Windows 11: All new features in the next major Windows update
Microsoft has revealed Windows 10 for the first time, and there are major reasons to be excited about the future.
Microsoft spoke about “what’s next” for Windows on June 24th. We were able to see Windows 11 in action, the next major release of the operating systems. This new version places a strong emphasis on learning and hybrid work. We have gathered all the information we know as well as everything officially announced.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 will come as a free update to all Windows 10 users. It also noted that it would be available in late 2018 and early 2022. However, there wasn’t an official beta version available in time for the June 24, event, despite the leak of a build the week before. This webpage explains how Windows 11 can be downloaded early by Microsoft. Windows 11 will also power new PCs that are due later in the year.
If you wish to give Windows 11 a quick ride, opt your computer into the Windows Insider program. To ensure your PC is ready to run the new operating system, you will also need to use PC Health Check. After you are up to speed, you will be able to visit Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program to enroll your PC in-flight Insider Preview builds.
According to rumors, Windows 11’s most prominent new elements are a floating and centralized Start Menu and a centered Taskbar. These two elements give Windows a new look. They replace Live Tiles with a more user-friendly design. Instead of Live Tiles, you will find standard icons that link directly to your apps. You can also “pin” them for your convenience.
Below your icons, you’ll see a list with recommended documents, files powered by OneDrive, and the files that you most frequently access on your device. This is the most significant change to the Start Menu since Windows 10. These features are powered by Microsoft 365, Microsoft’s cloud and you can still view your local documents.
Windows 11’s Start Menu has new rounded corners and menus. The Action Center also features a redesigned design that focuses more on clean sliders and round buttons. Microsoft has also modified Windows 11’s windowing system so hovering over the maximize icon can show you new ways of splitting your apps for multitasking.
Snap Layouts is a feature that Windows 11 uses to remember what you’re doing and save it to your taskbar so you can access it quickly. Microsoft also changed the way Windows docks with monitors. Windows 11 will now remember your app and project layouts and continue to run as before you return to it on the big screen.
Windows 11’s animations have been made more natural and smoother. This can be seen best when you click on Start Menu or minimize and close other windows. Animations appear fluid and look similar to mobile operating systems.
Windows 11 has a new section called “widgets”, just like old-school Windows Vista. The widgets work in the same way as Windows 10’s News and Interests feature. You can click the widget’s icon on the taskbar to see information such as the weather, top news stories, and stocks.
Microsoft claims widgets are powered by artificial intelligence that serves you curated content. You can select the topics that interest you, give tips to local content creators, and rearrange widgets as you wish.
The new Microsoft Store is another big feature of Windows 11. The Microsoft Store received a major boost. You can now run Android apps through the Amazon App Store in Windows 11. You can drag and drop apps to your taskbar and Start Menu. Microsoft demonstrated TikTok in Windows 11 but it is not yet clear when this feature will be available on PCs. Through Intel’s bridge technology, Intel collaborated with Microsoft to achieve this.
Microsoft mentioned that there were some Windows updates, in addition to Android apps. The store will have Win32, UWP, and PWA apps, as well as apps such as Google Chrome. Microsoft also mentioned Adobe Creative Cloud Suites and Disney+.
Microsoft even tried to take a shot at Apple. Microsoft can allow apps to be hosted on its Microsoft Store. Developers can earn all of the revenue, and Microsoft will not take any.
Chat with us Skype is on the verge of disappearing, and Microsoft has gone all-in on Teams in Windows 11. A new Chat app is available in the operating system. You can tap the icon to jump into video and chat with Teams. You will be able to see all of your conversations and contacts by clicking on them.
You can start a new chat or video, and you can also launch the app to get the full experience. You can also connect to people from other platforms through this chat app. Microsoft states that if you don’t have Teams, you can use two-way SMS to connect with the person you are chatting with.
Although Microsoft did not share details, Windows 11 has performance improvements. Windows updates are now 40% smaller and run in the background, according to Microsoft. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s CEO, also stated that Windows 11 was “the most secure Windows” yet.
Windows Hello is faster and Windows features like the wake from sleeping are responsible for this. According to Panay, Windows 11 systems use less energy and have longer battery life.
Windows 11 also has some changes in the touch experience. Microsoft has also replaced the Windows 10 tablet mode with gestures.
You will notice that icons and boxes are much easier to touch with your fingers. This is in addition to clearer window animations that show where things are going. You can now swipe with the touch keyboard using your fingers and use the spacebar as a trackpad. To minimize or close windows, swipe up and down with three to four fingers. Microsoft has added haptics to its tablet mode. As you write or edit, you will feel vibrations and hear additional sounds.
Microsoft finally announced gaming updates on Windows 11. These updates will improve “superior graphics and incredible speed” as well as offer a wide range of games.
Auto HDR is included in this package. It will make games look more real and update their color and appearance. It is completely automatic and requires no modifications from you or the developers. Direct Storage is also included. Direct Storage is a feature that’s identical to Xbox Series X or S. It allows games to load directly from your graphics card, without putting too much stress on the processor. This should result in faster load times.
Microsoft has expanded its game selection beyond the Microsoft Store. A future update to the Xbox Game App will bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to Windows 11 computers via streaming over the Internet to compete with services like Google Stadia or Apple Arcade.