On 24 June 2021 at the Microsoft Event, Microsoft officially previewed Windows 11.
Despite saying that Windows 10 would be the last version of the operating system, its retirement is set for 2025. Windows 11 will be launching on 5 October 2021, with the upgrade free for all existing Windows 10 users*.
Here are some of the key updates from the reveal:
Centralised Start Button and Task Bar
A key design change is a centralised start button; moving from the left of the screen. The taskbar and Start menu will also be centralised. The Start menu will use Microsoft 365 to show you recent files, no matter what platform or device you accessed them on previously.
Another visual enhancement is the new snap layouts. You can quite literally ‘snap’ multiple, open windows to different layouts. A small widget appears when you hover over the display icon, allowing you to snap the window to any corner in various layouts.
Within Windows 11, you’ll be able to set up and switch between different desktop layouts. This could include one for home and one for business. Different desktops will not only show different apps but different themes can also be applied.
New Integration with Teams
Teams has grown exponentially over the last 18 months. It’s no surprise that Microsoft want Teams to be a core part of the software moving forward. Therefore, Teams will be built-in from the outset, with a new taskbar shortcut known as Chat from Microsoft Teams. It creates an instant way to message, video call and voice call straight from your taskbar.
Android Apps via Amazon App Store
Android Apps typically used on Android operated mobile devices will be able to run on Windows 11.
Overall, we’re looking forward to seeing the changes Windows 11 will bring.
*Devices will need a certain specification for the upgrade. This includes a minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM. To check the full requirements and specifications, click here.