Windows 11 officially – an operating system with personalization in the center

In 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10, which also marked a shift in layout: From new versions to regular updates. It is now clear that the company is scrapping the plan to have Windows 10 as its final destination, when Windows 11 makes its official debut. Similar to the version that found its way to the web earlier in June, it is about a facelift with rounded corners, a new start menu and the choice to center the taskbar.

Now Microsoft’s Panos Panay with colleagues shows that the cornerstone of Windows 11 is to create an operating system that can be highly adapted for both developers and the broad user base. CEO Satya Nadella concludes the broadcast by clarifying the visions that Windows will continue to be a platform that enables the development of the next world-changing solution, as when the web saw the light of day. Microsoft presents a wide range of new features that they believe can fulfill the vision.

Smooth shift for work and private life

Windows 11 lives up to its name and puts various window management features in focus, there Snap Groups is a variant that in a smooth way should allow the user to configure which windows are to be seen at the same time and in which constellations. These groups can be switched between and when a computer is connected to an additional external monitor, the groups follow. Furthermore, Microsoft attaches importance to the various virtual desktops that are also available with Windows 10. These can, for example, be used to divide the digital workspace into games, work and entertainment.

In all sub-segments, Microsoft shows use together with computers with touch screens and it is clear that Windows 11 borrows inspiration from mobile operating systems. Widgets becomes a new page that collects news and other material in a view that can be swept forward from the page. Even more telepathic is the fact that Android applications are coming to the Windows platform.

During the pandemic, many businesses and individuals have been forced to conduct work, education and social contacts at a distance, and there Microsoft’s collaboration application Teams has found a role. With Windows 11, this becomes part of the operating system and contacts and call functions thus become a more integrated component.

The Microsoft Store is being fundamentally redesigned

When Windows 11 makes its entrance, Microsoft wants its own application store to be the hub for all applications, and with this the company throws out the old philosophy of requiring software according to Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Developers behind, for example, Win32 software are invited and during the day, Microsoft will update interested players on more details.

The company believes that all sales of applications can be made free of charge if the developer provides its own system for payments, where Adobe’s subscription function is exemplified as such a solution. For other players, “industry-leading profit share” is stated. As mentioned, Android applications will also be available through the store, based on Amazon’s application store. Whether these follow the same payment system is unclear at the time of writing.

New gaming features

Early game performance tests show a non-existent difference from Windows 10, but the updated operating system will introduce the now Xbox Series-available storage feature Directstorage to the computer world. In short, the technology means getting around bottlenecks that games face when it comes to loading small pieces of data in real time, which is done with textures, for example. In addition, the function Auto HDR, which should screw on the light part of the game.

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Hardware manufacturers on the train – Qualcomm too

In a short and somewhat cryptic segment, Panay explains that computer manufacturers are working to develop products that are in line with the functions of the new operating system. On the processor side, it is mentioned that AMD, Intel and Qualcomm have designed together with Microsoft. The fact that the latter company is on the train suggests that Windows 11 supports both ARM and x86-based circuits, but whether this is the case remains to be seen.

Released for Christmas shopping

Microsoft’s blog contains the presentation material in written form, but expands the information with details of launch: Christmas trade 2021. Microsoft promises to return with more information in the near future and as early as next week, participants in Windows Insider Program take part in a Windows 11 version. The upgrade is free for Windows 10 devices, but does not necessarily apply to all computers.

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Through PC HealthThe tool shares a judgment if the system requirements to run Windows 11 are met, but if not, it reads that updates for Windows 10 will continue to roll, something that forum members have already tested. The future of Windows 10 is not mentioned in the presentation, but it is clear in any case that its best-before date is October 2025.

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