Microsoft has finally released the much-awaited Windows 11 preview build for users who enrolled for Dev Channel. The stable version is expected to come around the “Holiday Season” and will be a free upgrade to all Windows users whose computer meets the minimum hardware requirements. You can learn more about the Windows 11 requirements from their Official Blog.
Even though most of you guys might have already seen the leaked build of Windows 11 on YouTube or any other website but after installing the official build I found several notable changes which were missing from the leaked build. So, without any further delay, let’s begin.
Table of Contents:
- Lock screen
- Rounded Corner
- Start Menu
- Action Center
- Settings App
- Snap Layouts
- File Explorer
- Microsoft Store
The very first thing you will notice after installing Windows 11 is the new Windows logo and startup sound which I really liked.
2. Lock Screen
The next thing you will notice is the time & date on the lock screen have been shifted from the bottom left corner to the top corner which gives the device a minimal feel.
3. Rounded Corner
On Windows 11, everywhere you will see a rounder corner whether it’s a Start Menu, Settings App, Action Center, Apps, or any other program. And I think rounded corner makes Windows 11 look more modern operating system compared to Windows 10.
4. Start Menu
The Start Menu is the same as it was in the leaked build of Windows 11. It is now at the center of the Taskbar and finally, the Live Tiles are gone. The Start Menu now has 2 rows: 1st row for apps that you have pinned from the All Apps section and the 2nd row is for recommendations where it will show your recently opened docs, photos, newly added apps, or any other important things.
And of course, if you dint like the Start Menu placement at the center then you can easily revert to old style i.e., Left placement.
Taskbar now has a newly designed Search Bar and Task View. The Search Bar now comes with a transparent style layout and it looks way better than the Windows 10 Search Bar. On the other hand, the Task View has also been improved. Now when you hover over Task View, you can easily create or access all your virtual desktops instantly.
Microsoft has also added the Widgets feature which is kind of similar to the Google Feed. Here you can see information related to news, weather, sports, stocks, your appointments and more. And obviously, you will be able to customize those widgets as per your style such as resizing or rearranging widgets, adding or removing widgets, selecting the news topic in which you are interested in and so on.
7. Action Center
The Action Center on Windows 11 has also been modified. It now has a much cleaner, minimal, and touch-friendly UI. Also, it has been split into 2 flyouts. By clicking on Date & Time, it will give you access to your notifications along with the Calendar whereas by clicking on icons (Wi-Fi, Volume, Battery) it opens the Control Center where you can toggle on/off quick settings like airplane mode, battery saver, Wi-Fi, night light and more. And of course, you will be able to add or remove stuff whenever you want.
8. Settings App
The Setting App on Windows 11 has also been completely revamped. The app has now a gorgeous-looking translucent design, easy-to-use interface, and of course rounded corners everywhere.
In the personalization section, the very first thing you will see are the themes that you can easily switch between. And if you own a touchscreen foldable laptop or tablet, then you will love the touch keyboard on Windows 11. You can now choose a theme for your touch keyboard and if you dint like any theme from the available themes then you can even create your own custom theme.
There are many more features that have been added or recategorized in the Setting App but that will take a lot of time to showcase it so maybe some other time.
9. Snap Layouts
This feature is one of my favorite features on Windows 11. Being a blogger, I always have at least 7 web tabs or apps open in the background while working and it is hard to organize all the open tabs or apps properly. But thanks to Snap Layouts feature it will be easier to organize docs, sites, apps, or any other stuff and I think many other users will also love this feature, eventually.
10. File Explorer
After so many years Microsoft has finally updated the File Explorer App. It now has a plain-looking header yet it looks way cleaner and modern than the Windows 10 File Explorer. You will also find all your important commands and settings at the top like copy, cut, paste, share, sorting, icon size, and more.
11. Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store is one of those features that got many people excited after the Windows 11 official announcement. The app store UI has been completely redesigned and now it looks much cleaner and less cluttered. Also, just like other apps on Windows 11, here too you will see rounded corner style UI everywhere.
The app page design has also been changed. Now all the important information like screenshots, descriptions, ratings, and reviews will be shown on the right side. There is also support for Android apps but that’s not here just yet. At least in my Windows 11 Insider build.
Well, that’s it for now, guys. Let me know in the comment section if I missed any other feature from this build.