Microsoft formally announces Windows 11

Windows 11 announced

The next generation of Windows, which has been referred to by
Microsoft watchers as ‘Windows Sun Valley’, is now official.
Today, Microsoft revealed that its next major OS will get the
name we all expected – Windows 11.

During the event, Microsoft executives revealed what Windows 11
will bring new features for customers – a particularly
important target for Microsoft under the leadership of Panos
Panay, given that consumers are losing interest in Windows as
the operating system has been on the backburner for the past
five years.

The technical or Insider preview of Windows 11 will be released
soon and it will have precisely that “customer” focus with all
new Start Menu and new fancy features. It is likely to be
missing enterprise-oriented features, but with Windows 11
expected to launch in the fall of this year, Microsoft still
has plenty of time to add additional features to the OS.

Start Menu is getting a new look

The Start menu is obviously getting a revamp and it comes with
a completely new look that resembles Windows 10X, Microsoft’s
cancelled operating system for dual-screen PCs.

The Start menu will be centered, which means you will no longer
find the Start Menu in the bottom corner by default. However,
users can switch to the left alignment from the Settings app,
which is also getting a revamp.

The live tiles are gone as expected and the Start menu uses a
simplified grid layout with icons displayed without their live
tiles functionality. The top area of the Start Menu features
“pinned” apps, while the lower part is used as a replacement
for Windows Timeline, which has been removed from Windows 11.

The Start menu can now show recommended files and apps from
your Microsoft or local account. The power options are now
located at the lower right corner and it comes with classic
options like shut down, sleep or restart the system.

The design of the Start menu could be further refined if you
apply the accent colour and use Microsoft’s new flow
wallpapers. It’s possible that new features will be added to
the Start many by the time Windows 11 sees the daylight in the
consumer channel, with additional information to be shared by
the Windows Insider team in the coming months.

Of course, if you don’t like the new Start, you can always
restore the classic live tiles version, which has been updated
with rounded corners too.

A brand new Settings app

Windows Settings, which was once supposed to replace Control
Panel, is getting a major upgrade with the release of
Microsoft’s new operating system this fall.

The Settings app now reorganized layout and more colourful
icons, and it’s a new navigation menu on the left side, similar
to Control Panel. The navigation menu will help you access
Updates & Security, Personalization, Bluetooth and other pages
of the Settings.

Here’s a list of all other big improvements:

  • Redesigned Action Center, Taskbar, and other interfaces.
  • Rounded corners everywhere.
  • New touch controls and gestures.
  • Updated File Explorer.
  • New Windows Store
  • Android apps support.

You can read our
Windows 11 changelog article to know more about the new
operating system.

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