What can we expect to see?
Windows 11 was finally made official by Microsoft at their big event on June 24th and was described as “a major milestone in the history of Windows” by Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella.
So what can we expect to see with Windows 11?
- A New Look. One of the most noticeable differences right off the bat is the change in design of the task bar at the bottom of the screen. The start button and other taskbar icons are now positioned in the centre of the screen rather than the left side seen in Windows 10 and other previous versions of Windows before that. The start menu is now also "Cloud Powered" and therefore dynamically changes depending on the time of day, and the content you're working with.
Light and dark mode have also been introduced as well as many new colourful wallpapers to choose from.
Widgets are also accessible via the dock and there are plenty to choose such as the weather, Bing maps, news, and more. These will be available for third-parties as well the same as they are on Apple's iOS.
- Optimisation. The task bar has now been optimised for touch as well as mouse, it has also been renamed to 'the dock'.
- Updates & Security. Microsoft has promised that with Windows 11, updates will be 40% smaller and has said that Windows 11 is "the most secure release yet".
- Multitasking. Windows 11 also sees the introduction of 'Snap Layouts' which allows you to arrange multiple windows across the screen, not just side by side, but in columns, sections and more.
- Gaming. One of the main focuses in Windows 11 is Gaming. With the flawed Windows 10 Xbox App replaced with a new Game Pass App that allows you buy, manage and remove games making it easier for you download and play your favourite games.
HDR will also be supported if compatible with your machine, this offers improved lighting and contrast for gaming and viewing media.
Direct storage has also been introduced allowing the main game assets to be downloaded and installed, allowing you to play your games even faster than before.
Windows 11 Start Menu
So to answer your questions...
When is Windows 11 Available? It looks as though Microsoft is hinting at a release for Windows 11 in October, however, this may be the date that new laptops and PCs are sold with Windows 11 already installed. For people already running Windows 10 and looking to upgrade may need to wait until 2022.
"Windows 11 is due out later in 2021 and will be delivered over several months. The rollout of the upgrade to Windows 10 devices already in use today will begin in 2022 through the first half of that year." - @Windows via Twitter
How much will it cost? Nothing. Customers with Windows 10 can upgrade to Windows 11 for no extra cost!
How do I install with Windows 11? Currently, only people enrolled in Microsoft's Insider Program, however this is just a test build of the operating system and therefore you could experience some bugs and issues when using it.
Check out the full reveal video below!
"Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love.
Family, friends, obsessions, music, creations — Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.
Coming soon." - Microsoft