Windows 11 officially launches

Windows 11 officially launches

Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s computer operating system, is launching globally on Tuesday October 5 2021, as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11.

Across the operating system, the the new Windows 11 design favours rounded corners, and has simplified most menus and folder views. And there are new, improved options for arranging windows and “snapping” them into grids.

Widgets, a major selling point of 2007’s Windows Vista, also make a comeback – but instead of “floating” on the screen where the user puts them, they live in a sidebar on the left, and are also linked to Microsoft services. Some changes go deeper than the interface and design.

System integrations for Microsoft Teams – replacing Skype – and the Xbox app both feature heavily in Microsoft’s advertising.

The Microsoft Store – the Windows version of an app store – has been completely redesigned and will allow third-party apps to sell inside it, without taking a substantial cut.

And one new feature which raised eyebrows in the technology world was that Windows 11 would run Android smartphone apps through the Amazon app store. Early adopters have reported that the in-built search function of the new version is significantly faster on most devices – but also that it favours Microsoft’s own services, Bing and the Edge browser, when delivering web results.

Here are a few of the top features Windows 11 has to offer:

  • New Features that Bring you Closer to What you Love:
    • Chat from Microsoft Teams is a new experience that helps bring you closer to the people you care about.
    • Microsoft Store on Windows has been redesigned from the ground up to be easier to build for, and make it more seamless for customers to find and browse apps, games and entertainment all in one place. 
    • Snap Layouts and Groups offer a more powerful way to multitask and optimise your screen real estate in a way that is visually clean.
    • Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows, built with and for people with disabilities.
  • Built for Gaming – Windows 11 was made for gaming, with innovative new features that can take your PC gaming experience to the next level like AutoHDR and DirectStorage. It also includes the Xbox app built right in, where you can browse, download and play over 100 high-quality PC games from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC library.  
  • The Operating System for Hybrid Work and LearningBeginning today, organisations can also start moving to Windows 11 on powerful PCs and through the cloud with Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.
  • Chipto-cloud Protection – Windows 11 was designed with security in mind to meet the challenges we will face in this new work environment and beyond.
  • New Tools and Resources for Developers – Windows 11 is for all developers – whether they are building apps for a PC, web, phone, game console or anything in between – and provides the most seamless development experience. A more open store, deep development integrations and new design are just the start.
  • Available on the Widest Array of Choice in Devices – Microsoft is proud to offer Windows 11 on the widest array of choice in devices, form factors, and silicon from its valued partners at Acer, AMD, ASUS, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Surface. 
    • Additionally, as a reminder, most new Surface devices and accessories – including Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, and Surface Go 3 – will be generally available starting tomorrow, October 5 from Microsoft Store on microsoft.com and other major retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.