The ‘next generation’ Windows 11 was officially released on Thursday. The latest Windows version comes with a massive redesign over its predecessor, starting from an all-new boot screen and startup sound to a centrally-placed “Start” menu and upgraded widgets. 

Windows 11 also removes elements like the “Hi Cortana” welcome screen and Live Tiles. The Redmond, Washington-based company is essentially planning to counter the likes of macOS and Chrome OS with its latest operating system.

Major features of Windows 11:

  • Just like Windows 10, Windows 11 brings a new interface to the users with a fresh set-up screen and a fresh core windows screen. 
  • Rounded Corner on “menu” and “windows” that look similar to recent iPadOS. 
  • The “Start” menu comes up with a different experience.  Since the 1996 version of Windows NT 4.0, the “Start” menu was never been on the left side. But this time, it can be seen located in the centre. 
  • New Transition of the “Start” menu makes Windows 11 more user-friendly to those who use macOS or Chrome OS. Now, the position of the “start” menu can be changed by going on “Settings”.
  • The updated “Start” menu also doesn’t include any Live Tiles that were a part of the menu in Windows 10. But to personalise the experience, you will see some recommended apps at the bottom. There is also a dedicated search button next to the Start menu to let users search across apps and preloaded functions on the latest Windows platform.
  • Windows 11 also comes with new sounds and alerts, including the fresh startup sound. There are subtle changes in terms of gestures as well. Additionally, you’ll get new themes, some new wallpapers, and an improved dark mode. Windows 11 also includes an updated widgets experience. Widgets can bring on the front by swiping from the left of the screen or can be placed full screen. You’re provided with the options to rearrange widgets or resize them — as per your preference. You can also add or remove your widgets that can help you receive the latest news or weather updates.
  • For an enhanced multitasking experience, the “maximize” button now lets the user split the active screens between multiple areas of the desktop. Microsoft calls this new experience ‘Snap Layouts’, which will also let the user simultaneously open multiple different screens on the computer just by hovering the mouse over the maximize button. 

Once accessed, Windows 11 also remembers your selected Snap Layout for multiple windows and keep them ready along with the apps you were working on there for future access directly from the taskbar. Groups created by Snap Layouts that can be used for future access are called Snap Groups.

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