Microsoft has officially confirmed the name of the next version of Windows today, which is Windows 11.
After months of suspense and hints about the number 11 and the leak of Windows 11, the new operating system from Microsoft has become official.
The major focus of Windows 11 is on a simplified Windows user interface, the new Microsoft Store, and improvements in performance and multitasking.
Windows 11 includes a new Start menu and an updated Start button, both centered on the taskbar.
This user interface is very similar to what we first saw in Windows 10X, a project originally planned for dual-screen devices that Microsoft canceled.
Much of the user interface work that was introduced in Windows 10X appears in Windows 11.
The new Start menu abandons the Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8 and moves toward the typical launcher you’d find on Chrome OS or Android.
There are modern apps and documents and a separate search interface, and much of the central look is clearly influenced by macOS and Chrome OS.
Windows 11 also includes the rounded corners we’ve seen in both Android and iOS.
“The team has thought through every detail, and Windows 11 also includes updated dark and light modes, which look much better than what we’ve seen in the current Windows,” says Panos Panay, president of Windows.
There’s also something Microsoft calls Quick Layouts, which let you quickly view apps in the different modes Windows 11 supports.
This new version of the operating system also remembers where your apps are stored, thanks to so-called Snap Group layouts.
It seems to be a useful way to support multiple screens, and to make sure that apps always open on the correct screen.
This is especially useful if you are using a laptop with a monitor, or a traditional computer with multiple monitors.
Performance is also a big focus for the operating system, and Windows updates are 40 percent smaller and more efficient because they now happen in the background.
Microsoft is also integrating Microsoft Teams directly into Windows 11 for both consumer and business users.
Microsoft Teams is integrated directly into the taskbar, allowing users of the operating system to connect with friends, family or co-workers.
This is clearly a major shift away from Skype, which was bundled as part of Windows 10.
Windows widgets and touch gestures are also a big part of Windows 11.
The widgets are a customized feed, powered by artificial intelligence, and based on the widgets Microsoft introduced in Windows 10.
The company is also working on improving the gestures you can use across tablets, and instead of switching to tablet mode, Windows 11 is adapting to allow you to touch the operating system with ease.