All good things...
It seems like a long time since its release in 2015 that Windows 10 has been the predominant desktop OS. And, it was certainly welcome relief to its predecessor, Windows 8. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and that time is approaching for Windows 10.
Later this year, Windows 11 will make its debut as an upgrade to supported Windows 10 systems and will begin shipping on new devices.
What's new with Windows 11?
For starters, there will be a new taskbar and start button. The task bar will be centered rather than left justified and selection of the start button will reveal a new menu with a search dialog at the top, pinned icons below that, recently opened apps and documents below the pinned icons and the user and power buttons at the bottom.
Windows 11 Start Menu
Apparently File Explorer gets refreshed with a slightly new, but very familiar look.
Windows 11 File Explorer
The Settings app on the other hand will be completely revamped.
Numerous other enhancements will be included such as the way windows are arranged, improvements to the Microsoft Store which may help increase the number of apps available in the store and the entire look and feel of the operating system with new colors and icons.
You will also be able to run Android apps on Windows 11, out of the box, with a new Windows Subsystem for Android, something like the Windows Subsystem for Linux which is included with Windows 10. More info about running
Android on Windows 11 can be found here.
Windows shortcut Win + C, or clicking on the chat icon in the new taskbar will open the new Chat app which is part of the new Teams Experience for Windows 11. Users will be able to connect with others for individual or group chats. In the near future Microsoft intends to enable audio and video calling with screen sharing, Teams meetings and more.