The party was all the same a little spoiled for Microsoft which has just officially unveiled the next and new Windows which will therefore be Windows 11. The (big) leak of a preview last week made it possible to know a little about advance several elements presented today.
Windows 11 is a redesigned design and a goal of simplifying. The work carried out within the framework of the defunct Windows 10X project and with the Sun Valley project is clearly there.
The design but not only
Windows with rounded edges, smoother transitions, reworked light and dark modes and other aesthetic evolutions accompany the new Start menu which sheds dynamic thumbnails and is positioned by default in the center of the taskbar. It’s more like a mobile app launcher, while Microsoft touts the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to display recent files regardless of the device they were viewed on.
For multitasking, Windows 11 introduces Snap Layouts to more easily dock various windows and applications on the screen without going through a keyboard shortcut. Snap Groups allows you to keep in memory the different layouts to come back to them if necessary directly from the taskbar. Virtual offices are also entitled to improvements.
Directly in Windows 11 and in the taskbar, Microsoft integrates its Teams collaborative communication solution and seems in passing to turn the Skype page. With AI reinforcement for suitable and personalized content, Widgets offers a news feed, for the weather or with notifications. Very similar to the News and Interests feature deployed on Windows 10.
Microsoft also insisted on improvements made for the use without a keyboard on a touch screen and for the same type of experience, for voice recognition, the activation of haptic feedback with the stylus.
Gaming and Microsoft Store… with Android apps
For video games, Xbox Game Pass will be integrated into Windows 11 thanks to a new Xbox application, also with xCloud. As glimpsed with pre-versions of Windows 10, technologies inherited from the Xbox Series X / S land with Auto HDR to bring HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of the image to DirectX 11 or DirectX12 games released in SDR (Standard Dynamic Range), DirectStorage with NVMe drives for reduced game loading times.
A new Microsoft Store is in the game with surprises. Its design has obviously been revised and it will host PWA (Progressive Web App), UWP (Universal Windows App) and Win32 applications. Developers will be able to keep all of the income by offering their ” own trade engine “, which undoubtedly alludes to their payment system. This will be in default of the 15% commission from Microsoft.
The biggest surprise, however, is Android applications that can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store. These Android applications can be managed in the same way as Windows applications with, for example, integration into the taskbar. The rumor of Android apps on Windows is coming to fruition. It remains to know the underlying technology.
During its presentation of Windows 11, Microsoft raised a few aspects in terms of performance, including the fact that the updates will be 40% smaller and with updates in the background, in addition to stressing better battery life for laptops.
The availability of Windows 11 is announced for soon on the new PCs. Otherwise it will be from the fall with a free upgrade for qualifying computers.
Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.
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