Windows 11 images leak online…and look much like Windows 10

Microsoft has shifted the Start menu to the middle (Baidu)
Microsoft has shifted the Start menu to the middle (Baidu)

Microsoft is widely expected to reveal the next version of Windows after it emerged Windows 10 will not be supported beyond 2025.

And we may have gotten a look at it sooner than expected, if an internet leak proves accurate.

Chinese social media site Baidu got hold of some pretty convincing images and videos of the new user interface (UI) for what’s being called ‘Windows 11’.

They show a fairly standard desktop UI with a few key tweaks: the Start menu and app icons have been centralised (although a second screenshot shows them pinned to the left like we’re used to) and the tray area has been cleaned up from Windows 10.

The corners have been rounded on the windows and, naturally, there’s a dark and a light theme.

Extra usability features include the option to ‘snap’ different windows to different parts of the screen. To do this, one of the videos shows the cursor hovering over the maximise option in the corner of the window and revealing a drop down box of possible snaps.

You can shift the pinned app icons back to the left if you want (Baidu)
You can shift the pinned app icons back to the left if you want (Baidu)

Rumours are also floating round that Microsoft will bring back widgets for the new version of its OS.

The tech giant is set to end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro editions on 14 October 2025, according to a lifecycle document on its website.

This does not mean the operating system will stop working. But Microsoft won’t issue new quality or security updates.

The firm is expected to announce details of its next generation operating system in the coming weeks, according to tech publication betanews.

It’s not yet clear when the new system will be available, or how long users will have to transition from Windows 10.

But some tech publications think it will launch as a free and optional upgrade this autumn.

A Windows 7 logo appears on a Hewlett-Packard laptop on display at a Staples store in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. Microsoft Corp. will begin selling the Windows 7 operating system today, an effort to reverse three quarters of declining Windows sales and fend off Apple Inc.'s gains in personal computers. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Microsoft finally ended support for Windows 7 last year (Credits: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

When it was introduced as a free upgrade to Windows 8 in 2015, Windows 10 was expected to be Microsoft’s last new version of the operating system.

Instead of releasing new versions every few years, the company intended to update it on a more incremental basis.

The company previously released new systems every three to four years.

Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 last year, 11 years after its release. Support for its successor, Windows 8, lasted until just 2016.

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