The web was born and grew on Windows. It was where many of us wrote our first email, played our first PC game, and wrote our first line of code. Windows is where people go to create, to connect, to learn and to reach – a platform that more than a billion people now depend on.
The responsibility to design something for so many people is a responsibility that Microsoft doesn’t take lightly. The past 18 months have brought an incredible shift in the way we use our PCs from trying to fit the PC into our life to trying to fit our entire life into the PC. Devices are no longer just the place where we go to have meetings, classes and get things done, they have become the place where we play games with friends, watch our favorite shows and, perhaps now with more meaning, connect with each other. to others.
Most powerful was the shift in the PC that we saw and felt – from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us when we were building the next generation of Windows. The inspiration to build a place that felt familiar, where we could create, learn, play and, most importantly, connect in all new ways.
Microsoft today introduces Windows 11, designed to help people connect, do and create even more.
Redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease
Microsoft simplified the design and the user experience to empower people to do more and inspire their creativity more with Windows 11. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button on the taskbar to every sound, source and icon, everything was intentionally done with the aim of giving the user control and, at the same time, providing a feeling of calm and ease.
The Start button has been placed in the center and the experience of finding what you are looking for has become easier and faster. The start button uses the power of cloud and Microsoft 365 to show the user their recent files, regardless of the platform or device they were previously viewing, even if they were on an Android or iOS device.
Windows has always been aimed at helping the user to work as they wish, offering the flexibility of viewing multiple windows and the ability to use different applications simultaneously. In the new Windows 11, applications like Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops were introduced to provide the user with an even more powerful way to multitask and stay up to date on what needs to be done.
These new features also help the user to organize their windows and optimize their screen, so you can see exactly what you need, the way you want, in a layout visually clean. With the Desktops option, the user can create separate spaces for each dimension of his life – work, games or school, for example – and customize them according to his personal taste, even switching between them.
A faster way for the user to connect with the people they care about most
Another critical part of getting closer to what we love is getting closer to the people we care about. The past 18 months have led to new behavior for the way we create meaningful connections with people digitally. Even in a context of greater face-to-face interaction, Microsoft wants to continue to facilitate the approach between people, regardless of where they are, and the device or platform cannot constitute a barrier.
In Windows 11, Microsoft Teams is now integrated into the taskbar, allowing the user to instantly connect with anyone, via text, chat, voice or video from anywhere, regardless of the platform or device on which either through Windows, Android or iOS. If the person you want to connect with has not done the download from Microsoft Teams, you can still connect via the two-way SMS option.
Windows 11 also improves integration with Teams productivity features, allowing you to start a presentation or mute directly from the taskbar.
Delivering the best PC gaming experience yet
Windows 11 was also designed for game lovers. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world play on Windows and it is also through this that they connect and share joy with their friends.
Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of hardware of the system, putting the latest gaming technologies to work for the user. These include DirectX 12 Ultimate, which offers breathtakingly immersive graphics and high-speed frames; DirectStorage for faster load times and more detailed global gaming and Auto HDR for a more captivating visual experience through a wider, more vibrant color gamut.
Regarding the compatibility of hardware, Windows 11 continues to support PC gaming accessories and users’ favorite peripherals. With the Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers have access to over 100 high-quality PC games as well as new games constantly being added, making it easy to find people to play with, regardless of whether they’re playing on PC or in console.
A faster way to get the information that matters
Windows 11 brings the user closer to the news and information that interest him more quickly through Widgets – a new feed custom AI powered and featuring the best performance of browser of Microsoft Edge. Even in moments of greater concentration and creativity, breaks are still needed – a moment to connect with the world or for a reset mental.
Today, we use phones to check news, weather or notifications. It is now possible to view directly from the desktop. When the user chooses a feed custom, it slides across the screen without disturbing what you’re doing. Widgets also offers new horizons of custom content for creators and publishers.
Microsoft’s aspiration is to continue to create a pipeline vibrant for both global brands and local creators, while benefiting consumers.
A new Microsoft Store that brings together users’ favorite apps and entertainment
The new Microsoft Store is where users can find applications and content to view, create, play, work and learn. This has been redesigned to be faster, having a design brand new that is beautiful and simple to use. In addition to making more apps available than ever before, Microsoft aims to make content – apps, games, shows, movies – easier to search and discover, with greater curation of content and collections.
Applications such as Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, Canva will soon be available – all of which provide incredible experiences to entertain, inspire and connect users. Additionally, when downloading an application from the Microsoft Store, the user does so with the peace of mind of knowing that it has been previously tested for safe and family use.
Microsoft also announces that, for the first time, it brings Android applications to Windows. From the end of this year, users will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore – they can, for example, record and publish a TikTok video, or use Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning directly from from your PC. More news will be shared in the coming months.
A more open ecosystem that unlocks new opportunities for programmers and creators
Microsoft is committed to unlocking cost-effective opportunities for developers and developers, and in this regard, gives the opportunity to independent vendors of software (ISVs) to bring their applications to Windows 11, regardless of whether they are built as Win32, Progressive Web App (PWA), or Universal Windows App (UWP) or any other application framework, thus creating an opportunity to reach and engage more people.
Additionally, Microsoft also announces a progressive change in its revenue sharing policies, giving creators the possibility to bring their own business to the Microsoft Store and keep 100% of the revenue. App developers can still use the Microsoft Store with a competitive 85/15 revenue share. In this way, Microsoft believes that creating a more open ecosystem will benefit its customers, giving them secure access and unrestricted access to the applications, games, movies, shows and web content they want and need.
Faster, safer and more familiar for IT
For IT professionals, Windows 11 maintains the consistent, compatible, and familiar foundation of Windows 10. Professionals will then be able to plan, prepare, and deploy in Windows 11 just as they already do in Windows 10. Upgrading the system to Windows 11 will be like doing an upgrade on Windows 10. The management experience you currently have with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the settings of cloud, Windows Update for Business and Autopilot – will support your desktop as they integrate with Windows 11.
As with Windows 10, Microsoft is strongly committed to application compatibility, which is a fundamental principle of design of Windows 11. So the apps will run on Windows 11 with App Assure, a service that helps customers with 150 or more users resolve any application issues they may encounter, at no additional cost.
Windows 11 is also safe on your design, with new embedded security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud, allowing productivity and new experiences simultaneously. Windows 11 provides an operating system in a Zero Trust approach to protecting data and access across devices, a result of Microsoft’s work with its partners to raise basic security requirements and meet the needs of the growing threat and security landscape. new world of hybrid work.
The best time to buy a PC
Microsoft has been working closely with its partners in hardware and Silicon to ensure that most PCs that are purchased today will be Windows 11 ready – across a variety of factors and prices. Together, Windows 11 is optimized for higher levels of speed and efficiency and better touch, voice and drawing experiences.
The touch experience has been improved for using Windows 11 on a tablet without a keyboard, creating more space between icons on the taskbar and adding layouts touchscreens and subtle visual cues to make it easier to resize and move windows, as well as add gestures. Haptics also makes using the pen more immersive and immersive – allowing the user to hear and feel the vibrations as they click, edit or draw. Windows 11 also brings improvements in voice typing, amazingly recognizing what the user says, automatically scoring for it with voice commands like “erase this”. This is a great resource when you need to take a break from typing and put your ideas down on paper.
Windows 11 will be available on new PCs and through a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PCs earlier this summer. To see which current Windows 10 PCs are eligible for the free Windows 11 upgrade, you can check the website Windows.com and download the PC Health Check application.
Windows is more than an operating system. It is something that is part of many people’s lives, allowing them to connect with each other, and it is also the place where they learn, work and have fun times. With Windows 11, Microsoft hopes to further empower and inspire people to do what they love and create more.