Microsoft may have mistakenly leaked that the next generation of Windows 10 will move away from its current naming scheme and switch to a macOS scheme using geographic locations or development names.
When Microsoft releases new major versions of Windows, historically the number associated with the version has changed. For example, Windows 7> Windows 8> Windows 8.1> Windows 10.
Last week, Microsoft announced a press event on June 24 at which they will “unveil the next generation of Windows.”
Microsoft’s Panos Panay tweeted a teaser video with this ad that showed what appeared to be sunlight streaming through a Windows logo to display a number 11.
Because of this, many thought that Microsoft might be hinting that the next version is Windows 11.
Regardless of the name, we know that the next major version of Windows 10 is currently codenamed ‘Sun Valley’. Unlike the latest feature updates, it is a massive release with modern new features and an updated user interface.
Leaked metadata can point to a new naming scheme
When Microsoft updates its website documentation, it publishes the changes to its GitHub repository.
“Learn to Manage Applications in Windows 10 and Windows Sun Valley”.
After realizing that they mistakenly added ‘Windows Sun Valley’ to the page metadata, they quickly changed the meta description to “Learn about managing applications in Windows 10.”
This leak is Microsoft’s first public reference to the Windows 10 Sun Valley update. However, the way it was written also indicates that Microsoft considers Windows 10 and Windows Sun Valley to be significantly different, rather than just a Windows 10 update.
It may also indicate that Microsoft is moving to a new naming scheme for the Windows operating system similar to macOS.
For example, macOS Catalina> macOS Big Sur> macOS Monterey.
While this is all speculation at this point, and we won’t know for sure until the next Windows event, moving to this naming scheme would make it a lot easier for Microsoft.
As they said earlier, Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows, they could continue to use the current codebase and switch to a new naming scheme.
By doing this, they would continue to validate your statement that Windows 10 is the latest version.
Microsoft’s continued use of Windows 10 as a code base for Windows
10 (?) Sun Valley is also indicated by existing enablement packages which allow you to change the version number to Windows 10 build 19044, also known as Windows 10 21H2 or Windows Sun Valley.