Microsoft’s next Windows 11 event is happening next week. This time, Microsoft is expected to discuss Windows 11 for commercial customers, highlighting how the OS was built for hybrid work scenarios. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chief product officer Panos Panay are set to take the stage, along with a handful of other presenters, touching on Windows 11 and Microsoft 365.
The event is happening on the Microsoft website on April 5 at 8AM PT. So, what should we expect to see at this event? Let’s put our thinking caps on.
An overview of the first big Windows 11 feature update
Microsoft is currently testing the next release (version 22H2) of Windows 11 in the Insider Dev and Beta Channels, but it hasn’t “formally” announced the next version of its OS yet. This event will be a suitable place for Microsoft to do that, highlighting new that are already features in testing, including improvements to File Explorer, Action Center, touch gestures, productivity enhancements, and under the hood improvements around security, performance, and more.
This event is designed for Microsoft to be able to sit down with commercial customers and essentially “sell” the Windows 11 vision to them. Expect lots of talk about how Windows 11 is great for the enterprise with enhanced security features and group policy additions. Plus, we also expect to hear more about Windows 365, and how Windows 11 can enhance businesses around the world via the cloud.
Additionally, we may see Microsoft talk about a small handful of new Windows 11 features that we haven’t yet seen in the Insider Program officially. Let’s break down what those could be.
Microsoft has been working on a new smart feature called “Suggested Actions” that will present quick access to common tasks when copying dates, times, and phone numbers to your clipboard. For example, copying a date or time from a Microsoft Word document or website will present a quick action for creating an event using those details in the Calendar app. Copying a phone number will also present a quick action for creating a new contact in Outlook.
A new Outlook email app
It’s possible that Microsoft will take the wraps off its new desktop Outlook email client, known internally as “Project Monarch” or “One Outlook.” This email client is expected to eventually replace the built-in Mail and Calendar apps on Windows 11, though we don’t expect that to happen right now. Instead, the new app will be pre-loaded in Windows 11 alongside the existing client for those who aren’t ready to make the switch right away.
The new Outlook client is based on web tech, offering a lightweight, fast, email experience that can be deployed across Windows, Mac, and Outlook Web. The app is expected to launch in preview in the coming weeks, so an announcement on April 5 looks likely.