Windows 11 is here, and Microsoft has confirmed that the new generation of the Windows computing experience will feature new icons and a new, refreshing UI design at its heart. The new Windows interface definitely looks smart and in line with the new generation. File Explorer finally does not look prehistoric, and you get a centrally placed Start button, among other things. There is a new Widgets tab that Microsoft is betting big on, complete with curated content and app widgets. Talking of apps, Microsoft Store has a new UI and better organised features. It also gets Android apps that you can install directly to your PC. In terms of gaming, Microsoft has brought Auto HDR and Direct Storage API for faster fast travel in eligible games.
Prior to launch, in terms of upgrades, in line with expectations was a new interface that was slated to put the start button at the centre of the bottom taskbar. There was also a new array of app icons with a new generation design, up to date with modern design standards and preferences – and more consistent with the image that Microsoft wants to present of itself right now. In his wrap-up speech, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella affirmed the philosophy behind Windows 11, calling it the face of the company that is building itself for the next decade. The speech was poignant and substantial as always from Nadella, and also highlighted the services and developer focus that Microsoft hopes Windows 11 would bring to the table.
As expected, brands have begun confirming free upgrades to Windows 11 for existing and new Windows 10 PCs, once it becomes available. Exact availability and pricing are set to come soon.
...and that's that. Windows 11 is here, and we'll bring you more details on pricing and launch and updates, real soon. Stay tuned to News18 Tech, for more details on the new gen Windows 11. And with that, it's a good night from our end. See you on the other side, with more details.
Another biggie – Android apps are coming to Windows, and not through emulators. You can directly install them on your PC. But, here's the complex bit – Microsoft has achieved it by integrating the Amazon app store into the Microsoft Store, which it has done by applying Intel Bridge technology so that it works seamlessly. As long as it works in one click for me, Panos.
Microsoft Store will support Progressive Web Apps, and apps that are built on the Universal Windows Platform – even though Microsoft has moved away from the latter.
Also, BIG UPDATE – Microsoft just stated that it will let apps sell in-app content through their own payment instruments, and not compulsorily use Microsoft's. If they do use their own, Microsoft will take NO revenue shares from them. This will be BIG in terms of the anti-competitive debate. Shots fired!