After years of mysteries and abandoned projects, Microsoft finally launched Windows 11 this Thursday (24th). During the online broadcast, the company talked about a new version of the operating system with a modern look, integration between devices and programs, virtual store news, and more.
Among the highlights, the tech giant announced that the OS will offer Android apps that run natively, and that the update will be free for anyone who already has Windows 10 installed on their computer.
For those who missed the event, we has separated 8 major novelties associated with the software. Check out the highlights below.
1. Look prettier
Windows 11 gets a visual overhaul. Icons, taskbars, and wallpapers are more modern, with a minimalist and transparent aesthetic, while the color palette is more appealing. The system also received several new themes ranging from purple to light blue.
2. New Android App Store
The new Windows App Store has received very interesting news for developers and users. The ecosystem will be open to a variety of software, including so-called “third-party providers.” Android apps will also appear in the virtual store for the first time.
Apps like TikTok, Uber, Ring, Yahoo, Kindle, and more were featured in the demo. Android programs work through integration with the Amazon App Store and run on Intel technology.
3. Safety and speed
Windows CEO Panos Panay pointed out in his speech that it will be “the most secure software ever.” Many details were not given, but in addition to security, it is said that the software should also be faster, including the browser. Benchmarks running on leaked Windows 11 builds have pointed in this direction.
4. Snapshot Group System
Windows received an entirely new system for organizing windows and applications. One of the resources for making these adjustments will be “Snap Groups,” which allow the organization to base different types of criteria.
5. Player function
Among the novelties presented to gamers, Windows 11 will have Auto HDR, which will increase the resolution of games. Another important detail is the integration of the game subscription service Xbox Game Pass into the operating system.
6. Multi-screen support
In addition to fully customizing Windows, Microsoft said Windows 11 will have an overhauled multi-monitor support system. For example, a user who integrates a PC with a tablet can organize programs in a very intuitive and fast way.
Tablets will have a new touch system to facilitate this organization, which can be done by touching and dragging a finger across the screen.
7. Microsoft Teams Integration
With Microsoft Teams, the video calling app that “exploded” during the pandemic, the company announced 100 percent native integration with Windows 11. In addition to working as part of the operating system, the program gets new transparent optics with rounded edges to match the new windows.
8. Free Updates
For the most anticipated topic by users, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 11 will offer a free upgrade to users who have Windows 10 installed on their computers.
There is one problem with the problem: the user’s PC must have minimum settings such as 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and a 64-bit CPU. The operating system will be available by the end of 2021.