After being revealed during Microsoft’s big event on June 24, Windows 11 is finally, undeniably official.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, made it clear to everyone in attendance that this was the first edition of a new era for Windows.
While an early copy of Windows 11 had leaked, revealing a revamped appearance and a new name, we were finally given an official look at the new user interface and functionality.
While Microsoft had previously stated that Windows 10 would be the sole version of its operating system for years to come, it has already been in use for six years, and this latest update adds major new features to help justify the upgrade.
There’s much in Windows 11 that makes it a significant upgrade over Windows 10, including a redesigned appearance, widgets, and a new focus on gaming, among other things.
Continue reading to learn all we’ve discovered, as well as the Windows 11 release date.
Windows 11 release date
Microsoft has stated that Windows 11 will be available “this holiday season,” implying that it would be released somewhere between late November and Christmas.
The new operating system will also receive an annual upgrade, similar to Apple’s efforts with macOS.
In the meanwhile, you may use a program to test if Windows 11 will operate on your desktop PC or laptop.
How much is Windows 11?
Existing Windows users will be able to download, install, and activate Windows 11 for free; but, you’ll need to be online to download, install, and activate Home editions, and you’ll need a Microsoft account to install or upgrade your PC or tablet.
So far, Microsoft has disclosed the hardware requirements for Windows 11, but there is some uncertainty over TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and if the firm is pushing too hard for machines to be upgraded to the next version
Windows 11 features.
Windows 11 boasts a number of enhancements, including Microsoft’s promise that updates will be 40% smaller and that it will be “the most secure release yet.”
The taskbar has been renamed the dock and is now designed for touch as well as mouse peripherals.
Snap Layouts, a feature that allows you to arrange several windows across the screen not just side by side, but in columns, sections, and more, adds new multitasking options.
Snap Groups is another feature that allows you to return to previously snapped windows from the dock, so you can go to your email app, Edge browser windows, or anything else without having to snap them back to the previous view.
Multi-monitor support has also been enhanced, so when you connect an external monitor, Windows 11 remembers the previous locations of the windows on that display.
Teams is also linked to the dock, allowing you to quickly participate in meetings and family calls. This appears to be the first sign of Skype’s demise on Windows, especially because Skype noises were heard in the demo when a call was received.
The Microsoft Store is getting a makeover, with better-curated content and more ways to manage your purchased shows, such as mirroring them to your TV. Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Pinterest, and more apps are now available in this new shop for Windows 11, and they’re ready to use.
The Microsoft Store now has WPA, EWP, and Win32 applications that are ready to use. If a developer has a commerce engine, they will be able to keep 100% of the income generated via the Microsoft Store.
Android apps are also available for Windows 11 and can be downloaded through the Microsoft Store or the Amazon App Store, allowing you to utilize TikTok and other Android apps on your PC or tablet.
Other programs, like as Apple’s iMessage, might be added to Windows 11 as a result of the new store, which could come after iTunes and Safari.
A new look for 11
One of the most noticeable changes is that the Start menu has been relocated to the middle of the screen, and it is now “cloud driven,” meaning it changes dynamically based on the time of day and the material you’re working with.
With softened corners and a uniform appearance across the operating system, Light Mode and Dark Mode are now official.
There are also other windows that seem like they came from Windows Vista and display information in bite-sized chunks.
Windows Widgets are returning in Windows 11, accessible via the dock, with Microsoft claiming AI-powered dynamic capabilities that allow widgets to alter based on the programs you’re using and the time of day, similar to how the Start menu does. Widgets appear when you move from the left on the desktop on the touchscreen.
There are several options, including weather, Bing maps, news, and more.
Third-parties will be allowed to use them as well, so there may be as many widgets to choose from as there are on Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems.
Gaming on Windows 11
The slow and frustrating-to-use Windows 10 Xbox software will be replaced with a new Game Pass program that allows you to buy, manage, and delete titles, making it easier for you to access and download games ranging from Doom Eternal to – shortly – Halo Infinite.
On compatible PCs, HDR will be enabled as well, providing better lighting and contrast for gaming and viewing movies. Direct Storage is also available, allowing you to download and install the major game assets, allowing you to enjoy your games even faster than before.
Since Windows 8, tablet mode has been one of the operating system’s weaker points, and the new tablet features that Microsoft demonstrated for Windows 11 could be crucial to the operating system’s success, especially with future Surface products on the way from Microsoft – having a new, numbered operating system for its upcoming tablets could be a big selling point for new users.
Microsoft claimed larger touch targets and simpler methods to move windows about, as well as improved rotation optimizations, such as how windows are reorganized, so you don’t lose track of the apps you’re using.
Gestures that were previously only available on the Surface trackpad are now available on the touchscreen, giving some familiarity. When you use a stylus to draw or sketch, you’ll get greater input with haptics in Windows 11.
The touch keyboard has been updated as well, with a smaller keyboard for your thumb and ready-to-use emojis. Microsoft claims that dictation will be enhanced, along with voice commands, ‘remove that’ choices, and other features.