Microsoft has officially confirmed the name of the next version of its operating system today, which is Windows 11. After months of suspense, hints, and leaks regarding the number 11, the new operating system from Microsoft is official.
The major focus of Windows 11 is on a simplified Windows user interface, the new Microsoft Store, performance and multitasking improvements.
Windows 11 includes a new Start menu and an updated Start button, both centered on the taskbar.
Operating system features:
This user interface is very similar to what we first saw in Windows 10X, a project originally planned for dual-screen devices that Microsoft scrapped.
Much of the user interface work that went into Windows 10X appears in Windows 11.
The new Start menu abandons the Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8 and moves toward the typical launcher you’d find on Chrome OS or Android.
There are modern apps and documents and a separate search interface. Much of the central appearance is clearly influenced by macOS and Chrome OS.
Windows 11 also includes the rounded corners we’ve seen in both Android and iOS.
“The team has thought through every detail,” says Panos Panay, President of Windows. Windows 11 also includes updated dark and light modes, which look much better than what we’ve seen in current Windows.
There’s also something Microsoft calls Quick Layouts, which let you quickly view apps in the different modes Windows 11 supports.
This new version of the operating system also remembers where your apps are stored, thanks to so-called Snap Group layouts.
It seems to be a useful way to support multiple screens, and to make sure that apps always open on the correct screen.
This is especially useful if you are using a laptop computer with a monitor, or a traditional computer with multiple monitors.
Performance in Windows 11:
Performance is also a big focus for the operating system. Windows updates are 40 percent smaller and more efficient because they now happen in the background.
Microsoft is also integrating Microsoft Teams directly into Windows 11 for both consumer and business users.
Microsoft Teams is integrated directly into the taskbar, allowing users of the operating system to connect with friends, family, or co-workers.
This is clearly a major shift away from Skype, which was bundled as part of Windows 10.
Windows widgets and touch gestures are also a big part of Windows 11.
Widgets are a custom feed, powered by artificial intelligence, and based on widgets Microsoft introduced in Windows 10.
Widgets slide from the left side of the operating system and you can also make them in full screen mode. Built-in tools include news feed, weather, and maps.
Interestingly, these tools also include a tool that allows you to tip local content creators directly from within Windows 11.
The company is also working on improving the gestures you can use across tablets. Rather than switching to tablet mode, Windows 11 adapts to allow you to easily touch the operating system.
In addition, improvements are made to inking and voice typing. Windows 11 also supports haptic feedback with certain styluses.
As a result, we may see a lot of new devices that support stylus-related changes in Windows 11.
Microsoft Promotes Xbox
The Xbox is a big part of Microsoft, and the company offered a look at PC gaming with the operating system.
Auto HDR, a feature on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, becomes part of Windows 11.
Enabling Auto HDR adds HDR to a large number of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games, as long as you have a compatible HDR display.
Microsoft is also promising speed and performance improvements to Windows 11.
In addition, DirectStorage becomes part of the operating system, a new feature of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
DirectStorage requires the latest NVMe disks to speed up game load times across Windows 11 and game developers need to enable this technology to increase load times even further.
Xbox Game Pass is also being integrated into the operating system, thanks to a new Xbox app that the company has been testing for months.
This also includes xCloud built into this Xbox app, so you can stream games from the Microsoft cloud as well.
The new Store is one of the biggest parts of Windows 11. It’s been redesigned and supports a whole bunch of apps that weren’t normally available in the Windows App Store.
Additionally, this includes apps from Adobe Creative Suite and Android apps, including TikTok and Instagram.
Microsoft said it is using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11.
The company showcased Tik Tok and other Android apps that work alongside Windows apps. Microsoft plans to share more information about this in the coming months.
The applications are available directly from the new Windows Store and are supported by Intel Bridge technology. Android applications can be pinned to the system via the taskbar or placed next to the traditional Windows applications.
Developers can use their own commerce triggers, and Microsoft won’t cut it out.
Developers can also use their own payment systems if they want to, said Satya Nadella: Windows has always championed sovereignty for content creators.
Get Windows 11:
The company is committed to making the new operating system a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. Much like how Windows 10 used to be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
You need a computer that meets the minimum requirements, which is now a 64-bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
In addition, Windows 11 is provided through Windows Update in the same way that Windows 10 updates were previously provided.
There is no release date for the operating system yet. But Microsoft promised to provide it as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.
Windows 11 is expected sometime in October, along with new devices running the operating system.