It's now official! Microsoft announces the next version of the Windows operating system, "Windows 11". It will come with major changes in the UI. The leaked build of the OS already revealed many UI changes last week, but Microsoft kept many more surprises under the hood.


As it was expected, Microsoft officially confirmed that Windows 11 will comes as a free upgrade for all Windows 10 users. Microsoft also confirmed that it will be released later this year. For more information, continue reading further.


Microsoft officially announces Windows 11, the next major version of Windows


Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows. It’s the place where many of us wrote our first email, played our first PC game and wrote our first line of code. Windows is the place people go to create, to connect, to learn and to achieve – a platform over a billion people today rely on, written by Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer of Microsoft Windows + Devices.


Windows 11 introduces several new features and improvements that include a redesigned Start Menu and Taskbar, new Themes, and a personalized feed with widgets.


The look and feel of the Start Menu will come with a clean interface, similar to what was expected for Windows 10 X. But if you are fond of those live tiles, it will just disappoint you. The top portion of the Start Menu will feature all your pinned apps, whereas the lower portion will show you recommended files and apps from your Microsoft or local account.


Microsoft introduces a revamped Start Menu in Windows 11


Microsoft moved the power options to the lower right corner of the Start Menu. From there you can now Switch OFF, Restart, or Hibernate your system.


By default, the Start Menu will be centered in the Taskbar, but you can switch back to left-aligned by following the steps mentioned here.



If you always work with multiple windows and applications, Microsoft added the ability to quickly snaps apps side by side. Along with this, Microsoft also introduces Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops to provide an even more powerful way to multitask. These new features have been designed to help you organize your windows and optimize your screen real estate.


You can now snip your applications easily in Windows 11


You can also create separate Desktops for each part of your life and customize them to your liking – imagine having a Desktop for work, gaming, or school.


With Windows 11, Microsoft introduces "Chat from Microsoft Teams", directly integrated into the Windows Taskbar. Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice, or video with all of your personal contacts, no matter the platform or device they’re on.


It will give you the flexibility to connect with friends and family through Teams, allowing you to instantly mute and unmute, or start presenting directly from the taskbar.


Microsoft introduces 'Chat from Microsoft Teams', directly integrated in the Windows Taskbar



Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about. Microsoft announces a new personalized feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge. You can now add widgets to check the news, weather, or notifications. Widgets also open new real estate within Windows to deliver personalized content.


Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about


Windows 11 will come as a free upgrade to all Windows 10 users later this year. Windows Insiders to get the first preview build of Windows 11 sometime next week. If you haven't yet registered for the Windows Insiders program, go and register to get the preview builds.


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