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Microsoft announces Windows 11, the new OS will be available by the end of the year

Microsoft announces Windows 11, the new OS will be available by the end of the year

After weeks of hype and rumors, Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop PC operating system. Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the public before the end of the year, so we can probably expect it towards the end of November. Before that, we will likely see a series of public betas, starting next week. We remind you that the OS will be published in the form of a free update for all Windows 10 users.

The general idea behind the new Windows 11 design is to make the user feel “an incredible sense of calm”, but at the same time, the Windows team has also worked to make it much faster. Windows updates, for example, should be 40% faster, but starting the car and navigating should also feel much smoother.

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A surprise feature is undoubtedly the ability to run Android apps on Windows. These apps will look like native apps that can be integrated into the taskbar. The apps will be featured in the new Microsoft Store. In addition to the new UI, which makes copious use of translucency and shadows and new features for touch screen users, one of the main new UI features is what Microsoft calls Snap Layoutswhich brings up a small widget when you hover the mouse over the icon that maximizes its window to allow you to move the window to any angle.

Another important news is that Windows 11 will ship with Teams integrated from the beginning. It’s no secret that Microsoft is optimistic when it comes to Teams. It recently launched the consumer version of Teams, so it makes sense to bring it to Windows 11 now as well. It’s worth noting that Microsoft never ported Skype to Windows, so that’s a nice change.

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Widgets, video games and the new Microsoft Store

Also widgets are one of the new features more visible. Widgets aren’t new, of course, but they make up for the removal of Live Tiles in the Start menu. They will also give developers a new canvas to bring information out of their applications. As for the video game side, Microsoft promises better graphics thanks to Auto HDR, a feature already available on Xbox. Thousands of games, Microsoft says, will be automatically enhanced with Auto HDR on Windows 11. Plus, Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription will also be integrated into the new OS.

As expected, there will also be a new Microsoft Store, which wants to help developers bring more apps to the store. One area where Microsoft is obviously trying to differentiate itself from Apple is that it will allow developers to use their own trading engine in their apps. In fact, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said he wants developers to have the opportunity to build their own platforms on Windows 11.

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“Windows is the stage for the creation of the world,” he said. “With this new version of Windows, we are unleashing the innovation and ingenuity inherent in each of us. Today the world needs a more open platform, which allows apps to become platforms in their own right. Windows is the platform where things that are bigger than Windows, like the web, can be born. This is our aspiration with Windows 11 ”.

Ph. Credit: Windows Experience Blog