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Microsoft announces Windows 11 with new user interface, Android apps support

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 during an online event on Thursday. There are rounded corners and a centered Start menu, along with widgets.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2021 10:09:35 pm
Windows 11, Windows 11 release date, Windows 11 launch, Windows 11 price, Windows 11 build, Windows 11 compatibilityMicrosoft has officially announced Windows 11, the successor to Windows 10.

Microsoft on Thursday announced Windows 11, the next generation of Windows. The newest version of Windows comes six years after the tech giant had introduced Windows 10 to the world. Windows 11 focuses on a new user interface, a new Windows Store, and improvements to performance.

Windows 11 features an overhauled design language, something consumers wanting from the next generation of Windows. “Today marks a major milestone in the history of Windows,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. “It’s the beginning of a new generation.”

With Windows 11, the Start button and the taskbar are moved at the bottom of the display instead of the left side. The user interface reminds us of Windows 10x, the now-defunct operation system which was supposed to take on Google’s Chrome OS. It removes live tiles and replaces them with a grid of icons that can be rearranged and pinned to the new Start. There are rounded corners, along with widgets that include things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard. There’s also an improved System Tray with a new split Notifications and Quick Actions UI. Also, Windows Update will be faster and more efficient with updates that are 40 per cent smaller and install in the background.

Read more: Windows 11 Launch Live Updates: Everything Microsoft announced

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, described the new desktop operating system as “the Windows that brings you closer to the things you love.”

Microsoft says it is also redesigning the Windows Store. Not just the brand new look, the company also said Windows 11 will support Android apps via Amazon’s app store. This means millions of popular apps which weren’t available on Windows will be available to download on the most popular desktop operating system.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would cut the amount of revenue it takes from games on Windows. It said that it will reduce its cut from 30 per cent to 12 per cent to bring more PC games to Windows Store. During the virtual event, Panos Panay said developers can use Microsoft’s payment processor which takes a 12 per cent fee from purchases, or use their own payment processor and keep 100 per cent of purchases. Microsoft rival Apple is facing an antitrust probe over its app store policies.

Windows 11, Windows 11 release date, Windows 11 launch, Windows 11 price, Windows 11 build, Windows 11 compatibility The new Windows Store.

The Redmond-based company also said it is bringing some features from its Xbox consoles to Windows 11. These include automatic HDR, which basically adjusts the lighting and colour in a game. Of course, you need the right games and an advanced PC to use this feature.

On the tablet front, Microsoft said it has made improvements to the overall experience when using touch. It is also making Microsoft Teams, its video conferencing chat platform, by integrating directly into Windows. So now Teams is integrated directly into the taskbar, thus allowing Windows 11 users to call friends, family, or colleagues.

Microsoft says that Windows 11 will begin shipping to consumers later this year, and Windows Insiders can begin testing a preview of the release as early as next week. Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, as long as you have a compatible PC that meets the requirements of Microsoft’s new operating system.

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