After a somewhat turbulent teasing phase, including the leak of a beta version, Microsoft has finally presented Windows 11, the new generation of its operating system. Microsoft has revamped its OS with a new interface with not only a new start menu but also with an interesting integration of Android apps compatibility. The release date of Windows 11 is scheduled for the end of the year and will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. In this period that separates us from the release date, it seems that Microsoft will push the idea of a product designed for the needs of all users.
The first novelty that catches the eye is also one of those confirmed by the beta version that appeared online a few days ago. The new Start menu: centrally positioned on the taskbar, similar to what would have been Windows 10X as is a good part of the user interfaces shown at today’s event.
The so-called Tiles we’ve brought with us in recent editions of the operating system have been eliminated in favor of a menu that focuses on recently used applications, documents, files, as well as search options. Microsoft’s goal is to create a more versatile ecosystem, with several layouts to choose from quickly, to divide the screen into multiple windows as needed.
Among other things, the system is able to remember the position in which the different apps have been placed. This way, users can switch from one layout to another without losing their favorite configuration. In this way, those who use multiple screens, like working on the move on a notebook and then connecting it to a larger screen, return home, will find their favorite layout instantly.
Microsoft also pointed out that updates will be on average 40% lighter than in the past and will run in the background, so (in theory) no more alerts, scheduled shutdowns, and long waits. Then there are a number of interesting additions, such as the integration of Microsoft Teams and a renewed focus on widgets, which return with the promise of using artificial intelligence to give each user the right mix of news, useful information, and so on.
For gamers, Windows 11 promises to deliver the “best PC gaming experience”, with an improved version of Auto HDR already available on Xbox and DirectStorage that will enable NVMe compatible PCs to load titles faster, without weighing excessively on the CPU. Among other things, Game Pass, the workhorse of Microsoft’s gaming strategy, and xCloud will be integrated into Windows 11.
The Microsoft Store will be revised to be faster and with the aim of giving greater visibility to developers, who will also have the opportunity to choose payment systems other than those provided within the Microsoft Store, without this taking any percentage. Even more interesting, there will be a way to download and launch Android apps; all made possible by the collaboration with Intel and its Bridge technology.
What Microsoft has shown will not only apply to PCs but also to tablets, since with the appropriate mode you will have access to a number of revised and correct gestures to use Windows 11 in a more intuitive way even with your fingers.