Microsoft Announces Windows 11

Windows 11 focuses on simplification of the Windows user interface, a new Windows store, and improvements to performance and multitasking. The new version will also include support for running Android apps for the first time.

Recently, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system. The announcement comes almost six years after the tech giant had introduced Windows 10, which is the globe's most widely used PC operating system, with more than 1.3 billion devices using it.

Windows 11 focuses on simplification of the Windows user interface, a new Windows store, and improvements to performance and multitasking. The new version will also include support for running Android apps for the first time.

The tech giant plans to release Windows 11 to the general public by the holidays, so you can probably expect it sometime around late November. Till then you will likely see a slew of public betas, starting next week, which will be a free update. 

Microsoft said that Windows 11 is redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease. The first thing you’ll notice is that Windows 11 includes a new Start menu and updated Start button that are both centered on the taskbar. The user interface reminds us of Windows 10x, a project primarily planned for dual-screen devices that Microsoft eventually canceled. Considerable UI work that went into project Windows 10X is appearing in Windows 11.

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The Start menu in Windows 11 drops the Live Tiles that originally came with Windows 8 and opts for more of the typical launcher you’d find in Chrome OS or Android. Windows 11 replaces live tiles with a grid of icons that can be rearranged and pinned to the new Start. There are rounded corners, along with widgets that include features like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard. Ample of the centered appearance is clearly influenced by macOS and Chrome OS.

Start leverages cloud and Microsoft 365 to show users their recent files no matter what platform or device they were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.

According to the announcement the team has also worked to make it a lot faster than last version. Windows Updates are supposed to be 40 percent faster, as well as starting up your machine and even browsing should feel much faster.

New features Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provides an even more powerful way to multitask. Microsoft said that these are new features have been designed to help consumers organize their windows and optimize their screen real estate so they can see what they need just the way they want in a layout that’s visually clean. Users can also create separate Desktops for each part of their life and customize them to their liking.

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Windows 11 also brings Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated in the taskbar.  You can instantly  connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of your personal contacts, anywhere, irrespective of the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android or iOS. If on the other end Teams app is not downloaded, you can still connect with them via two-way SMS.

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For gamers Microsoft argues that Windows 11 will “deliver the best PC gaming experience yet,", it unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware, putting newest gaming technology to work for you. For example: DirectX 12 Ultimate, which enables breathtaking, immersive graphics at high frame rates; DirectStorage enables faster load times and more detailed game worlds; and Auto HDR which provides a wider, more vivid range of colors for a truly captivating visual experience. Not only this, Xbox Game Pass is also being integrated into Windows 11.

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Windows Widgets and touch gestures are also a key update of Windows 11. Widgets is a new personalized feed powered by AI and Microsoft Edge. Instead of picking up your phones to check the news, weather or notifications; you can now open a similarly curated view directly from your desktop. When you open your personalized feed it slides across your screen like a sheet of glass so it doesn’t disrupt what you’re doing. 

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Windows 11 is also bringing an all-new Microsoft Store, which has been rebuilt for speed and with an all-new design that is beautiful and simple to use. Not only it will we bring you more apps than ever before, it will also make all content i.e apps, games, shows, movies easier to search for and discover with curated stories and collections. Soon it will also integrate first and third-party apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom and Canva.

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Another highlight is that in Windows 11 you will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them via the Amazon Appstore. Microsoft is looking forward to this partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.

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For the developers, the tech giant said that it is taking steps to further open the Microsoft Store to unlock greater economic opportunity for creators and developers. The company is enabling developers and independent software vendors to bring their apps regardless of whether they’re built as a Win32, PWA, UWP or any other app framework. App developers can now bring their own commerce into the Store and keep 100% of the revenue, or they can still use company's commerce with competitive revenue share of 85/15.

To learn more you can visit the official announcement here.