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Microsoft outs Windows 11 with a FREE upgrade, support to Android apps

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Microsoft has just launched Windows 11, the company's first major operating system 5 years after the release of Windows 10.
Microsoft outs Windows 11 with a FREE upgrade, support to Android apps
Windows 11 is official!

Windows 11 is loaded with new features and upgrades!


Windows 11 now has a simplified user interface, improvements in multitasking as well as performance, and many more like support for Android apps for the first time.

Windows chief Panos Panay says "the team has obsessed over every detail" in designing the new OS.

The first thing you will notice with Windows 11 is the redesigned taskbar and Start menu. It is now in the center ala macOS. The clock and other miscellaneous items are still on the right. But, the left looks empty.

It also has rounded corners similar to Android and iOS. The company also included updated dark and light modes.
Dark mode and center taskbar
Dark mode and center taskbar

Microsoft also added the Snap Layouts to allow users to quickly snap apps into various modes that Windows 11 support. There is new "Snap Groups" feature that will remember where your apps are stored as well. This function could be useful when you have a laptop connected to multiple screens ensuring the apps you are using are on the correct screen.

Microsoft also integrated its self-developed Microsoft Teams app into the taskbar and the OS itself. There are widgets too that are live in their own separate screen. It can be pulled in any time from the left edge of the screen as well.

The Widgets is powered by AI. It includes the news feed, weather, and maps. You can even tip local creators directly within Windows 11.

The company also improved touch gestures and support for touchscreen devices like tablets. The OS will automatically change its layout when it detects tablet mode even on PCs with detachable touch screen displays.

Microsoft also improved Voice and text typing as there's a new one-handed keyboard. Haptic feedback is also available with select stylus pen models as well.

When it comes to gaming, the company has made its Auto HDR feature from Xbox into the OS which will allow HDR to work even if the game doesn't feature HDR. Direct Storage that takes advantage of NVMe SSD storage which speeds up game load times is now available as well. Lastly, Game Pass subscription for games will also be integrated within the OS via the new Xbox apps.
The new Microsoft Store
The new Microsoft Store

The Store app for Windows 11 has been overhauled as well. It has a new UI designed to work and load faster. The biggest story here is it now supports Android apps through a partnership with Amazon and Intel. This makes existing Android apps be available through the Microsoft Store and will run on Windows 11.

Microsoft hasn't shared the exact date of release for Windows 11 though. But, the company promised that it will start this holiday season and will continue into 2022. Windows 11 will be a FREE upgrade to anyone using Windows 10.


Sources: Microsoft 1, 2
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