Current date:October 17, 2021

Windows 11 – New Design, Features and Question Marks

Stunning and modern windows 11 presentation for your new creative ideas with surprising features.

The good news for Mocrosoft’s desktop operating system lovers. The Windows 11 are going through it’s beta review and the release date will be somethere in the holiday time of 2021 (October likely). Over the next few months, Windows Insiders will get to try out all the new features and watch as the platform ready to go. There’s everything you need to know about it together with Tom’s Guide we bringing the bunch unpacked.

We are getting more and more information about release of Windows 11, so we would like to represent only the main touchs of it in this news article.

Before we going the the new features, some of them dissapointed. Many feel the UI is a flat-out copy of macOS, and other enthusiasts are unhappy with design touches such as the start menu being moved to the centre of the screen.

And now, users have spotted another surprise – the blue sceen of death gets a black screen. At 30 years old, the BSOD has reached an almost affectionate level of infamy, to the point that its shock departure from Windows 11 has users feeling a little, well, blue. Because what use is one of the best laptops for graphic design if it doesn’t feature a blue screen telling you you’ve just lost all your work? – said creativebloq.com

Windows 11’s new Black Screen of Death

Free Upgrade

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for anyone who has a recent prior version of Windows and the right hardware. The company lists certain minimum requirements and it’s unclear whether the new OS will install if your computer doesn’t meet all of them.

Windows 11 Requirements

According to Microsoft’s blog, the minimum system requirements are:

  • CPU: 1-GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a 64-bit processor.
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot
  • TPM 2.0
  • 9-inch or larger screen with 720p resolution
  • Internet connectivity and an MS account. No offline installs.
  • GPU compatible with DirectX 12

Most of these are no-brainers like having a power button that actually turns the computer on when pressed. But interestingly, all new non-desktops will be required to have front-facing cameras of at least 720p resolution starting in 2023. Also, all Windows 11 PCs that use touchpads must have Windows Precision Touchpads and all non-desktops are required to have Bluetooth LE connectivity. All computers, even desktops, require some kind of network connectivity, though Wi-Fi is not required.

Windows 11 screenshot by theverge.com

New Core Features

Windows 11 unleash various interface tweaks including a new start menu that looks more like an app launcher, more rounded corners, snap controls that let you pin a window to a spot in your screen (and snap groups), a new Widgets area and icon in the taskbar and a new Windows setup experience.

1. New design and start menu

Windows 11 has a modern new and user-friendly design and there’s you will find a new start button that’s placed at the center, and pressing it can show you your recent files, docs and apps.

2. Snap layouts, snap groups and docking

Windows 11 now features Snap Layouts. You can pick the Snap Layout that you want to choose so you can run multiple apps at the same time. For example, you could have two apps side by side or three in columns or four in a grid, and there’s six choices in total.

If you sometimes feel a little lost after having to respond to a notification, Windows 11 includes a new Snap Groups feature in the taskbar. So you can get right back to what you were doing before you had to answer that message.

The same thing applies to the new docking experience. If you unplug a monitor to move rooms, the windows that were on your monitor will minimize. When you go come back and then re-connect to a dock, all of your Windows will re-appear the way they were before.

3. Widgets

Windows 11 offers a whole new selection of Widgets, which is powered by Microsoft Edge and AI. These widgets can help you check your calendar at a glance, the weather, news, your to-do list, photos and more.

4. Better touch, pen and voice support

Windows 11 contains a number of tweaks to input, particularly when it comes to touch. For example, there’s more space between icons in the touchbar, making it easier to tap the right thing. To that end, Microsoft is also adding bigger touch targets while inserting visual cues aimed at helping you more easily resize and move windows.

The onscreen keyboard is both redesigned and customizable. If you happen to use a pen or stylus to interact with your Windows 11 machine, you can expect improve haptics that sound and feel like you’re using an actual pen.

Windows 11 also features enhanced voice recognition for text input with Microsoft promising more accurate voice-to-text transcription and automatic punctuation. Voice commands are supported as well, such as “delete that” when you’re in a document.

5. Personalized desktops

Windows 11 let’s you to personalize the desktop with different wallpapers. So you can have a desktop for work, home, school or gaming, each with their own apps and look and feel.

6. New Windows store and android apps

With Windows 11, Microsoft is redesigning the Microsoft Store, making it faster and easier to find the apps you’re looking for. That’s all well and good, but the announcement that will probably garner the most attention is that Android apps will be directly available for Windows 11.

Later this year, Microsoft says that you’ll be able to find Android apps in Microsoft’s Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore.

7. Improves gaming experience

Specifically, Auto HDR is coming to Windows 11, bringing improved contrast and color output without requiring app makers to reconfigure their games. During the Windows 11 launch event, Microsoft showed off a split screen of Skyrim – one half of the game appeared in SDR and the other in the new Auto HDR. The Auto HDR image was much brighter and featured greater detail.

Windows 11 also adds a DirectStorage API. If you’ve already used an Xbox Series X or Series S – both of which feature direct storage – you’ll notice how fast load times improve.

Finally, Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service, will still be built right into Windows 11 via the Xbox app.

8. Teams integration

Microsoft is attempting to make Teams much more mainstream by integrating it directly into Windows 11. Chat from Microsoft Teams lets you connect through video calls but also text or voice. And it will work across Windows, Android and iOS (while FaceTime won’t have an app but only work via web links). You can also start presenting directly from the taskbar.

Missing Features in Windows 11

Interestingly there are a bunch of features missing from Windows 11 include Live Tiles – replaced by the Widgets sidebar – Tablet Mode, Timeline and Cortana being front and centre. There are also a bunch of other apps no longer present and these include the old Internet Explorer.

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