Rumour has it that
Microsoft has cancelled Windows 10X to focus on the
Sun Valley update for the desktop operating system. During
or after the Build 2021 developer conference, Microsoft will
reportedly announce ‘the new Windows’, which is likely to be
the Sun Valley update with a brand-new Start Menu and other
The ‘new’ Windows, Sun Valley update – whatever it may be –
could be announced in the coming weeks. During the Ignite
conference, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay made
a couple of comments about the future of Windows, where he said
that the “future of Windows is incredible”.
Now, in a new LinkedIn post, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice
President Yusuf Mehdi also confirmed that the company will
share exciting Windows and Surface updates in the coming
“It was awesome to be back on campus this week for the first
time in over a year to record a virtual keynote. This one was
for Microsoft employees only, but excited for all the Windows
and Surface updates we have to share with you in the coming
months…stay tuned,” Yusuf Mehdi wrote in a
LinkedIn post on April 28.
Of course, it’s a vague tease and it’s unclear what changes are
in the store for Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Surface lineup.
However, it suggests that Microsoft will begin teasing Sun
Valley Update in the near future in some manner. Since Windows
10X has been cancelled, the Sun Valley update is the more
likely project being referred to here.
This new teaser also lines up with the previous reports, which
suggested that the Sun Valley update will be finalized in June
for October/November launch.
As mentioned at the outset, Panos Panay, another senior
Microsoft executive, also confirmed that the “next generation
of Windows” is in the works and it’s going to be “incredible”.
“I haven’t talked about the next generation of Windows and
what’s coming next, but I can tell you I am so pumped,” Panos
Panay said at the Ignite 2021 conference.
The future of Surface lineup
In addition to Windows, Microsoft is also believed to be
working on new Surface products.
Our sources have indicated that
Surface Duo 2 and
Surface Pro 8 are still on track for the fall 2021 launch.
The first-generation Surface Duo was launched in 2020 and it
got a mixed response from both consumers and reviewers. Poor
camera and a botched software experience were a few
shortcomings of the device.
The second iteration of the Surface Duo is also expected to
come with significant improvements for the camera and software,
and it’s also said to be 5G ready.