi and other modern networking needs.

    Their descriptions make it sound like stupid new icons and animations with new touch features or weird desktops imposed on us--plus making it a more locked system.

    I just want them to improve stability so it quits crashing or having other problems like broken sleep mode.
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  • IceQueen0607
    dalauder said:
    I just want them to improve stability so it quits crashing or having other problems like broken sleep mode.

    +1.

    M$ seems to be spending more and more time on the looks and less and less on underlying performance and stability. They seem to think everyone judges a book by it's cover, and if it looks nice it doesn't matter how bad it performs. Are people really that vain?

    I've kept my systems on LTSC mainly because (1). There is nothing compelling to make any later upgrade worthwhile (2). Each new version becomes more of a locked ecosystem that becomes more bloated and worse performing (3). Bugs, bugs and more bugs and (4). It feels and runs less like "my computer" with each new release.
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  • Mandark
    I haven’t had any problem with windows 10 since it’s been released you guys just like to btch and moan

    Advice to you if you don’t like it go run Linux or some other operating system
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  • MJS WARLORD
    My first pc was on xp in 2002.
    Next was vista , that was a nightmare , its origonal name was longhorn whilst it was under development and it took so long to release that they changed its name to vista in the hope that users would forget the word longhorn. It was an awful operating system and had so many performance logs that if you were paranoid you could actually convince yourself your pc was faulty.
    At the same time i was using vista i got a spare pc with windows 7 on it , the pc shop described 7 as vista with all the rubbish taken out , after booting it up vista became my spare pc.
    Before buying a pc with windows 10 on it i put the free version on a spare pc so i could get a feel of how it worked.
    I eventually got a custom built games rig with windows 10 on it , it only came with the operating system installed so i was free of bloatware and trial software.

    I currently have 2 desktops and a laptop all running windows 10 and can say in all honesty that i have never had a problem with any of them , unlike some people i think 10 is the best.

    FOOTNOTE even when xp was outdated i kept it as a spare because it came with a free copying program called dx now , it could handle anything , that is until you had to register games id codes online .
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  • Gomez Addams
    dalauder said:
    It's been downhill since Windows XP pretty much. But at least Windows 7 is mostly Windows XP with Wi-Fi and other modern networking needs.

    Their descriptions make it sound like stupid new icons and animations with new touch features or weird desktops imposed on us--plus making it a more locked system.

    I just want them to improve stability so it quits crashing or having other problems like broken sleep mode.
    The sleep mode infuriates me but the updater really sets me off. Some genius in Redmond thinks it's a good idea to start up a gaming laptop while it is sleeping with its lid closed and perform an update. Then they leave it running. They don't even have the decency to shut it down. This is so utterly stupid because the machine has a 2070 in it and after running with the lid closed for several hours the keys were too hot to touch.

    Then there is the matter of the stupid-looking UI but I'll stop there.
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