Windows 11 is apparently real and it’s coming later this year,
according to a new leaked preview build from China.
Microsoft’s desktop operating system is getting a major
interface revamp later this year as part of the Windows Sun
Valley Update and it will be called “Windows 11” when it
launches for the mainstream audience. Today, new clues as to
what might be coming in the Windows 11 update have just been
As you may recall, we exclusive reported last year that Windows
10’s next big update could drop live tiles for icons, and
introduce a new interface that would be similar to
The latest leak has confirmed the brand new Start Menu without
live tiles. In addition to the new Start Menu, Microsoft is
also dropping the sharp edges on windows or other interface
elements like Start Menu.
Start Menu has been undocked from the taskbar and it’s using
rounded corners, something that we were already expecting based
on leaks from job listings and Microsoft’s internal
documentation. in the year. However, there’s a lot more going
on here than the rounded corners.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the changes aren’t all
that drastic, but they are noticeable and will certainly feel
like a whole new experience regardless. For example, live tiles
are completely gone and Start Menu is using the new icon.
Some of your apps will now appear on the home screen under the
“pinned” section. Windows Timeline has been removed, but
there’s a new “recommended” section that fetches files and
documents from your Microsoft account.
It’s actually very similar to how the Windows 10X Start menu
looked in the leaked preview builds we’ve had access to. Users
can pin apps and documents. At the bottom, a button can take
the user to the Microsoft account settings app.
There’s also a new power button in the Start Menu.