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Fresh design, “Start” in the center, DirectX 12, and other innovations: Windows 11

Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows 11 – the next generation of its operating system. After several weeks of all sorts of hints and teasers, the unexpected name was confirmed. As expected, the main innovations in Windows 11 are a simplified interface with a redesigned Start menu, rounded elements, an improved Microsoft Store, and improved overall performance.

Windows 11 fundamentally changes the way people use the Start menu. It now sits in the center of the taskbar, along with the updated square Windows launcher. The interface strongly resembles Windows 10X – a canceled project originally planned for use on convertible computers with two screens. Most of the visual solutions of Windows 10X are used in Windows 11.

Main Windows 11 innovations:

  • reimagined design – windows with smooth corners, new icons, Start menu without tiles and nice smooth animations;
  • the taskbar is now in the middle by default;
  • a separate widget menu with personalized information about the weather, stock quotes, and news in the media;
  • Snap Layouts feature that allows you to quickly and automatically distribute active windows to areas of the screen;
  • Snap Group function, combining applications into groups and remembering the location of windows when using multiple screens with connected external monitors;
  • An integrated Microsoft Teams collaboration service that combines chat, video calls, and notes;
  • Adapted gestures for easy control on touchscreen devices instead of tablet mode;
  • completely new sound effects;
  • support for DirectX 12 Ultimate technology;
  • minimum requirements include a 64-bit processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a DirectX 12 capable graphics card.
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Updates in Windows 11 will run in the background, invisible to the user. Installing a new OS will require 40% less storage space. The stable release will take place in October 2021. For Windows 10 users, the update will remain free, like all previous major updates.

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