After several months of leaks, rumours, and various job
listings of the big
Windows Sun Valley update, the pre-release build crept onto
various file-sharing websites yesterday ahead of its public
preview on June 24.
Initial testing revealed that the Windows 11 (Windows 10’s
successor) includes tweaks designed to modernize the operating
system and optimize it for tablet and keyboard/mouse users. The
Windows 10 successor includes
rounded corners, a
new Start menu without tiles, and other UI improvements.
In addition to Windows 10X-like interface, Windows 11 has added
a new multitasking feature to allow multiple windows to be
snapped on your desktop.
If you’re a fan of the window snapping feature and you’ve been
waiting for Windows to allow you to quickly access the snap
layouts, now you can with Windows 11. One of the new
multitasking features is improved window snapping, which can be
accessed by hovering over the maximize button.
Using the new snap controls, Microsoft lets you move a window
to any spot on the screen, allowing users to run multiple apps
at the same time.
As you can see in the above video, you can simply hover the
“maximize” button in Windows 11 to access four different
options and instantly snap the window.
What’s great about the snap is that Microsoft has already
created useful layouts:
- Two apps split equally across the screen
- Two apps side-by-side but the focus would be on the left
- Three apps on the screen
- Four apps on the screen
The ‘snap-based task groups’ was first spotted in the preview
builds earlier this year and it will be enabled by default with
the next generation of Windows.
If you don’t like the built-in snapping experience on Windows,
Microsoft has another tool called “PowerToys”, which comes with
the FancyZones feature that lets you create your own zones that
can be resized to easily rearrange windows.
Other multitasking features on Windows 11
If you have a multi-monitor setup, you can now finally use
different virtual desktops with each display.
Additionally, Microsoft is also introducing a Charms
bar-inspired screen called “Windows Widgets” and it currently
launches the “News and Interests” feed on the desktop when you
swipe from the left side of the display.
On devices with keyboard and mouse, this new element of the
interface of Windows will launch when you click on the widgets
button pinned to the taskbar.
Microsoft is also believed to be working on new multitasking
capabilities and gestures improvements, but details are scarce
at this point.