A Sneak-Peek into Windows 11 – The Highlights
Microsoft has been generous enough to offer a sneak-peek into Windows 11, which it has touted as the next generation of Windows. The new OS has looks and feels different, essentially better than the current OS versions. It also has a host of features that support a wide range of activities, from working online in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic to playing some of the most sophisticated PC games.
So, what exactly does Windows 11 have to offer? Here is a comprehensive overview of what to expect.
Windows 11 has a wide range of new and improved features. Some of the most notable ones include:
Neat User Interface
Windows 11 looks and feels fresh, thanks to its neat user interface. The Start icon and other icons on the taskbar are positioned at the center, making it easier to find anything on your PC.
Start offers access to your popular programs. It also offers access to your most recent files, regardless of the device or platform you were using – it uses Microsoft 365 and cloud technology to pull up your files from other synchronized devices, including your Android or iOS phone.
The new Windows 11 user interface looks and feels like a mac interface. Some of the most notable features include rounded edges and a compact design.
Gamers will appreciate the plethora of gaming features available on Windows 11. Gamers only need an Xbox Game Pass for PC to access hundreds of PC games and features.
The new OS is designed to unlock and accelerate your PC’s hardware to support some of the most sophisticated PC games. Some of these hardware-centric gaming features include:
- DirectX 12 Ultimate – DirectX 12 Ultimate supports crystal-clear graphics at high frame rates, making for an immersive gaming experience.
- DirectStorage – DirectStorage saves space, making games load faster and eliminating glitches for a flawless gaming experience.
- Auto HDR – Auto HDR accentuates different colors in the game, making for more colorful and immersive visuals.
Windows 11 is also compatible with a wide range of gaming accessories and accessories. Online gaming is also seamless, and your gaming device of choice (PC or console) doesn’t affect the experience.
The new widgets on Windows 11 are anything but generic. They feature newsfeed customized to your preferences based on your browsing habits. The newsfeed is powered by AI and Microsoft Edge, and the widgets are stacked neatly on each other in a row to mimic a smartphone experience.
Microsoft intends to use its new widgets to eliminate the urge to reach for your smartphone and other devices whenever you need something. To this end, the widgets’ window slides in and out from the side for quick and easy access to the latest developments.
Windows 11 takes versatility to a new level as it supports the integration and installation of Android apps. These apps are available on Microsoft Store, but users can also download them via the Amazon Appstore. Additionally, Microsoft promises to expand its app integration capability further over time. The apps work similarly on Windows 11 as they do on the phone.
Windows 11 is also taking inspiration from the lockdowns forced by the COVID-19 to offer a seamless communication platform on Windows 11. It offers Chat from its Microsoft Teams, which supports texting, instant messaging, voice messages, and video calls. Additionally, users can install a wide range of communication apps from Microsoft Store and Android.
Windows 11 for Business
Microsoft has been instrumental in facilitating the switch to remote working since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Windows 11 features many of these solutions, making it excellent for business use. Some of its best features for business users include:
Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular remote working platforms. It offers a range of features and functionalities that enable remote collaboration on projects. For starters, it supports real-time communication via a range of channels, including video conferencing and voice calls. Additionally, this platform supports video presentation and allows screen sharing. Users can also share documents via the cloud and synchronize access from all of their devices.
Windows 11 features the Microsoft Teams icon integrated into the taskbar. Users get access to every feature on the platform once they sign up.
Working remotely often requires multitasking on multiple windows. Users no longer have to drag each window and resize it with Windows 11, thanks to its new Snap Multitasking feature.
Snap Layouts and Snap Groups are new features that enable users to position windows evenly side-by-side at the click of a button. This helps users multitask on multiple windows while making maximum use of the screen real estate space.
Users can also customize different desktop versions for different purposes. For example, you can configure a personal version of your desktop featuring your video and music files, while a professional version may only feature your business files to limit distractions.
Cases of cyber-attacks have been increasing steadily over the recent past, especially now that more people are working online. Microsoft promises to keep its users secure using the latest cyber-security solutions, and Windows 11 features some of its best anti-malware solutions yet.
Windows 11 employs the latest cyber-security solution to provide protection from the chip to the cloud, sealing all exploitable loopholes. The platform also promises to provide regular updates to keep its users one step ahead of hackers.
Windows users will not have to wait too long to get the new Windows 11 OS. Microsoft plans on releasing the OS’s Windows Insider Program as early as July for developers and people who cannot wait to explore the new OS.
The full Windows 11 OS will be available by the end of 2020. Consequently, PCs manufactured around this period will feature the new OS. Additionally, Windows 10 users can upgrade to Windows 11 for free as long as their PCs are compatible.
Windows 11 is expected to usher in a new era for the Windows operating system. It has a fresh look and feel, and its neat user interface will make your PC feel homely. Most importantly, Windows 11 has something for everyone, including users working from home.
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