Microsoft Windows 11: What to expect

The highly anticipated Windows 11 operating system from Microsoft has been leaked online. This comes after Windows announced that it will end support for Windows 10 in 2025. The whole Windows 11 OS appeared online, complete with a new user interface, Start menu, and much more after screenshots were first shared on the Chinese website, Baidu.

A look at the fresh new look of the highly anticipated Windows 11

The new Windows 11 Start menu and user interface are remarkably similar to those present in Windows 10X. Microsoft was working on making Windows more user-friendly for dual-screen computers and soon abandoned the project to focus on Windows 11. The most noticeable visual modifications can be noticed along the taskbar. The app icons have been centred here, the tray area has been tidied up, and a new Start button and menu have been added.

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Some of the changes to expect in Windows 11

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The app icons are centred Credit: windowscentral

The most noticeable change appears to be at the taskbar, where Microsoft appears to have centred the app icons and cleaned up the taskbar by removing the search bar and replacing it with a single search button.

A new Start Button and Menu have also been added. Users can relocate all of their app icons and start menu to the left-hand side of the taskbar if they don’t want them in the middle. Without the Live Tiles, the revised Start Menu appears to be a more simpler version of the one in Windows 10.

This updated Start menu is a simplified version of what currently exists in Windows 10, without Live Tiles. It includes pinned apps, recent files, and the ability to quickly shut down or restart Windows 11 devices. It’s really a lot more simplified than what exists in Windows 10 today.

Pinned programs, recent files, and the option to swiftly shut down or restart Windows 11 devices are all available from the Start Menu.

Another noticeable visual difference is that Microsoft appears to be employing rounded corners across the board in Windows 11. These can be found in the Start Menu, context menus, programs, and File Explorer, among other places.

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Rounded corners Credit: fruentitech

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The rounded corners are visible in context menus and around apps and the File Explorer. The Start menu itself also includes rounded corners. This is still an early version of Windows 11 that has leaked, so not everything is included yet.

Additionally, Windows 11 will include a dark mode.

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Windows 11 dark mode Credit:gizmochina

If you don’t want the app icons and Start menu to be centered, you can drag them all back to the left. When combined with the dark mode, Windows 11 begins to resemble a more refined version of Windows 10 rather than anything entirely new.

Microsoft has also included a new setup experience in Windows 11. The setup procedure is very similar to Windows 10X, where it walks users through a set of steps to configure Windows. There is also a new startup sound – something that has proved to be iconic with each version of Windows.

The Windows event on June 24

Microsoft has been dropping hints about Windows 11, and with these leaks, it appears that people are eagerly anticipating the unique Windows event, which will be shown on June 24, when all rumours will be confirmed or denied. The Windows event will reveal the next version of Windows The company’s CEO recently said that he has been using the new version of Windows for some time during the Build 2021 conference last month.

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