Windows 11 was released today, marking the company’s largest software update in more than five years.
Microsoft PCs will receive an update that will offer them a whole new look and improved multitasking capabilities, as well as improved ways to communicate with friends.
Additionally, there are a few performance enhancements to aid with gaming.
According to the tech giant, under-the-hood enhancements will make Windows 11 faster and more secure overall.
Additionally, window updates will be 40% smaller.
When will Windows 11 be released in the United Kingdom?
Windows 11 will be available in the UK today (October 5), although customers may face a longer wait to download.
While new PCs in retailers will come pre-loaded with Windows 11, older Windows 10 customers may have to wait a little longer.
Microsoft has stated that the distribution of Windows 11 to existing Windows 10 users will be staggered over several months, which means that not all users will have access on release day.
Changes to the design
Windows 11 will have significant design changes, including the start menu being relocated to the center of the screen.
The start menu, along with other things on the task bar, will open your most frequently used programs.
The new style is reminiscent of the appearance on a smartphone, utilizing “tiles.”
When Windows 8 was released, many customers expressed disappointment that the start menu had been completely deleted, and Windows chief product officer Panos Panay stated that the design team had learned from prior mistakes.
“Of course, you learn from that, and then you adapt,” he explained.
The new design opts for a more straightforward system with additional options for organizing your files.
The much-loved ‘widgets’ will make a comeback in Windows Vista.
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Microsoft’s new Surface gadgets, which include the first Laptop Studio and the second-generation Duo 2 folding phone, demonstrate the company’s “innovation leadership,” according to analysts.
“With each new release of Windows, the door is opened to the next generation of hardware innovation,” Microsoft’s vice president for devices, Pete Kyriacou, said at the unveiling last week.
“And for the last decade, Surface has been at the cutting edge — defying convention, pioneering new experiences, and pioneering totally new device categories.
“Today, on the eve of Windows 11, we’re announcing the most significant update to the Surface portfolio in the company’s history.
“With PixelSense displays, new pen technologies, quality microphones and cameras, powerful hardware, and a variety of form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to push the boundaries of Windows innovation.”
Geoff Blaber, CEO of CCS Insight, an industry expert and analyst, felt that the company’s new product lineup represented a big step forward.
“Surface exemplifies Microsoft’s innovative leadership. Microsoft pioneered detachable keyboards, displays, ingenious hinges, and all-in-one designs, establishing new segments that others have followed,” he noted.
Microsoft’s hardware expenditures have been critical in reviving the PC, which has benefited the entire industry.”
He continued, “The Surface lineup has grown dramatically since the launch of the first device in 2012, when widespread skepticism about Microsoft’s return to hardware manufacturing prevailed. It has been vindicated nearly a decade later.
“Microsoft now has a popular line of products that leverage a variety of chipset partners and device form factors to offer a diverse range of options and pricing points. This, combined with the company’s tight connection with Microsoft software and services, distinguishes it from an Apple that has been revitalized by the success and flexibility of its M1 CPU.
“Microsoft’s strength is increasingly in the combination of its Surface hardware and software and services. The more elements it can integrate into hardware that spans a variety of segments and user requirements, the more competitive it becomes.”