Windows 11 includes various interface improvements, including a new Start menu that looks more like an application launcher, more rounded corners, snap controls that let you pin a window to a place on the screen (and snap groups), a new widget area, and a bar icon tasks and the new Windows configuration environment.
Windows 11 review: A new era has arrived
The announcement of Windows 11 was full of controversy. Strict hardware compatibility requirements have dominated the discussion about the latest version of Windows, and for good reason. But what’s it like to actually use Windows 11 as your daily driver? What are the big differences when looking at Windows 11 and Windows 10? What is it like to leave the familiar Windows 10 behind you and adopt the drastically different look of Windows 11?
Now that Windows 11 devices are sold and the final version is available, it’s time to take a serious look at where Windows 11 is currently located. With both a fresh look and a few significant improvements, I can’t help but love how the operating system fits my workflow and lifestyle. Windows 11 seems to be the beginning of a new era that most people will likely appreciate over the years.
Welcome design changes
The biggest change in Windows 11 comes down to the look and feel. The flat, square edges are gone, and replaced with more rounded corners and beautiful glass-like effects that Microsoft says are designed to feel “calm and easy.” Whether it’s true or not, the new touches and smoother edges seem like a change that Windows needs.
The place where you’ll see the most is the Start Menu. By selecting the transition from Windows 10, the Start menu is centered, rounded and centered on the screen by default. And yes, it no longer includes Windows 8-era Live Tiles that usually preview app notifications at a glance. These are gone for good.
Thanks to this move, Microsoft is moving away from Windows of the past – and I am delighted. In Windows 11, Microsoft takes a simpler approach to the Start menu that feels fresh, just as it did when it came up with the concept in Windows 95.
All the pinned apps you need are right at the beginning, along with the latest files and a search box. You’ll even see the files that matter most to you, no matter what device you have Windows on, as the file list is handled by Microsoft’s cloud. Back in the days when we’re familiar with tapping app icons on mobile phones, it feels like a natural fit for Windows.
Microsoft takes a simpler approach to the Start menu that feels fresh.
This project also moves to the taskbar. Its icons are now centered and now fit both macOS and Chrome OS. The change feels natural as my eyes are drawn to the center of the screen when searching for an app. Microsoft says this change should bring you closer to the things on your computer that you love.
Even the animations have changed in Windows 11. When you log into Windows 11, the icons on the taskbar float up from the bottom. Opening and minimizing the app causes the icon to bounce. Moving around the open window, a pane of glass appears. Even a tap to bring up the right-click menu will bring you an easy-to-read contextual menu that flows through your wallpaper. Coupled with the right hardware, everything runs smoother than ever before.
And for those who like to turn off their lights – Dark Mode is much more consistent. It dims the lights in all the right places, especially in File Explorer. After five years of Windows 10, Windows 11 seems so clean. It’s something I haven’t seen on Windows since Windows 7.
There are also new, more colorful icons throughout the operating system. You’ll find them in the more modern File Explorer, Device Manager, and almost everywhere. These are available in Windows 10’s previews, and are quite a big visual change on their own.
Here are 11 highlights of this release
- The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, giving a sense of calm and freedom.
- With Start, we’ve placed you and your content at the center. Start uses the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show your latest files no matter what device you’ve browsed on.
- Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops provide an even more effective way to multitask and optimize your screen space.
- Chat with Microsoft Teams, integrated into the taskbar, gives you a faster way to connect with the people you care about.
- Widgets, a new personalized AI-powered feed, gives you faster access to important information, and with Microsoft Edge’s world-class performance, speed and productivity features, you can do more online and unlock the full potential of your system hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate. DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)
- Windows 11 is optimized for speed, performance and a better experience with touch, digital pen and voice input, delivering new environments that work the way you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar to deploy and manage by departments IT. Businesses can also test Windows 11 preview in Azure Virtual Desktop or generally available today using Windows 11 on the new Windows 365.
rebuilt with a brand new look that makes it easy to find and discover your favorite apps, games, shows and movies in one trusted place. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our partnership with Amazon and Intel; This will start with a preview for Windows Insiders in the coming months thanks to new accessibility improvements that have been made for and by people with disabilities and the developer. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their applications to the Store,streamlining native and web application development with new development tools, and making it easier to refresh the look and feel of all our application designs and experiences.
Thank you to the Windows Insider Community
The Windows Insider community has been an invaluable community that has helped us get to where we are today. Since the release of the first Insider Preview in June, engagement and feedback has been unprecedented. The team was also pleased to share further behind-the-scenes stories about the development of Windows 11 in the new series we launched in June, Inside Windows 11. We sincerely appreciate the energy and enthusiasm of this community.
The free upgrade to Windows 11 will start on October 5 and will be staged and measured with an emphasis on quality. As we follow the great lessons of Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re giving you the best experience possible. This means that new eligible devices will be offered for the upgrade first. The upgrade will then be deployed to devices on the market based on intelligence models that take into account hardware entitlements, reliability ratings, device age, and other factors influencing the upgrade. We expect all eligible devices to be offered a free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that is eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know
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