Windows 11 is now official. Microsoft’s new Windows operating system debuted nearly six years after the release of Windows 10 in July 2015. The update, called the “next generation” of Windows, comes with a massive redesign of its predecessor, starting with a completely new screen for startup and startup sound of the centrally located “Start” menu and upgraded widgets. Windows 11 also removes items, including the annoying Hi Cortana greeting screen and Live Tiles. The company, based in Redmond, Washington, is essentially trying to compete with MacOS and Chrome OS with its latest operating system.
Features of Windows 11
One of the most remarkable changes we have already seen in the recently expired ISO, that Windows 11 brings to users currently running Windows 10, is the new interface. It starts with a new setup screen and continues to give a fresh look and feel to all the basic elements of Windows. There are rounded corners in menus and windows that look similar to recent version of iPadOS. You will also see the Start menu in the center, which aims to provide a modern experience.
This is the first time, perhaps since the launch of Windows NT 4.0, back in 1996, when we do not see the Start menu on the left – now centrally located. Going from the Start menu also brings up all the default icons like Edge and File Explorer in the center. This new positioning makes Windows 11 more familiar to people who use it macOS or Chrome OS. However, you can change the position and move the Start button to the left by going to its settings.
The updated Start menu also doesn’t include live tiles that were part of the menu in Windows 10. But to customize the experience, you’ll see some recommended apps at the bottom. There’s also a special search button next to the Start menu that allows users to search applications and preloaded features on the latest Windows platform.
Windows 11 also comes with new sounds and alerts, including fresh startup sound. There are also subtle changes in gestures. You will also get new themes, some new wallpapers and an improved dark mode. Windows 11 also includes updated widgets. Gadgets can be placed on the front by swiping to the left of the screen, or they can be placed in full screen. You have the options to rearrange gadgets or resize them – according to your preferences. You can also add or remove your widgets, which can help you get the latest news or weather updates.
For an enhanced multitasking experience, the zoom button now allows you to split active screens between multiple areas of the desktop. Microsoft calls this new experience Snap Layouts. These layouts allow you to open many different screens on your computer at the same time, just by holding the mouse over the zoom button. Once available, Windows 11 also remembers your chosen Snap Layout for multiple windows and keeps them ready, along with the applications you worked on there, for future access directly from the taskbar. Groups created by Snap Layouts that can be used for future access are called Snap Groups.
Furthermore, Microsoft improves the support of multiple monitors and facilitates the work of users of virtual desktops. The latter looks a lot like how you can add multiple desktops to Apple’s macOS. However, you can also use custom wallpapers for each of your virtual desktops in Windows 11 for even easy access.
Windows 11 also comes with an improved touch keyboard that includes integration of GIFs from Tenor. There are also preloaded virtual keyboards that can be placed anywhere on the screen. Users can additionally use voice dictation support throughout the system. There are also options such as voice writing and voice commands to make writing easier. In addition, there are several tweaks at the interface level to allow for an improved touch experience.
Microsoft has faced challenges in convincing manufacturers, as well as consumers, to use Windows 10 on tablets for a full touch screen experience. These challenges are overcome by introducing new touch targets and a number of accompanying improvements that are part of Windows 11. Resizing the touch screen has also been refined. The new operating system also includes support for writing gestures, which has happened quite common on mobile devices. Haptic feedback is added additionally when using a pen.
New multitasking and touch enhancements are something Microsoft initially tried to provide through Windows 10X. However, because this operating system focused on dual-screen devices, it was never officially launched for the public, the company is now trying to put all of this – and more – into Windows 11.
Windows 11 also improves hands-on performance for people who use multiple monitors. This is something that has become a new norm for many consumers these days – thanks to work / learning from home culture on a large scale. Microsoft is also integrating its collaboration platform Teams within Windows 11 and added a universal mute and enable feature to help people make virtual calls with ease. Similarly, there is a desktop sharing feature that allows users to share their windows with people connected through a virtual meeting. You can skip it Skypealthough.
Microsoft has also improved the performance of Chromium-based browsers. In addition, there are specific improvements for Microsoft Edge, including improved support for access to multiple partitions and for machines with limited resources. The Edge browser on Windows 11 also comes with support for vertical tabs.
Along with performance-focused improvements, Windows 11 has several significant changes for PC gamers. These include support for Auto HDR and DirectX 12 Ultimate. Windows 11 also includes xCloud integration to enable cloud gaming. Besides, there is Xbox Game Pass access for gamers who play a list of popular games on their machines.
Microsoft also has improved its pre-installed app store – Microsoft Store – Windows 11 with new search capabilities and improved design to give app manufacturers better range. The company has further introduced a new economic approach called zero-revenue share, which will allow developers to provide their applications through the Microsoft Store without taking a commission. This specific change will take effect on July 28 and will allow developers to use a third party’s own trading platform in their applications and keep 100 percent of their revenue. This is something strange compared to the app stores offered by Apple and Google.
In addition to better reach and the introduction of a new economy for developers, the Microsoft Store has a redesigned Entertainment section to serve you with the latest media content – from movies and TV shows – to all major streaming services. You can also wirelessly stream the content you have on your Windows 11 device to your smart TV.
Microsoft Store has also integrated Amazon Appstore to allow Windows 11 users to receive Android applications directly to your computers. In addition, Windows developers are given the ability to access their applications through the Microsoft Store, whether they are Win32, .NET, UWP, Xamarin, Electron, React Native, Java or Progressive Web Apps. Microsoft has also announced that Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney +, TikTok, Zoom and some of its applications such as Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio and even Notepad and Paint will come to the Microsoft store under Windows.
Windows 11 also includes various behind-the-scenes updates to provide an overall faster experience. Microsoft claims that the new operating system will receive 40 percent smaller Windows updates and they will run in the background to provide a seamless user experience ahead. The new version is also advertised to provide better battery life for mobile devices.
Availability of Windows 11, free upgrade
Windows 11 will initially be available for testing by Windows Insider members next week. It will also be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users later this year and are pre-installed on new computers. Microsoft also released Computer status check application to see if your Windows 10 computer can be upgraded. It was assumed that the company would import the new operating system Machines with Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, Microsoft confirmed to Gadgets 360 that users with a Windows 7 computer that meets the minimum specifications can be upgraded to Windows 11 after purchasing a Windows 10 license.
In 2022, customers will also be able to purchase Windows 11 at retail and install it on compatible Windows 7 devices. Microsoft has not made changes to its Windows SKU offerings – meaning users will be able to choose versions of Windows 11 Home or Windows 11 Pro. This is similar to the way Windows 10 has been commercially available to customers.
Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11
Microsoft said it has worked with all major silicon partners, including AMD,, Intel, and Qualcomm. However, Windows 11 will not be as light as Windows 10 in terms of it minimum hardware requirements as it will require at least a 64-bit x86 or ARM processor, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Windows 10, in contrast, mandatory at least 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory.