On 24th June 2021, Microsoft officially announced the latest major release of the Windows NT operating system, Windows 11. The announcement was made at a virtual event hosted by Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay.
Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, which was released back in 2015.
So, what’s new?
Windows 11 combines a rejuvenated Start menu with new ways to connect with the people, news, games, and content you love.
A redesigned interface is present throughout the operating system; translucency, shadows, a new color palette, and rounded geometry are prevalent throughout the UI. Taskbar buttons are center-aligned by default, but can be changed back to the left, and the new “Widgets” button displays a panel with widgets along with a news feed powered by Microsoft News. The taskbar is permanently stuck at the bottom edge of the screen and cannot be moved to the top, left, or right edges.
The Start menu has been significantly redesigned, replacing the “live tiles” used by Windows 8.x and 10 with a grid of “pinned” applications, and a list of recent applications and documents.
Task View, a feature introduced in Windows 10, features a refreshed design, and supports giving separate wallpapers to each virtual desktop. The window snapping functionality has been enhanced with two additional features; “snap layouts” allows the user to select a pre-determined layout they want to use for tiling multiple windows onto a display. The tiled arrangement of windows can be minimized and restored from the taskbar as a “snap group”.
Other changes to the system include new system icons, animations, sounds, and widgets. There are previews of a new design for the File Explorer and Windows Settings apps, too!
When can I get it?
Windows 11 isn’t here yet (unless you’re a Windows Insider with a Preview edition!) but it will be coming later this year.
How do I get it?
A PC Health Check app will be released soon, which you can use to see if your current PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If your PC meets the requirements, you can get a free upgrade when it rolls out. The update will be available via Windows Update. If it doesn’t meet the requirements, you’ll need a new PC! Contact us today for more information, or for a free quotation.
Visit the official Windows 11 page for more information.