Microsoft has scheduled a live stream event on June 24, 2021, which is likely to be for revealing the all-new operating system – Windows 11. The company’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, posted a teaser for the event on his Twitter handle.
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Though Microsoft has never officially mentioned that the live stream event is for releasing Windows 11, the leaked version of the new OS on the Chinese site Baidu and a few other hints confirms the speculations.
Luckily, we had our hand on the leaked Windows 11 build number 21996.1 operating system before it was removed. In this post, we would list out all the significant changes introduced in Windows 11.
What does Windows 11 look like?
The Windows 11 version, which we have got, shows various new developments, especially in the User Interface. The Windows 11 comes with both dark and light modes. Since it is an early build, many features might not have been added. Many might speculate that this might be a fake version, but it seems totally genuine by looks.
Here is what About Windows tells about it.
Let us now look at a few significant changes.
Windows 11 Taskbar
After the Windows 11 startup, the first major transformation you will notice is the changes in the Taskbar. Traditionally, the Start Menu button of the Windows OS is placed at the extreme left of the Taskbar and then pinned icons on its right. However, on Windows 11, the Start Menu button is by default set at the center of the Taskbar. If you don’t like this new development, you can change it from the settings and put it in the traditional way.
Windows 11 Start Menu
The all-new Windows 11 comes with an all-new Start Menu. However, if you had a glimpse of the dead Windows 10X OS, you might find Windows 11 Start Menu pretty similar to that. Unlike Windows 10, there are no live tiles, and all apps appear as icons. You will get a glimpse of your pinned apps and recommended apps. Clicking on All apps would list out all the installed applications on the system. The design of the Start Menu is quite minimalistic and elegant with round edges. You will find rounded edges in almost everything on Windows 11.
Windows 11 Search Box
Unlike Windows 10, the Search Box of Windows 11 is not within Start Menu. To access the Search Box in Windows 11, you will have to click on magnifying glass icon next to the Start Menu icon. It is also with a round edge layout.
Windows 11 Action Center
The Action Center is pretty similar to Windows 10. The time and schedule, volume, networks, and quick launch are all the same. But again, the rounded edge makes it look refreshing.
Windows 11 File Explorer
File Explorer is all the same as Windows 10 but with a better look and colorful icons. The colorful icons give an impressive look to the file explorer and also help in quickly distinguish between different system folders such as Downloads, Documents, Pictures, and more.
Windows 11 Snap Assist
Snap Assist was one of the impressive features added in Windows 10. It allows users to split multiple application windows on the desktop screen for multitasking. For that, users had to use keys combinations on the keyboard. With Windows 11, the Snap Assist has become easier to use. When you hover the mouse pointer on the maximize/minimize icon of the application window, you will get the list of options for snapping your windows to either side of the screen or into quarters.
Windows 11 Widgets
Microsoft re-introduced the Widgets in Windows 11 after discontinuing it in Windows 8 and Windows 10. The widget is pretty much like the Windows Vista widget. It shows you the weather information, stock rates, and sports. If you scroll, you will the latest news and articles based on your interests.
Windows 11 New Animation and Sound
As you might have understood, this new Windows OS is primarily focused on user interface changes and not features. Adding to that, Windows 11 comes with cool animations and new sounds. For example, if you minimize a window, you can see a new animation. Also, the windows 11 startup tune is different. All other sounds are also brand new.
Will the new OS be named Windows 11 or something else?
As per the leaked version, the new Windows OS is set to be named Windows 11. There are plenty more clues that suggest the same. As mentioned in the introduction, the teaser of Microsoft’s event was posted by the company’s CPO on Twitter. In the posted video, the shadows display the number 11. Also, the event is scheduled to begin at 11 AM on 24the June. Microsoft never plans any event this early in the day. In addition to that, after the event was announced, Microsoft posted a video of startup sounds of previous Windows OSs. The video was exactly 11 minutes long. All these hints to the name of the new Windows operating system.
Windows 11 Release Date
Windows 11 is expected to be announced on June 24, 2021. However, its release date for the general public would be different. If we look at Windows 10, it was announced in September 2014 but was released in July 2015. That’s almost ten months after the announcement. However, Microsoft wouldn’t take that much time in releasing Windows 11 as, unlike Windows 10, which was a complete overhaul, Windows 11 is just a refurbished version of Windows 10. So in our sense, Windows 11 might officially available to general users by the end of this year.
Should I install Windows 11?
The main question is should you install Windows 11 if you get a chance? Unfortunately, the answer is a big NO for this leaked version, as it might be full of bugs. Furthermore, installing it on your primary machine can be fatal, and you can make your system unstable. However, you can try it on a secondary system or a Virtual Machine.
Other than that, the official version of Windows 11 might also be available soon. It is up to you whether you want to install it or not. Windows 10 users would likely get an option to upgrade to Windows 11 for free like Windows 7 users got the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
If you want to stay on Windows 10, you can safely do that. Microsoft has announced that they will keep supporting Windows 10 till October 14, 2025. So, if you are satisfied with the working of Windows 10, you are not obliged to switch to Windows 11 until 2025.
Taking a clue from the leak version and many hints by Microsoft, it is almost confirmed that Windows 11 is set to be released on June 24, 2021.
The leaked version of Windows 11 might contain several bugs that might harm your computer and ruin your work, especially if you install it on your only system. It is therefore advised not to install it on your device and wait for the official release.
It is likely that Windows 10 users would get the free upgrade to Windows 11.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.