Major interface update, new “Start”, widgets, and store with support for Android applications.
On June 24, as part of an online presentation, Microsoft unveiled a new Windows 11 operating system. It has noticeably changed externally, has become more secure and fast, and has got a number of new useful features.
The system’s interface has inherited some of the features of the canceled Windows 10X. In settings, you can move to the left if you’re used to this location on Windows 10.
Windows 11 introdution video
Start itself now doesn’t have any hint of tiles – instead of them, fixed applications, as well as files and programs used in the last sessions. There’s a button on top to go to all programs, and at the bottom of this block, icons are displayed to access downloads, files, and system settings.
All windows received promised by insiders rounding in the corners and translucent design. The “Interest Tape” that appeared with the latest Update windows 10 also corresponds to the new style of the system and at the same time offers not only news and weather, but also a large set of widgets.
In this block, you will be able to withdraw exchange rates, traffic data, notes, calendar, and any other informers, such as Android or iPadOS.
Also changed system icons, switches, search menus, and buttons – everything has become more homogeneous and consistent, both in the light theme of the interface and in the dark.
For simultaneous work in several programs, there are now convenient Snap Layouts for window-sharing layouts that will be especially convenient on large displays.
With Snap Group, multiple running apps can be combined into one group. You can save these spikes for different work scenarios, so that, for example, when you return to work tasks, you don’t have to adjust everything all over again. Even after the PC is turned off, all groups will be saved.
The Edge brand browser has also changed. With one click of the tab in it, you can now position vertically, which will be convenient when working with a large number of open pages.
Team is now integrated into Windows. It is proposed to use not only for communication with colleagues but also for communication with friends and relatives, including by voice or video communication.
On Windows 11 tablets, it now automatically changes the position of apps when you change your device’s orientation and recognizes more convenient gestures. When working with a stylus, you’ll get a more accurate tactile return.
Especially for gamers in Windows 11, there was a native support Auto-HDR to get a better picture in thousands of modern games. And the Xbox app will now have a Game Pass and xCloud subscription service for cloud games. In the same application, games can be bought.
Also, gamers should be pleased with the new technology Direct Storage, which will allow you to download the data of games directly into the graphics card, bypassing the CPU. A special sticker will signal support for such technology with a laptop or PC.
The Microsoft Store has been rebuilt from scratch, adding streaming services integration and making the site open to any application (PWA, Win32, or UWP). Developers will be able to implement their own payment mechanisms and systems without commissions from Microsoft, because “Windows has always embodied the sovereignty of creators.”
Rumors about the support of Android apps were also confirmed – you can download them from the Microsoft Store. They will work with Intel Bridge technology. Icons can be placed directly on the taskbar or in Start. Instagram and TikTok were shown at the presentation.
Upgrading to Windows 11 will be completely free for all Windows 10 users. The full release of the operating system will take place in late 2021 or even early 2022. The OS will only work on 64-bit systems that meet the minimum requirements.
Recall that the working build of the early build of Windows 11 hit the network last week.
Frequently asked questions about Windows 11
What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?
Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
When can I buy a PC that comes with Windows 11 pre-installed?
PCs with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available later this year.
How much does a PC with Windows 11 cost?
It depends! Many different manufacturers will offer a variety of devices that will run Windows 11, all at different price points.
Where can I buy a PC with Windows 11?
PCs that come with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available from a broad selection of retailers later this year. Details to come.
Will my accessories work with Windows 11?
If your accessories worked with Windows 10 and meet the Windows 11 requirements, they should work with Windows 11. If you want to be sure, please check with your accessory manufacturer.
How do I know if a new Windows 10 PC meets the minimum requirements?
There are a few ways to find out. If you’re currently shopping for a new PC look for “Free upgrade to Windows 11” on the fact tag. You can also ask your retail sales professional to confirm.
When will I be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on my Windows 10 device?
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.
What if my PC doesn’t meet the minimum hardware specifications? Can I stay on Windows 10?
Yes! Windows 10 continues to be a great version of Windows. We have committed to supporting Windows 10 through October 14, 2025.
How will I know when the upgrade is available for my Windows 10 PC?
Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update.
How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?
It’s free. But only Windows 10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. You can check to see if you have the latest updates for Windows 10 in Settings/Windows Update.
What is the difference between upgrade and update?
An update can consist of bug and security fixes and new features in a version of Windows. They tend to roll out throughout the year. An upgrade is when you change versions—for example, moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11, or moving editions from Windows Home to Windows Pro.
How long will the free upgrade offer last?
The free upgrade offer does not have a specific end date for eligible systems. However, Microsoft reserves the right to eventually end support for the free offer. This end date will be no sooner than one year from general availability.
Can I continue to use Windows 10?
Yes. You do not have to upgrade to Windows 11. We will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
Does Windows 11 take up more space on my PC than Windows 10?
No. Windows 11 and Windows 10 require approximately the same amount of disk space. During the upgrade process, however, extra space is required. Windows will clean up this extra disk space about 10 days after the upgrade is complete.
Is Windows 11 a Windows 10 replacement?
Windows 11 is the newest version of Windows. However, we will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025.
If I upgrade to Windows 11, what will happen to my files?
By default, all your files and data will transfer. However, we recommend backing up your files before installation.
Can I go back to Windows 10 after I upgrade if I don’t like Windows 11?
Yes. After you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade, there is a 10-day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. After 10 days, you will need to back up your data and do a “clean install” to move back to Windows 10.
How long does it take to install Windows 11?
Downloading and installing Windows 11 will most likely take longer than a typical Windows 10 feature update. You can use your PC while you’re downloading Windows 11 and then you have the option to schedule the install to happen at a specific time when you aren’t planning on using your PC.
Can I upgrade my Windows 10 PC to Windows 11 if I’m running S mode?
If your PC meets the minimum hardware specifications, the Windows 10 Home edition in S mode can upgrade to the Windows 11 Home edition in S mode. If your Windows 10 PC is running the Pro edition in S mode, you will need to switch out of S mode to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Windows 11 Pro edition is not available in S mode.
Can a really old PC run Windows 11?
You can use the PC Health Check app to determine if your device is eligible to upgrade to Windows 11. Many PCs that are less than four years old will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. They must be running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware requirements.