Windows 11 has been released to all users. If you haven’t done so already, check to see if you get a Windows Update notification for a free upgrade from Windows 10. Don’t worry if your PC doesn’t support TPM 2.0 or if you want to download the operating system, we’ve got you covered with this Windows 11 review.
List of the best new Windows 11 features
Take a tour of Windows 11 and see what’s new in it with this list of the best new features available.
Taskbar and Start Menu
This is the most obvious change you will notice, Windows 11 has the Taskbar in the middle. You can optionally align the icons on the left side of the screen, if you don’t like the macOS-inspired view. The Start menu has changed and it looks different. It has keyboard shortcuts for Task and Search Views, then kind of nonsense when you can use the Start Menu to search.
Come to think of it, the Start Menu has been changed again, this time it’s a bit more compact and divided into 2 parts. The first panel lists a bunch of Apps, these are basically shortcuts that have been pinned to the Start Menu, you can unpin them or add new ones as required. Click the all apps button to see a list of the apps installed on your computer. The other section, Recommended Apps, is your category of recently used items.
Sadly the Taskbar menu is very limited. All it had was a shortcut to change the Taskbar options, so those of you used the right-click menu to access other options, including Task Manager. , would be a bit disappointing. Windows 11 has new animations for Taskbar icons, when a program needs your attention, its icon will flash quickly to notify you.
The menus in Windows 11 have rounded corners, which you usually see on the operating system. This is also noticeable in the new Quick Toggles panel that appears when you click one of the system tray icons.
The icons in the interface are neat and the shortcuts are customizable, so if you don’t like an option, you can unpin it.
The Settings app has been overhauled, looks better, and is also a bit faster. The options there are mostly still the same and don’t worry the Legacy Control panel is still there, for those who like it.
Windows 10 users who have used the News and Weather apps (from the Taskbar), will be familiar with the Utilities panel. It’s a personalized news feed tied to your Microsoft account, you can customize it to your liking by adding new widgets, opting out of specific websites.
It’s a handy tool for keeping track of weather updates, stock markets, sporting goods, and performing web searches. Unlike Windows 10 apps, Widgets in Windows 11 have a frosted glass background.
Data management program
Windows 11’s built-in file manager has been overhauled, not only the design is new, the icons are refreshed as well. The right-click menu has also been changed and has rounded corners, like all other menus in the OS.
While the shell menu options vary, it lacks quite a few shortcuts, but you can access them through the legacy menu that pops up when you click “Show more options”. Notepad also has a modern interface, although it functions the same as before.
Hover over the maximize button in any open window and you’ll see a bunch of boxes of various shapes and sizes. They represent the new Snap layouts in Windows 11. Click the one you like and the OS will snap the current window to the size you selected and will prompt you to select the 2nd (3rd or 4th) window that you want. snap to the other side.
You can change the capture behavior or turn it off completely from the Settings > System > Multitasking screen. Create a Snap Layout and it will be saved to the Taskbar as a Snap Group.
Themes and Personalization
There are 6 themes in Windows 11, which you can further customize to beautify your screen.
This includes more Dark themes and this time the dark mode is more consistent i.e. it works with Explorer, Start Menu, Settings etc.
There are many options that you can tweak to personalize your experience. For the first time, Windows supports Color Filters in Accessibility settings, to help color blind users.
The Microsoft Store app is another attempt at change, and it’s pretty good. The ultimate store app also supports reviews and ratings, helping to deliver a browsing and discovery experience.
The side panel has shortcuts to go to the Store home page, Apps and Games section. Users in some regions can access movies from their respective sections. You can manage your Library by clicking the button in the bottom left corner, to fetch updates for existing apps.
Microsoft surprised users when it announced third-party storefront support in the Microsoft Store app. It currently supports Epic Games Store and Amazon. Microsoft Store will also support Win32, .NET, UWP, Xamarin, Electron, React Native, Java apps and even Progressive Web Apps.
Note: Run the Store app and check for updates, it will show dozens of new versions, including an update to the Store app itself, giving it a new look.
Gamers have some new features to look forward to in Windows 11. DirectStorage reduces load times in games, but requires an NVMe SSD, a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support, to function. But you’ll also need the proper graphics drivers, and of course, the game itself needs tech support as well. Users with HDR-enabled monitors can toggle Auto HDR from the Game Bar to make games a bit more colorful.
The MS Paint app in Windows 11 has a modern look with flat icons and a rounded color palette.
If you don’t see the new UI in your app, you’ll need to update it from the Microsoft Store.
Press the Win + Tab key or use the Task View button to manage your virtual desktop. Windows 11 now lets you use a different background on each monitor. You can drag and drop apps from one screen to another, rename screens, rearrange them, and more.
Teams comes pre-installed on Windows 11 and is essentially the modern equivalent of Skype, although the latter still boasts a substantial user base. I won’t go into it, Teams is a video chat application, you probably know how to use them.
Native support for Android apps (not yet available)
Windows 11 will support Android apps natively, but Microsoft hasn’t added support for it in the current release. This feature will be available in a future OS update.
I backed up my entire computer with Macrium Reflect Free Edition and used the Windows 11 Setup Assistant to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. The new OS includes some bloatware, I noticed that it installed Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, ClipChamp, among others, all of which are uninstallable. You may want to upgrade your graphics card drivers after installing Windows 11 for the best gaming experience.
The stable release of Windows 11 is pretty good, and unlike the internal preview builds, there are no issues like the half-rendered context menu. I remember experiencing graphical issues with Chromium browsers (Vivaldi, Chrome, Brave and Opera), which wouldn’t show the pop-ups that show up when you click the close button or install the add-on. sung, etc. I have encountered. to disable hardware acceleration in the browser to fix the problem. This is no longer an issue with the stable version of Windows 11, everything seems to be working fine so far.
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