Microsoft’s CPO officially announced a new operating system update on Thursday. Brand new Windows 11 includes several visual improvements, Microsoft Store redesign, and an integrated version of Microsoft Teams, aiming at customers who became remote workers during the pandemic.
One of the most notable changes is undoubtedly the look of the taskbar — the Start button and menu in the bottom left corner is a thing of the past. Instead, from now on, both the button and the menu will be in the center of the taskbar.
Furthermore, the ‘’maximize’’ button will give the users several additional options, depending on how many windows they need to keep open at once. As the official presentation explained, you won’t have to drag the windows and size them manually, although it will still be an option.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused another significant change: Teams will be an integrated feature with its icon on the taskbar from now on. This feature will make it easier for the users to communicate with others more efficiently. Microsoft hopes it will further help keep PC in the center of digital life since tablets and phones previously threatened its position.
Windows 11 will be a more gamer-friendly system. Xbox’s Auto HDR technology is included in Windows 11, bringing automatic improvements in the lighting and colors of the display during gaming. It will also include the Xbox Game Pass, giving the users access to the games’ library.
Six years after its last major system update, Microsoft is decisive about making the user experience their focus. However, Windows 11 is certainly not a revolutionary change, and there are no substantial changes such as the ones that happened during the switch from Windows 8 to Windows 10.