The new operating system brings with it a number of improvements, including a redesigned user interface, updated window management features, and even support for Android apps.
Immediately, the first thing you notice is the redesigned taskbar and Start menu. Like previous leaks, the Windows 11 taskbar now looks quite similar to macOS with icons centered rather than left skewed as before. However, it still keeps miscellaneous items like clocks and icons on the right, and this makes the left feel empty.
In addition, the Start Menu also has a completely new design, focusing on displaying applications and documents that users often access. You can still change your user profile and power off your PC from here.
The rest of the user interface also received many new improvements. Windows corners are now more rounded than in older versions, especially when compared to Windows 10’s sharp edges. Now the user interface is designed to be even more transparent and streamlined. The theme has been overhauled, making a more significant impact on the user interface.
Windows 11 also introduces Layouts Snap, Snap Groups and Desktop make it easy to quickly arrange multiple windows around the screen wallpaper around. It will also remember this layout so that the user can still use it when switching between screens.
On Windows 11, Microsoft has integrated its own Microsoft Teams application directly into the operating system. It’s in the taskbar, and Teams is basically a messaging/video calling app that you can use to call or text your friends, family, or colleagues.
Windows 11 is also getting new widgets. These widgets are in their own separate screens, which can be dragged in at any time from the left edge of the screen. As seen on other platforms, widgets will provide quick viewable information from all your apps that will support this feature.
Microsoft has also improved support for touch screen devices. The operating system will change its layout when it detects when you switch to tablet mode . Voice and text input features have also been improved with the new keyboard . Touch-pen users will also get haptic feedback with selected pen models.
For gamers, Microsoft is bringing Auto HDR from its Xbox Series controller, and the feature will enable to export HDR even from non-HDR games. Another feature designed for Xbox controllers and now available on PC is DirectStorage. It takes advantage of NVMe SSD memory and speeds up game load times dramatically. Game Pass, a subscription service for games, will also be integrated into the operating system via the new Xbox app.
Microsoft has also overhauled its Store app for Windows 11. While it has a brand new user interface designed to load and function faster, the most notable feature here is Android-app support. Through partnerships with Amazon and Intel, existing Android apps will be available through the Microsoft Store and will run on Windows 11 without any tweaking from the developers.
It is known that Windows 11 will be officially released by Microsoft later this year and is a free update. The minimum hardware requirements for this operating system are:
- 64-bit dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz
- RAM 4GB
- 64GB hard drive
- 9-inch screen with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels
- Compatible with UEFI, Secure Boot & TPM 2.0
- Compatible graphics DirectX 12/WWDM 2.x