Tech giant Microsoft launched Windows 11, its “next generation” operating system, during a live-streamed event on June 24, 2021. The latest version will showcase android apps via Amazon’s app store to Windows for the first time. The first versions of Windows 11 will be available for Windows Insider testers from July 28th and will be available for free for Windows 10 PCs during holiday, the company said. The specifications include a minimum of 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage. Nearly, 1.3 billion devices use Windows 10.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that this launch marks a major milestone in the history of Windows and it’s the beginning of a new generation. Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, described new generation of Windows as “the Windows that brings you closer to the things you love.”
During an event, the company showed new Xbox features, revealed significant changes to its Microsoft Teams app and said that the company would not force app developers to pay fees for using Microsoft app store, unlike rival Apple. Android apps and widgets are coming to Windows 11 with Microsoft Store.
Windows 11 will let users configure multiple desktops for work, school, gaming, and home. The “Start” button and taskbar will be present at the bottom-centre of the screen rather than left-hand corner of the screen. There is also an improved System Tray with Quick Actions UI and a new split Notifications. The new operating system also features Snap Groups, Snap Layouts, and Desktops.
The Windows Update will be faster and more efficient. It provides users immersive gaming experience with DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, Auto HDR and access to over 100 high-quality PC games.