Windows 11 was unveiled by Microsoft. Not a simple update and at a time that is anything but casual: for the most popular operating system in the world, with over 1.3 billion users, it is time for a new generation, designed for a new phase of the world. The pandemic has put the personal computer back at the center of our lives, after years in which the rise of the smartphone seemed irresistible. And Microsoft is ready to seize the opportunity, as CEO Satya Nadella himself admitted: “With Windows 11 we give a new meaning to the role of Windows in the world.” And he cited three aspects around which the idea of the Redmond company revolves: “Windows now recognizes us, there cannot be a ‘personal computer’ without a personal ‘digital agent’; Windows is a stage to create, to free the ingenuity that is in each of us; Windows is not an operating system but it is a platform to create your own platforms, communities and businesses, “said the man who led the company to new triumphs, up to the very recent milestone of $ 2 trillion in capitalization on Wall Street.
Android apps on Windows
In Nadella’s words, there is the turning point that the Indian-born manager has given the company: an “open” Microsoft, based above all on the cloud and on interoperability with other platforms and other systems. And here, one of the most surprising announcements, Windows 11 will be able to run Android apps (through a partnership with Amazon and its Amazon Appstore). The apps of Android can be opened alongside other software.
Something new was needed
With Windows 11 Microsoft wants to propose the Windows “of the next decade and beyond” as Nadella said again. It must be able to manage the changes that have been going on for some time in the world of PCs, with the many new two-in-one devices (just like Microsoft’s own Surface), equipped with digital pens, touchscreens and also controllable with the voice. This is why Windows 11 arrives, despite Microsoft having presented Windows 10 in 2015 stating that that would be the definitive name, that “there would be no Windows 10.5 or Windows 11” and that the necessary updates would simply arrive, as and when there it was needed. Something new was needed, which in Windows 11 is immediately grasped, right from the first installation.
The news, from the Start button to more streamlined updates
The Start button, a cornerstone of Windows since the fundamental Windows 95 version, in the eleventh version of the system is no longer on the left but in the middle, with a style more similar to the Mac Dock. forgettable Windows 8. According to Microsoft, the new User Interface is used to find the documents and applications we need earlier and better. New transparencies arrive, animations on transitions, the possibility of having “dark mode” or “light mode” (dark or light interface), faster web browsing on Edge but also on other browsers, Windows Update updates up to 40% more lightweight also to make the servers and the network work less (or to consume less and therefore be more “green”).
Microsoft showed a short video introducing the new system via Youtube:
Designed for smart working
Windows 11 is meant for times when you work on multiple devices and in multiple environments and situations. The search works on your pc, on Onedrive and on the web. Office 365 is integrated and offers the latest files no matter which device you are using. Snap Layouts is coming: it manages windows for multitasking, offering a full-window layout, divided into two or 4 windows (or more) depending on the size of the monitor in use. Resuming work becomes easier: if you set up windows in a certain way on an external, large monitor connected to the notebook, then unplug the laptop and work elsewhere, when you reconnect the computer to the secondary display the windows revert to their arrangement more suitable for a large screen.
Windows Widgets are back
Virtual desks now have their own background and their own aesthetic settings to understand where you are at a glance (you can set a desktop for work, one for home, one for gaming, etc). Windows Widgets are coming, a personalized and updated feed by artificial intelligence that offers the most useful tasks chosen by the user at a glance: calendar, weather, news and so on. The Windows Store is up to date, not only with Android apps but also with video content from external providers (Disney Plus was shown).