Microsoft teases new Windows 11 startup sound with 11-minute video


Microsoft teases Windows 11 again. In a new video on YouTube, the software giant has an 11-minute (ahem) collection of startup sounds from different versions of Windows. They’ve all slowed down by 4,000 percent, and Microsoft is positioning this as a relaxing video for those far too excited about the June 24 Windows event.

“Having trouble relaxing because you’re too excited for the June 24 Microsoft event?” asks the YouTube caption. “Take a slow trip through memory with Windows 95, XP, and 7 startup tones slowed to a meditative speed of 4,000 percent.”

I think this is a plague for a new startup sound for Windows 11, or whatever the next version of Windows will be called. Microsoft recently teased “a new version of Windows” and dropped some hints that it could in fact be called Windows 11.

One of those hints is the event starting at 11 a.m. ET and the invite to the event with a window that creates a shadow with an outline very similar to the number 11. Microsoft executives have been teasing a “next-generation Windows” for months. announcement, and it’s clear from this latest video that these 11 teasers will continue over the next few weeks.

We expect Microsoft to announce a new version of Windows with significant changes to the user interface. Microsoft has been working on something codenamed “Sun Valley,” which the company has called a “stunning visual rejuvenation of Windows.” There will be many other changes, including some significant Windows Store changes, so read our previous coverage for what to expect.

We’ll find out on June 24 if Microsoft is ready to pick the version number of Windows up to 11, just call it Windows Sun Valley, or something completely different. The Windows Elf (as we call it now) kicks off June 24 at 11 a.m. ET, and The edge will bring all the news live as it happens.