On June 24, Microsoft officially announced Windows 11, the next major version of Windows which will be offered as a free upgrade to all eligible Windows 10 users. Though Windows 11 will be generally available at the end of this calendar year, Microsoft says that it will start rolling to existing Windows 10 users in 2022.


As it was already known that the first preview build of Windows 11 will soon hit the Windows Insiders starting week 28th of June 2021, Microsoft finally releases it. The first version of the official preview build of Windows 11 is now available.


Windows 11 first preview build is now available


The first preview build of Windows 11 is now rolling out to the Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Being the first build, it adds a long list of new features and improvements. It now comes with a beautiful Start Screen centered at the Taskbar of the screen.


Start puts everything you need on your PC at the center with a set of pinned apps and a cloud-powered “Recommended” section that shows your recently opened files from both your PC and across your devices like your smartphone with OneDrive.


The taskbar is also centered with beautiful new animations. Try pinning, launching, switching, minimizing, and rearranging your apps on Taskbar to see the beautiful new animations.


Windows 11 UI


The lower right corner of the Taskbar has a button for Notification Center (WIN + N) and Quick Settings (WIN + A). Directly above your Quick Settings, you will see media playback controls when playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.



The File Explorer now comes with a modern clean look and a brand-new command bar. It also introduced beautifully designed context menus when right-clicking in File Explorer or on your desktop.


Windows 11 File Explorer


In addition to brand new default themes for Windows 11 for both dark and light mode, it also includes four additional themes so you can make Windows feel the way you want it to.


The sounds in Windows 11 have been designed to be lighter and more atmospheric. They are also slightly different depending on whether your Windows theme is in dark mode or light mode. The startup sound for Windows also makes its return in which you’ll hear when your PC boots up to the Lock screen and is ready to go for you to log in.



Widgets bring you closer to the information you both want and need. Just click on the widget's icon on the Taskbar, swipe from the left using touch, or hit WIN + W on your keyboard, and your widgets slide out from the leftover your desktop.


Windows 11 Widgets


With today’s build, you will be able to try out an early preview of the new Microsoft Store.



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