Microsoft announced the next iteration of the computer operating system – Windows 11 – at What’s Next for Windows. It includes a slew of visual changes, such as a center-aligned start menu, a center-aligned taskbar, an icon grid, widgets, and more, as with any software update. Microsoft is also bringing Android app support to Windows 11 via the Amazon app store. Let’s take a closer look at Windows 11 features and the minimum requirements for running it on a computer in this post.
Windows 11 features:
- New animations are available
- More rounded edges on the interface
- Multitasking screen segments
- Touchscreen capabilities
- Multi-desktop management that is easier to manage
- New action and notification center
- Widgets similar to those found on Android and iOS
- Icons of the future
- Dark Mode has been added
- New boot and warning sounds
- A new taskbar, start menu, and search screen have been added
- System requirements for Windows 11
- The date of release
On smartphones, we’re used to smoother transitions. With Windows 11, Microsoft abandoned sharp animations in favor of animations that rival the MacOS experience.
More rounded-edged interface:
The most noticeable visual difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11 is the removal of the sharp edge and frame views.
Multitasking screen segments:
It’s difficult to work in multiple windows at once if you don’t have multiple screens. In Windows 11, multitasking management, which is also included in Windows 10, has been made easier to use and switch.
Touch screen features include:
With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced tablet mode, a special interface for touch screens. Windows 11 can, however, be used on touch screens without changing the interface. On touch screens, we can also get to the keyboards we need faster.
Multi-desktop management that is easier to manage:
The multi-desktop feature, which has been present in macOS for many years, has been gradually improved in recent Windows 10 versions. However, with Windows 11, the multi-desktop feature becomes more useful in the home. You can open different desktops on different monitors and switch quickly with your fingers, which is especially useful if you like to use the mouse with the trackpad.
A new notification and action center has been added:
Windows 11 Widgets similar to those found on Android and iOS:
Widgets, which were unplugged with Windows 7, are making a comeback with Windows 11 in a way that we’re used to seeing on smartphones. Widgets can be accessed from the old location of the start menu with fully customizable tools.
Icons of the next generation:
The new icons in Windows 10 are more flat and simple, in keeping with the “flat design” trend introduced in Windows 11. We can see that the icons have different colors depending on the type of content. It will be interesting to see how quickly our eyes, accustomed to Windows 10, adapt to the new icons.
New dark mode:
The dark mode option included with Windows 10 has been updated in Windows 11 to support more black tones. The main reason for this is the increased popularity of OLED and AMOLED screens, which are more compatible with black and dark colors than LCD screens. As a result, just like Android and iOS, Windows 11’s dark mode will consume less energy on devices with suitable screens.
New boot and alert sounds:
In keeping with the new generation design, Windows 11 has softer sounds. Still, we’re not looking for the startling error sound that our ears are accustomed to hearing from Windows XP. Even if we encounter an error in Windows 11, some sounds will make us happy.
A new taskbar, start menu, and search screen have been added:
We have arrived at the most radical shift… The Start menu, which was previously located in the lower-left corner of all versions of Windows before Windows 11, and where we could move the mouse cursor if we were blindfolded, has now been relocated to the center of the taskbar. When we open the menu, we are greeted by a screen that is divided into two, rather than side by side. From the top, we can quickly access the applications we chose, and from the bottom, we can quickly access the important files and folders on our computer. With this change, it appears that the desktop shortcuts will be less useful than before.
Just like in macOS, we can add shortcuts to our favorite applications next to the start bar. Also, Microsoft will have anticipated that this change would elicit a response, allowing us to relocate the start menu to the lower-left lower-left corner.
The increase in the number of computers with touch screens is the reason why the center is preferred over the left-to-right arrangement in the new taskbar. Furthermore, the new search screen is very similar to the Spotlight feature in macOS, although it is integrated into the taskbar.
System requirements for Windows 11:
- 1 GHz dual-core 64-bit processor
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage capacity of 64GB
- 9-inch display
- Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
- Graphics cards that support DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x
When will Windows 11 be available?
Windows 11 is set to be released in the fall of next year. Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. In other words, Windows 10 users will be able to use the operating system until 2025, when official support will be phased out. Beta versions will also be available beginning next week.