confirmed Microsoft officially named the next version of Windows today, Windows 11.
After months of suspense and hints about the number 11 and the leak of Windows 11, Microsoft’s new operating system is official.
The major focus of Windows 11 is on a simplified Windows user interface, the new Microsoft Store, and improvements in performance and multitasking.
Windows 11 includes a new Start menu and an updated Start button, both centered on the taskbar.
This user interface is very similar to what we first saw in Windows 10X, a project originally planned for dual-screen devices that Microsoft canceled.
Much of the user interface work that was introduced in Windows 10X appears in Windows 11.
The new Start menu abandons the Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8 and moves toward the typical launcher you’d find on Chrome OS or Android.
There are modern apps and documents and a separate search interface. Much of the central appearance is clearly influenced by macOS and Chrome OS.
Windows 11 also includes the rounded corners we’ve seen on both Android and iOS.
“The team has thought through every detail,” says Panos Panay, President of Windows. Windows 11 also includes updated dark and light modes, which look much better than what we’ve seen in the current Windows.
There’s also something Microsoft calls Quick Layouts, which let you quickly view apps in the different modes Windows 11 supports.
This new version of the operating system also remembers where your apps are stored, thanks to so-called Snap Group layouts.
And it seems like a useful way to support multiple screens, and to make sure that apps always open on the right screen.
This is especially useful if you are using a laptop computer with a monitor, or a traditional computer with multiple monitors.
Performance is also a major focus for the operating system. Windows updates are 40 percent smaller and more efficient because they now happen in the background.
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