Microsoft has today officially unveiled its latest operating system, Windows 11, in a virtual Microsoft launch event.
Announced by Panos Panay, Windows 11 sports a new user redesign, a new Windows Store interface, and improvements in performance and multitasking.
Microsoft says you will soon be able to get Windows 11 on your PCs/laptops/tabs. You will, however, have to check if your device supports the new update.
Before you get the new update, here are 11 new things about Windows 11 you should know:
- Windows 11 will have a new Start menu and an updated Start button that will be positioned in the middle of your taskbar.
- Microsoft’s Live Tiles will let you jump right back to apps you were working on easily. This works like the launcher on Chrome OS/Android.
- Windows 11 has rounded corners.
- As expected, there are Light and Dark modes on Windows 11
- There is a new feature in Windows 11 called Snap Layouts that will allow you to snap apps into the various modes that this new OS supports. There is also a Snap Group layout that helps you remember where your apps are stored.
- Updates on Windows 11 will now be 40pc smaller and more efficient than in windows 10.
- Updating to Windows 11 from Windows 10 will also be free for all users.
- Microsoft Teams will be integrated directly into Windows 11 for commercial users and regular consumers and will be accessible from the taskbar.
- Windows 11 brings in the Windows Widgets and touch gestures that give you personalized, AI-powered feeds. Windows Widgets also has a news feed, weather, and maps on it. There’s an option to tip local creators within Windows 11.
- Auto HDR is coming to your devices with Windows 11. The Xbox Game Pass is also getting integrated into Windows 11 through the Xbox app. This includes xCloud integration as well so you can stream games from the Microsoft cloud
- Androids apps are coming to Windows! Microsoft says it’s using Amazon’s app store to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Apps will be available directly from the new Windows Store and powered by Intel Bridge technology. Developers can also use their own commerce engines on the store and Microsoft will not be taking a cut.
Microsoft did not announce a release date for Windows 11 but sources say it should come sometime around October along with new hardware running the new OS.