On Thursday, Microsoft is set to announce the next big version of Windows, and with it new features designed for life in the modern age. And that’s after the coronavirus irreversibly changed the way we live and work. And it may soon change our devices, too.
Windows 11 has the usual upgrades you’d expect after six years. Early leaks suggest it will have a new look, offering more subtle pastel-like color schemes, rounded corners and good beeps.
It contains widgets to tell you the weather or track a shipped package. In addition to the usual Start menu, with app icons arranged in the middle, it looks like it was inspired by a smartphone, tablet, or Mac.
But the biggest changes will be invisible. Microsoft is expected to renovate Windows computers for a new world, where people don’t just work in the office, and when they’re at home, they may work across personal devices.
When the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, teased the new Windows last month, he touched on the nature of the upgrade.
“When the storefronts closed, it helped us reimagine where humanity could go and what we could do, transcending time and even space, and that’s just the beginning,” he said.
It may seem cliched to think that an operating system can change our lives. But thanks to the vaccines people are getting around the world, they are looking to the future.
Employers are also finding that their workforce does not want to return to office life, and instead wants to work from flexible accommodations.
Windows 11 for a post-pandemic world:
Microsoft has spent the past few years building technologies, such as Timeline. Which allows people to move to another computer and open all the documents and windows they were using more easily.
In the new world, Microsoft may find opportunities to target these types of features to people who have computers for work in the office and at home.
There is growing data to suggest this. Despite the lack of chips and other supplies across the technology industry. Analysts estimate that laptops and desktops may see their highest sales this year.
With this in mind, Microsoft’s choice to market Windows 11 as a major upgrade may help the industry respond to these trends. With new computer designs that highlight the new look and work-from-anywhere features of Windows 11.
Microsoft will not only renew Windows. The company was also expected to answer long-standing concerns about how its computers behave.
It is hoped that Microsoft will fix the Settings app, which competes with the Control Panel to change functionality across a Windows PC.
Other Windows users have long hoped that Microsoft would change the way updates are obtained and installed. Which has always been a troublesome process.
Updates and security patches should take no more than 20 minutes in 2021, and should be in line with the way Mac, iPad or even iPhone updates.
Microsoft is supposed to take the opportunity to address some of the long-known and yet unrecognized complaints.
Either way, the company believes that Windows 11 lives up to expectations, and soon after a copy of the Windows 11 update was leaked online, the company tweeted: This is just the beginning.