Microsoft just unveiled its next major operating system, Windows 11, during an event streamed from its Redmond headquarters. The latest version of the desktop operating system has been completely redesigned. Seriously, it looks like this restart from top to bottom didn’t leave a stone unturned. According to Microsoft, it’s not just a shiny new coat of paint. Performance will also be faster on your existing PC or laptop when you upgrade to Windows 11, Microsoft has promised.
In addition, future updates will be smaller and can therefore be downloaded and installed more quickly. A number of tweaks used in the Xbox software will make their way into Windows 11 as well, which should make gaming even better on the next-gen operating system.
Windows 10, which was available as a free upgrade at launch, was a great success for Microsoft as more than 1.3 billion devices worldwide are now running on the operating system. Back then, Microsoft said that Windows 10 would be the “last version” of Windows. New functions and design optimizations would be provided with regular updates over the course of time, since Microsoft had switched to “Windows as a Service”.
So it’s pretty amazing that Microsoft is pushing the introduction of an entirely new version of Windows in the first place.
That said, Windows 11 is definitely there as it certainly can’t be confused with its predecessor. Windows 11 represents a rather radical redesign for the most popular desktop operating system in the world. During the event, Head of Design Panos Panay described it as “the beginning of the next Windows generation”.
Gone are the sharp corners of Windows 10 that have been replaced with softer, rounded windows. The colors are also a bit cooler across the board, although the strong blue that characterized Windows 10 has been abandoned. The software has also become more transparent, so you can still see application windows behind menus – almost like looking through translucent glass. Microsoft has redesigned every application icon throughout the operating system – yes, even the obscure ones hidden in Control Panel (something the design team never achieved when creating Windows 10). The Microsoft Store has also been revised.
But Windows 11 is Not just a facelift for Windows 10, confirmed Microsoft design chief Panos Panay during the event.
When running the operating system, daily performance should be performance much More quickly. This includes your existing PC when you update to the new update, as well as your next device, which comes with Windows 11 pre-installed. Likewise, Windows Hello – which uses facial recognition to sign in to an account – is also faster than the same computer that is running Windows 10.
Windows updates have been slimmed down by up to 40 percent, which means downloads should be much faster. In addition, devices with mobile 4G and 5G internet connections can keep their gadget up to date while on the move. Updates are also installed quietly in the background.
Microsoft offers a number of layouts for presenting multiple window applications on the screen at the same time. While Windows 10 lets you snap two applications side by side, Windows 11 goes one step further. Microsoft offers a number of options based on the size of your screen, so those with more properties have more choices. But everyone will be able to juggle three or four different sized windows.
Called snap layouts, these configurations are stored in memory. So you can jump into Outlook to reply to an email and then go back to three or four applications configured in the same grid layout. When you’ve got everything set up on an external monitor, unplug your laptop and then plug it back in to the same screen, everything will return to its place. This is useful for those who work between the office and home.
Keeping track of your applications will be crucial as Microsoft has confirmed that Android apps will be available on all Windows 11 devices. Whether you’re using a touchscreen laptop, a tablet, or a large, multi-screen desktop PC … you can run smartphone and tablet apps from the Google Play Store. These apps are treated the same as native Windows software, so features like snap layouts work too. You can even save Android apps to the system tray.