After weeks of leaks and hype, Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system. Although the company once said that Windows 10 was the last version of Windows, the major point for a regular cadence of bi-annual upgrades since launch, it clearly believes that changes — and especially redesigned Gone User Interface – This update warrants a new version number.
Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the general public during the holidays, so we can probably expect it in late November. Before that, we’ll likely see several public betas.
If you’ve followed the development and eventual death of Windows 10X, as well as Microsoft’s operating system with simplified user interfaces for dual- and (eventually) single-screen laptops, what you see here sounds familiar. will feel Redesigned Start Menu. In fact, if someone showed you screenshots of Windows 11 and early previews of Windows 10X, you’d have a hard time telling them apart.
As Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay noted in today’s announcement, the overall idea behind the design is to make you feel an “incredible sense of calm,” but at the same time, the Windows team worked to make it super fast. is. Windows Update, for example, is supposed to be 40 percent faster, but Pana also notes that starting your machine and even browsing should feel much faster.
In addition to the new user interface, which makes translucent and copious use of shadows and new features for touch screen users, one of the main new UI features is what Microsoft calls Snap Layout, which pops up a small widget when you click. Hovering over the icon that maximizes your window allows you to move the window to any corner, something that previously involved dragging your window to the corner of your screen (which is often the case when you’re using multiple screens). was difficult to do).
Another great new feature is that Windows 11 will come with Teams built-in right from the start. It’s no secret that Microsoft is bullish when it comes to Teams. It recently launched the consumer version of Teams, so now it makes sense to bring it to Windows 11 as well. It’s worth noting that Microsoft never brought Skype to Windows, so it’s quite a change, but it basically makes Teams Microsoft’s Facetime.
If you’ve seen Windows 11 leaks, you know that web widgets are one of the more visible new features. “Windows Widgets is a new, personalized feed, powered by AI, that provides you with curated content,” Panay said. Of course, widgets are nothing new, and in many ways, they make up for the removal of live tiles in the Start menu. They will also give developers a new canvas to surface the information from their applications.
It wouldn’t be a new Windows without Microsoft talking about gaming. The company argues that Windows 11 will “deliver the best PC gaming experience yet”, but what else will they say?
Microsoft promises better graphics for Auto HDR, a feature that’s already available on Xbox. Microsoft says thousands of games will be automatically enhanced with Auto HDR on Windows 11. In addition, the company argues that thanks to a new storage API in Windows 11, games will be able to load game assets quickly without affecting the CPU. But doing so would require a compatible PC). Oh, and Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription will be built into Windows 11, too.