Microsoft Showcases Windows 11 with New Design and Features

Friday, 25-June-2021 13:10

Microsoft Windows 11 OS
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Microsoft Windows 11 OS

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Microsoft has officially confirmed the presence of Windows 11, after previously providing a number of teasers for the new operating system. Windows 11 comes with fresh design and feature updates.

As quoted from its official page on Friday (06/25/2021), Microsoft said the big focus for Windows 11 is the simplification of the Windows user interface, the new Windows store, and improved performance and multitasking. Windows 11 will also include support for running Android apps for the first time.

Here's a rundown of what's new in Windows 11.

Design and layout

Windows 11 includes a new Start menu and an updated Start button that are both centered on the taskbar. This user interface (UI) is very similar to what was first seen in Windows 10X, a project originally planned for dual-screen devices that was eventually canceled by Microsoft. Many of the UIs that go into Windows 10X appear in Windows 11.

The new Start menu comes with Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8. There are apps, recent documents, and a separate search interface.

Panos Panay, Head of Windows, said the team had been obsessed with every detail. Windows 11 will also include updated dark and light modes.

There's also something called Microsoft Snap Layouts, which allow users to quickly enter apps into the various modes that Windows 11 supports. This new version of Windows 11 will also remember where the user's apps are stored, thanks to something called Group Snap.

Performance and features

Performance is also a big focus for Windows 11. This Windows update is 40 percent smaller and more efficient and is not expected to interfere with users' work.

Microsoft is also integrating Microsoft Teams directly into Windows 11 for consumers. Teams is integrated right into the taskbar, allowing Windows 11 users to call friends, family, or coworkers.

Windows widgets and touch gestures are also a big part of Windows 11. Widgets are personalized feeds, powered by AI, and built on the widgets introduced in Windows 10.

Widgets slide from the left side of Windows 11, and you can also make them full screen. Built-in widgets include news feed, weather, and maps.

Interestingly, this widget also includes a widget that lets you tip local content creators right from within Windows 11.

Microsoft is also improving gestures that can be used on tablets and touch targets. Instead of switching to tablet mode, Windows 11 simply adapts to allow users to touch the OS with ease.

Further, it looks like there will be a lot of new hardware that will support the changes in Windows 11.

Gaming​​​​Xbox Series X/S, namely Auto HDR, will be part of Windows 11. Enabling Auto HDR will add high dynamic range (HDR) to a large number of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games as long as the user has an HDR compatible monitor.

Microsoft is also promising speed and performance improvements for Windows 11. DirectStorage will be part of Windows 11, a big new feature of Xbox Series X/S. DirectStorage will require the latest NVMe drives to speed up game loading times in Windows 11.

Xbox Game Pass is also being integrated into Windows 11, thanks to a new Xbox app that the company has been testing for months. It also includes xCloud which is integrated into this Xbox app, so users can also stream games from Microsoft's cloud.


Lastly, one of the biggest parts of Windows 11 is the new storage and support for Android apps on Windows. The Microsoft Store has been redesigned and will support a whole host of apps not normally available in the Windows app store. That includes apps from the Adobe Creative Suite, and Android apps, including TikTok and Instagram.

Windows 11 will also run Android apps. Microsoft has partnered with Amazon and Intel to make it happen, and Windows 11 will use Intel Bridge technology to make it happen.

Microsoft demonstrated TikTok and other Android apps running alongside Windows apps on Windows 11, and the company plans to share more information about these in the coming months.

There's no release date for Windows 11 yet, but Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users this holiday, as reported by Antara.

Reporter : turkhan
Editor : turkhan