Why Windows 11 is more than just redesign

Microsoft didn’t see the mobile shift coming, and Windows has paid the price for it for years. With Windows 11, unveiled Thursday – and which will be launched by the end of the year – the company is not starting from scratch. But finally seems to offer a coherent vision.

New look

Windows 11 therefore adopts a new look, with a toolbar now centered as on MacOS, rounded windows and many transparency effects. Above all, the start menu says goodbye to the infamous tiles animated and offers a launcher modern collection of recent programs and files. Visually, the airy design won’t appeal to everyone, but it has the merit of being consistent, while Windows 10 suffered from a duality between menus inherited from the desktop version and others from Windows mobile / phone.

Compatibility with Android apps

Gone are the days when Windows had 95% of a market that boiled down to computers. In a “mobile first” world where PCs are now in the minority, Microsoft, after having surrendered to the domination of Android and iOS, was forced to adapt and open up to the outside world. Under the leadership of Satya Nadella, the company has ported its software to competing platforms. Windows 11 is building a bridge in the other direction: the OS will be compatible with Android apps through Amazon’s mobile application store and relying on Intel Bridge technology. Google’s home apps, like Maps, will not be found there, but Windows will have access to millions of apps (displayed in a window) like TikTok, which had bypassed the Windows store. Still on the open side, Windows 11 will integrate Teams for video conferencing, with video calls that can be made to any device, including iOS and Android.

Continuity according to usage

The popular theme is “continuity”. PC, smartphone, tablet, TV… We go from one to the other without transition. Apple has developed bridges between iOS and MacOS, and Google between Android and Chrome OS. Windows 10 was already automatically switching to PC or tablet mode for 2-1 devices, but this new edition refines the experience. In design but also in uses, with the strength of Microsoft in the Cloud. Its Xbox Game Pass service, in particular, allows you to continue a game on another device.


Windows 11 will be available as a free update (from Windows 10) by the end of the year. But the most impatient can install a preview version via the Insider program starting Monday. To find out if your machine is compatible, just download the Windows PC Health app here. Attention, in general, such versions contain many bugs. At your own risk, therefore.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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