What’s new for Windows 11?

Windows 11 on a laptop

The latest update from Microsoft is coming in the form of Windows 11. This is one of the biggest switch-ups in how Windows looks and operated in around 6 years with Windows 8. So, how will this differ from the operating system we are used to?

Windows 11 has been stripped back to look minimalistic and fresh, with an overarching calming feel. Even the sounds and default font have been redesigned from the ground up. The windows themselves have a frosted glass feel and rounded corners add to the softer feel of Windows 11. The infamous Start button, usually found in the left corner, has been relocated to the centre of the display. Microsoft has said this is to make “it easier and quicker to find what you need”. The new Start menu has also had a refresh, displaying recently accessed files and pinned apps.

A new way to lay out various programs on your screen has been created too. Snap Layouts and Snap Grids let you organise your open windows with ease, which can help to improve workflow. Instead of minimising and maximising programs repeatedly, up to four windows can be displayed at once. There will also be an option to make separate desktop layouts for different activities. For example, one could be for work, another for home and another for gaming. The advantage of this is that work can easily be separated from play. This can be refreshing when working from home on the same device used for leisure.

Microsoft Teams will also receive a new feature, called Chat. Chat opens in a small window, similar to Facebook Messenger, allowing for easy communication. This will allow access across devices including Windows, Android and iOS. If you are familiar with Mac’s, this is similar to the Facetime feature there.

When will Windows 11 be available?

Windows 11 will be available as a free update (providing you already have a licensed copy of Windows 10), beginning its rollout at the end of 2021 into 2022.

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