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Following various leaks all over the internet, it appears that Microsoft’s next version of Windows is a very real thing, and not without some curiosities thrown into the mix.
While Microsoft has since junked its development of Windows 10X (a system meant to be a follow-up to Windows 10 meant for dual-screen devices), the new leaks are very much clear that the next iteration of the world’s popular desktop operating system (OS) will be simply named Windows 11.
The new operating system would have been unveiled properly at Microsoft’s upcoming launch event on June 24, 2021, but it seems that many a tech enthusiast has somehow managed to grab a copy of Windows 11 much sooner than anticipated.
Still Windows underneath it all.
Early fiddling with the new OS has shown that Windows 11 functions very similarly to the current Windows 10, save for a few tweaks to the user interface and some peculiar design choices that make the whole aesthetic reminiscent of something created by Apple (or at least like the discarded Windows 10X).
For example, there are now more rounded corners, and the default layout of the desktop has the Start button and taskbar icons located in the middle – hence some similarities to MacOS.
The default layout of Windows 11 sees the Start button and taskbar shortcuts shifted to the middle. IMAGE: Thurrott
Thankfully, if you’re not a fan of the new layout, some curious tinkerers have found that you can still revert to a more familiar format with the Start button and shortcuts moved back to to the left.
Additionally, there are also other more functional inclusions such as the ability to snap a window to a specific part of the screen, which may prove to be pretty useful for multitaskers (which is most of us these days).
Windows 11’s has a nifty new snap feature. IMAGE: The Verge
And apparently Windows 11 is set to see the return of widgets, which were present in some older incarnations. Like how MacOS currently has slide-out widgets, Windows 11 will also feature a similar implementation, although the current versions out there are still yet to see the feature fully functional.
Full widgets are back in Windows 11. IMAGE: Digital Trends
Aside from these new tweaks, it appears that Windows 11 is still very much the operating system we know and love at its core, and while the design choices may lead you to think that major changes are in store, it still seems that users will get to grips with the new OS pretty quickly upon upgrading.
Right now, it must be noted that all the features we’ve seen so far are still very much part of an early and unrefined build of an upcoming OS.
But nevertheless, if you want to check out more new quirks that the tech community is constantly uncovering, you can do quick searches on Google and Twitter to find plenty of related content.
One pretty detailed source you can look at is The Verge’s Tom Warren’s Twitter account (@tomwarren), where he shows off a few other neat details such as Windows 11’s new start-up sound, as well as the new Xbox integrated experience.
this is the new Windows 11 startup sound pic.twitter.com/UQZNFBtAxa
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 15, 2021
It’s been around six years since Windows 10 was released, and the time is right for Microsoft to unveil a new addition to the world’s most-used OS. If you want to see the next version of Windows in its entirety, you can look forward to the launch event that Microsoft is hosting online on June 24, 2021.
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