is officially on the way and brings the first major update for the Windows platform since the launch of Windows 10 in 2015. aims to increase productivity as more of the world works between home and office.
If you are currently a Windows 10 user,to the as long as your computer is compatible. (Find out here.) And if you still need to upgrade to Windows 10, don’t worry – a still works for a lot of people.
Here’s everything that changed from Windows 10 to Windows 11— along with .
Windows 10 vs. Windows 11: Every big difference in the new operating system
Design and interface
Windows 11 brings a brand new, Mac-like user interface to the operating system. It has a clean design with rounded corners and pastel tones. Thealso moves to the center of the screen along with the taskbar. However, you can move this back to the left if necessary, like in Windows 10.
Android app integration
, and installable from the new , via the Amazon Appstore. (There were several ways to access Android apps on Windows 10 including , but that makes it native.) This is what Windows users have been waiting for for years and marks another step towards the merging of mobile and laptop devices.
Better support for virtual desktops
Windows 11 lets you Set up virtual desktops in a way more like Macs to switch between multiple desktops at the same time for personal use, work, school, or play. In Windows 10, this was harder to set up and use.
Easier transition from monitor to laptop
The new operating system includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts – collections of the apps you use at the same time that are in the system tray and can be viewed or minimized at the same time to make it easier to switch tasks. They also allow you to plug in and unplug a monitor more easily without losing where your open windows are.
Microsoft Teams added to the system tray
and is built right into the Windows 11 system tray, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple’s FaceTime). You can access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.
Widgets (well, kind of)
While they’ve been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), Including in a, you can now and personalize it to see what you want.
Improved touchscreen, voice and pen support
With tablets, Microsoft has set itself the goal of improving the touch experience by adding more space between the icons on the taskbar and gestures. Windows 11 also adds haptics to your digital pen so you can hear and feel vibrations when you use it to record or draw. Eventually, the operating system introduces voice input and commands throughout the system.
Xbox technology to improve the game
, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to make gaming better on your Windows PC. This marks another step towards integrating PCs and Xbox consoles for Microsoft.
For more information, see, and as soon as it is available.