Windows 11 Everything You Need to Know

Windows 11: All New Features, New UI, Android App Support, Release Date, and More

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Microsoft has announced Windows 11, the next generation of Windows at its dedicated event today. Codenamed Sun Valley, we have seen a lot of potential features Microsoft is likely to introduce with the next iteration of Windows over the past few months. Now that you’ve seen all the Windows features at the event, you must be itching to try out Windows 11. Will you have to pay for Windows once again? We will discuss everything, including the Windows 11 name, release date, new features, and much more.

Windows 11: Everything We Know So Far (2021)

Windows 11: New Name?

In a surprising turn of events, it seems like Microsoft would call the upcoming Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2) update “Windows 11”, moving away from its previous stance of making Windows 10 the last version of the operating system. There are multiple hints that point towards Microsoft using this name for its next big update. The first hint comes from none other than Microsoft. As you can see in the event announcement tweet below, the Redmond giant chose not to add horizontal lines for shadows in the logo. The horizontal lines were present in a similar image the company posted to its Instagram in the past.

Another strong hint comes from reputable tipster Evan Blass. Blass took to Twitter to share a tweet hinting that the new update will indeed be called Windows 11. Check out that tweet below. Going by these, it’s safe to assume that Microsoft would call the next update – Windows 11.

And in a solid confirmation, a recently leaked Windows build clearly shows the Windows 11 branding. From this, you can rest assured that Microsoft will announce Windows 11 next week.

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Windows 11: Release Date

We could expect Microsoft to announce the release date of Windows 11 at its event next week. The event is scheduled for June 24 at 11:00 AM ET, which translates to 8:00 AM PT or 8:30 PM IST. Microsoft may release an Insider preview build soon after the event to give early adopters a taste of its next-gen desktop OS. We could expect a stable release sometime in October 2021.

Windows 11: Complete Timeline

In case you are curious about the availability of Windows 11, here’s a complete timeline for the upcoming update:

  • Windows 11 Launch Date – Microsoft has announced the next Windows update, Windows 11, on June 24.
  • Windows 11 Insider Preview Release Date – Microsoft will release Windows 11 for Insiders next week. Insiders in the Dev Channel will be the first to get a taste of the new design overhaul.
  • Windows 11 Stable Update Release Date – Microsoft usually rolls out the second Windows 10 update in October each year. We could expect the company to follow this approach and start rolling out Windows 11 for all users in October.

Windows 11 Price: Will Windows 10 Users Get Free Windows 11 Upgrade?

If Microsoft goes on to release Windows 11, the most important question would be – What happens to the existing Windows 10 users? Well, going by history, we could expect Microsoft to offer free upgrades for current Windows 10 users. Moreover, the folks at XDA Developers have found evidence suggesting that Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free. For the specifics of this transition, we will have to wait for the Windows event later this month.

The Redmond giant adopted the Windows-as-a-service delivery method to reach more users and make it simpler to deploy the latest updates to everyone back in 2015. It offered free upgrades to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. This has enabled Microsoft to have over 1 billion active Windows 10 users around the world.

Windows 11: Top New Features

We recently wrote an article rounding up all the features you could expect from Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2) update, which will arrive as Windows 11. You can check out that detailed article to know all the new expected features in the update. Here, we will be highlighting the top features in Microsoft’s next major Windows update.

Android Apps on Windows

Microsoft Brings Android Apps to Windows 11 via Microsoft Store

Windows 11 will support Android apps through Microsoft Store, thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with Amazon. The feature is powered by Intel Bridge technology and you can directly access Android apps from Start Menu and taskbar. This means you no longer have to rely on Android emulators for Windows to use Android apps on your Windows PC.

Redesigned Settings App

Microsoft is redesigning the Settings app with Windows 11. It should look somewhat much cleaner, like what you see in the image below. The screenshot here originates from an Italian tech blog (taken down now) and was reshared on Windows 10 subreddit. Take a look at it below:

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Image Courtesy: Reddit/u/Pulagatha

As you can see, Microsoft is tweaking the Settings app to include colorful icons for key options. Notably, Microsoft has placed all the main options towards the left of the app, which in turn acts as a sidebar. This way, you can quickly jump between all the various Settings options without having to come back to the primary screen. The Settings redesign is not live in the leaked build, so you will have to wait until June 24 to get a better look at the changes.

UI Revamp with Rounded Corners

As part of Microsoft’s visual rejuvenation of Windows, the company will add rounded corners for UI components across the operating system. Microsoft has even implemented a floating start menu, similar to the now-defunct Windows 10X. Take a look at the new Windows 11 Start Menu below:

As you can see in the images above, the taskbar is centered by default on Windows 11. However, if you prefer having the Start Menu at the left corner, you can do that too. Go to Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar -> Taskbar alignment and choose “Left” if that’s what you are used to.

Also new with Windows 11 update is improved Widgets, Task View, and Windows Search. As of now, Windows 11’s widgets section features the news and interests widget that’s already available on Windows 10. But you now have a dedicated section for widgets, so it will be quite interesting to see if other developers build widgets for Windows in the future.

A minor yet useful change with Windows 11 worth pointing out is the new snap assist functionality. Going forward, Windows will let you choose the exact placement of the window while you are maximizing it. You simply need to hover your cursor over the maximize button to see the new snap assist window. That should greatly help improve the multitasking experience on Windows 11.

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Snap Assist built into the maximize button in Windows 11

New Wallpapers and Startup Sound

Speaking of other improvements, Microsoft has added new wallpapers and a new startup sound (among other sounds) on Windows 11. You can download Windows 11 wallpapers and hear the new startup sound from our linked articles. The startup sound seems to be inspired by the now-canceled Windows 10X build.

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New Action Center

With Windows 10X, Microsoft redesigned the Action Center and improved its design and functionality. For instance, you don’t have to open the Settings page to switch Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices on Windows 10X. Instead, you can expand these menus without leaving the Action Center. That is a huge usability improvement, and now that Microsoft has officially canceled Windows 10X, we could expect a similar implementation on Windows 11. Meanwhile, go through our articles on the best Windows 10X features and check out our guide to run Windows 10X on your PC to explore the OS.

Windows 11: All New Features, New UI, Android App Support, Release Date, and More
New Action Center on Windows 10X

Coming to notifications, they will now stack in a separate section above the quick settings panel. Moreover, there will be a “Clear All” button to dismiss all pending notifications. Microsoft may even add a dashboard in the Task View to keep track of your Microsoft account and upcoming events. The new action center was not available in the leaked #21996 build.

Redesigned Microsoft Store

Microsoft refreshed the Xbox store in August last year and is preparing a refresh to the Microsoft Store. If a recent report from Windows Central is anything to go by, the new Microsoft Store will flaunt a modern interface and be more open to users and developers.

According to the report, the new Store will let developers submit unpacked Win32 apps, host apps & updates on their own content delivery network (CDN), and make it possible for developers to use third-party commerce platforms in apps. These are all exciting changes from a developer’s perspective and should hopefully make Microsoft Store the one-stop destination for all apps.

Windows 11: The Future of Windows

So, that’s all we know about Windows 11 ahead of the release. The announcement is merely a week away and we will learn all the new features at the upcoming event. At the moment, all the hints point towards a major revamp for Microsoft’s desktop OS and Windows 11 rebranding. We will have to wait and see if all the hype and anticipation results in increased adoption for Microsoft’s next major version of Windows or not. What are your expectations from Windows 11? Let us know in the comments below.

30 Comments

  1. Hi Team,
    I system is configured with “Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-9100F CPU @ 3.60GHz” 8GB RAM, 67GB of free space in C Drive and equipped with GTX1650 OC, when i check with Microsoft’s PC health check to check whether my system supports WIN 11? its popping an error ” This PC can’t run Windows 11, while the PC doesn’t meet the requirements to run Windows 11″. may i know why it is popping an error.? a reply would be appreciated. thanks in advance.

  2. I’ve an 32 bit laptop with Intel core2duo processor will I be able to upgrade it from windows 7 to windows 11? Kindly give a helpful suggestions. Thanks in Advance!! 🙂

    1. Well you can’t you need a 64bit processor but it might be possible they release something for 32bit

  3. I’ve an core2duo laptop can i run windows11 on that. Kindly give me helpful suggestions. Thanks in advance:)

    1. I agree …..but it’s getting very hard to get videos to play on either Chrome or Firefox (from websites). Now my Chase bank/CC site will only work on a secondary Windows 7 OS so every month I have to fire that thing up to pay bills. They could’ve just modified XP to accommodate new platforms but no……some “creative” team designs something with stone-age ergonomics.

  4. ???? not downloading this crap! for one thing its from an unknown source NOT MICROCRAP! everyone has to see what the so called NEW os is like take in to consideration, that you get viruses and everything else sorry not gonna take a chance on crashing PC becouse of some FAKE RANSOMWARE notice???? you who ever downloads this BUGGY OS need to get your heads out of your asses.??? no thanks! ill stay with windows 10 until microcrap gets all the bugs worked out.

    1. You don’t need that, just mount the ISO and run the setup file. It’ll automatically upgrade your windows 10 to 11 without any data loss.

  5. I wonder if the rule of one good OS & then one bad OS will apply to this one. Windows 10 was good!! Yikes!

  6. well, i’d like to see a feature to schedule dark theme in windows.. and also remove all the dark theme inconsistencies from the OS…

  7. Expecting windows 11 to be lighter, faster, smoother, bug and lag free, as compared to windows 10.
    And of course, all the Ui/UX changes are welcome, I’d love to experience the fluid stuff.

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