Microsoft unveils Windows 11

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Windows 11 is now official. Microsoft’s new Windows 11 operating system has come six years after the release of Windows 10. The new version, being called the “next generation” of Windows, comes with a massive redesign over its predecessor Windows 10, starting from an all-new boot screen and startup sound to a centrally-placed Start menu and upgraded widgets. Windows 11 also removes elements including the annoying “Hi Cortana” welcome screen and Live Tiles.

One of the most anticipated changes, which Windows 11 brings to the users is the new interface. It starts with a fresh setup screen and continues to give a fresh look and feel across all screens and design elements. There are soft edges on menus and windows that look similar to the macOS. You’ll also see the Start menu at the centre that is aimed at providing a modern user experience.

The changes in the Start menu also brings all the default icons such as Edge and File Explorer to the centre. This new positioning makes Windows 11 more familiar to people who use macOS or Chrome OS. You can, however, change the position and bring the Start button to the left by going in its settings if you prefer to go back the old. There is also a dedicated search button next to the Start menu to let users search across apps and preloaded functions on the latest Windows platform.


Windows 11 also comes with new sounds and alerts, including the fresh startup sound. There are subtle changes in terms of gestures as well. Additionally, you’ll get new themes, some new wallpapers, and nice and impressive dark mode. Windows 11 also includes an updated widgets experience. Widgets can bring on front by swiping from the left of the screen or can be placed full screen. You’re provided with the options to rearrange, delete, add widgets or resize them, as per your preference.

For an enhanced multitasking experience, the maximize button now lets you split the active screens between multiple areas of the desktop. Microsoft calls this new experience Snap Layouts. These layouts let you simultaneously open multiple different screens on your computer just by hovering your mouse over the maximize button. Once accessed, Windows 11 also remembers your selected Snap Layout for multiple windows and keep them ready along with the apps you were working on there for future access directly from the taskbar. Microsoft is improving support for multiple monitors and making it easier for users to work on virtual desktops.

There are many more features, which you should experience once its start rolling. Windows 11 will initially be available for testing purposes to Windows Insider members starting next week. It will also be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users later this year and come pre-installed on new PCs.

In 2022, customers will also have the option to purchase Windows 11 at retail and install it on compatible Windows 7 devices. Microsoft has not brought any changes to its Windows SKU offerings — meaning that users would be able to pick Windows 11 Home or Windows 11 Pro versions. This is similar to how Windows 10 was available commercially to customers.