The next generation of Windows, which Microsoft specialists called “Windows Sun Valley”, is now official. On June 24, 2021, Microsoft revealed that its next major operating system will have the name we’ve all been waiting for: Windows 11.
During the event, Microsoft executives revealed what new Windows 11 will bring to customers – a particularly important target for Microsoft under the leadership of Panos Panay (Microsoft Product Manager), as consumers lose interest in Windows, the operating system having been put on hold for the past five years.
The Insider version of Windows 11 will be released soon, and it will be precisely “client-centric” with a brand new Start menu and cool new features. It will likely be missing some business-oriented features, but with Windows 11 slated for launch in the fall of this year, Microsoft still has plenty of time to add additional features to the operating system.
The Start menu gets a makeover
The Start menu is obviously getting a facelift, and it gets a whole new look that resembles Windows 10X, Microsoft’s canceled operating system for dual-screen PCs.
The Start menu will be centered, which means you will no longer find the Start menu in the lower left corner by default. However, users can roll back the alignment to the left from the Settings app, which is also getting a facelift.
The “live tiles” are gone as expected and the Start menu uses a simplified grid layout with icons displayed without their automatic updates feature. The upper part of the Start menu shows the “pinned” applications, while the lower part is used to replace the Windows “timeline” (activity history), which was removed from Windows 11.
The Start menu can now display recommended files and apps from your Microsoft or local account. Power options are now located in the lower right corner and are accompanied by classic options such as shutdown, suspend or restart the system.
The design of the Start menu could be further refined if you apply the accent color and use Microsoft’s new smooth wallpapers. It is possible that new features will be added to the Start menu before Windows 11 hits the consumer channel, and more information will be shared by the Windows Insider team in the coming months.
Of course, if you don’t like the new Start menu, you can always restore the classic version of the tiles, which has also been updated with rounded corners.
A brand new Settings app
Windows’ Settings app, which was supposed to replace Control Panel, is getting a major update with the release of Microsoft’s new operating system this fall.
The Settings app now features a revamped layout and more colorful icons, and it has a new navigation menu on the left side, similar to the Control Panel. The navigation menu will help you access updates and security, personalization, bluetooth, and other settings pages.
Here is a list of all the other important improvements:
- Redesigned action center, taskbar and other interfaces.
- Generalized rounded corners.
- New controls and touch gestures. Updated file explorer.
- New Windows Store
- Support for Android applications.
You can read the article on Windows 11 Changes to learn more about Microsoft’s new operating system.