Microsoft Windows 11 Features New Look, Interface, and a Whole Lot More

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Microsoft officially announced its next operating system: Windows 11. The new OS includes some major changes, including an improved user interface, new Windows store, and support for running Android apps—just to name a few. Here’s a look at the some of the new OS’s top features.

Microsoft put a lot of work into reshaping the user interface, starting with a new Start menu, which is now centered on the taskbar. The centered appearance is fairly reminiscent of Chrome and Android operating systems, which many would consider an improvement over Windows’ previous aesthetic. The simplified launcher includes options for apps, recent documents, and a search tool.

The new UI also introduces Microsoft’s new “Snap Layouts” feature, which allows you to store and place apps into the various screen modes and layouts that Windows 11 supports. During the Windows 11 demo, we saw how this new feature would benefit and be particularly handy for users who have multiple displays.

In somewhat of a surprise move, Microsoft also announced it is integrating Microsoft Teams into Windows 11, including direct access from the taskbar. This is a noteworthy shift, since it seems to send a clear message that Microsoft is moving away from Skype—although to what extent is not clear.

Windows 11 will also include some new gaming features, including Auto HDR (à la the Xbox Series X / S). Similar to the Xbox Series X / S, Auto HDR adds high dynamic range (HDR) to compatible DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games—assuming you have a compatible monitor, of course.

Perhaps the biggest update Windows 11 introduces is the redesigned Microsoft Store, which now supports a treasure trove of apps never before available in the Store. Most notably, the Microsoft Store now supports Android apps on Windows, which means you will be able to run mobile versions of popular apps like TikTok, Instagram, and Adobe Creative Suite on your desktop.

Microsoft didn’t give us an exact release date for Windows 11 yet, but said the new OS should be available sometime during or close to the “holiday season,” and that it would be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.

Are you looking forward to the long-awaited Windows 11 update? What features excite you the most? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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I do not expect much for changing to Win 11 if the hardware supports it.   Suspicious and feel it may be "secure", but it will not be, to tighter govt monitoring, and a further monetised environment.     Prior PC to the DELL I have now, I had a mid range HP from MAY 2010 into early 2018; it just got too old.  No significant WIn issues ever, and I did all Win upgrades.      Now, the 3 year old DELL XPS box that I got from B&H ( l almost literally dumped it. No WIN issues at first.  Stalling issues and the BIOS was updated 4 times).   The Win 10 upgrade went fine but I gained no overall performance or interface benefits.      I am demanding and I keep 2 browsers open with lots of tabs, edit photos including RAW in Lumineer and Paint Shop Pro at the same time, and have World open.   I restart each few days when File Explorer, or any of the software get stalls or gets flaky.  I have lots of hard drive space, remove disk clutter etc. 

I have a System76 Oryx Pro running their Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS and I couldn't care much less for Windows now. I use RawTherapee and digiKam for my photo editing and organizing. Unless you really need to use Windows-only software and there isn't a way to run it on GNU/Linux with WINE, it might be good to start looking at open-source OS options.

At what point do they remove the bloat in favor of security? From what I've seen they are trying had to make this seem more like a mobile device. What use is more functionality if its all vulnerable? I'd rather have half the features and much, much greater security.  How about self-healing Operating system files? When are we removing Powershell from computers for consumers? 

I agree that the new OS definitely seems like it's taking some of its design cues from some mobile platforms, but I haven't seen anything that makes me think it's any more of a security risk than previous operating systems. From a business standpoint, Microsoft definitely wouldn't benefit from releasing a new OS with more vulnerabilities, so I'm hopeful Windows 11 will feature sufficient protections. My optimism aside, you are, of course, right to wonder about the extent of said security. It's an important issue and one consumers should continue to monitor. Hopefully, we'll learn more about what protections Windows 11 offers as we get closer to its official release date.  

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