A first look at the upcoming Windows 11 from Microsoft

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 operating system leaks online. After the screenshots were first published on the Chinese website Baidu, Noon Windows 11 is all online, complete with a new user interface, start menu, and more.

A look at Windows 11:

The new Windows 11 user interface and Start menu look very similar to what was originally found in Windows 10X.

Microsoft simplified Windows for dual-screen devices, before scrapping this project in favor of Windows 11.

The biggest visual changes you notice can be found along the taskbar.

Microsoft has centered the app icons, cleaned up the tray area, and included a new start and menu button.

This updated Start Menu is a simplified version of what’s currently in Windows 10, without the Live Tiles.

The Start menu includes installed apps, recent files, and the ability to quickly shutdown or restart Windows 11 devices.

And if you don’t want to center the app icons and the Start menu, there’s an option to move them all back to the left side.

Along with the dark mode also available, Windows 11 starts to look like a more refined version of Windows 10 than a brand new one.

Microsoft also uses rounded corners throughout Windows 11. These corners appear in context menus, around apps, and in File Explorer.

The Start menu itself also includes rounded corners. This is still an old version of Windows 11 that was leaked, so not everything has been included yet.

Expect to see more changes in the apps included in Windows 11, but it looks like most of these apps aren’t there yet.

However, it appears that a large part of the operating system is out, so expect to see a beta version arriving soon for Windows Insider subscribers to test.

There is a new icon in the system taskbar, and it is called widgets in the operating system. Rumors have suggested that Microsoft is bringing back Windows widgets, and this early release appears to include some of them.

Given that this is clearly a very old version of Windows 11, the widgets are not fully loaded into the operating system, but are designed to slide and provide quick access to news, weather, and other web content.

Microsoft is borrowing from Windows 10X:

Microsoft has canceled Windows 10X, but it’s clear that they’re reusing large parts of that work with Windows 11.

Windows 10X was originally designed for dual-screen devices, before switching to traditional laptops and then being scrapped.

Windows 10X included a number of improved and simplified aspects of Windows, and most of that work is in this leaked version of Windows 11.

Windows 11 also includes new Snap controls that you can access from the Zoom button in all apps. It is the modern equivalent of the cascading windows functionality that has been in the operating system for years.

You can quickly align windows side by side, or arrange them into sections across your desktop.

Windows Store:

There doesn’t seem to be any major updates to the Windows Store yet. Given that this is an early version that was leaked, it’s possible that the updates that Microsoft is planning have not yet appeared.

The Windows Store interface is very similar to what’s in Windows 11 today, with access to all the same apps available today.

Microsoft is said to be working on a new App Store for Windows in recent months, and rumors suggest that it will be a big change from what exists today.

The Microsoft CEO promised to open up greater economic opportunities for developers and content makers using Windows, and this is likely to come in the form of a new Store.

Microsoft is said to be overhauling its Windows App Store to allow developers to submit any Windows app, including browsers.

Microsoft may also consider allowing third-party commerce platforms in apps, allowing developers to avoid the commission Microsoft typically takes from in-app purchase systems.

Try a new setup:

Microsoft has also included a new setup experience in Windows 11. Much like Windows 10X, it guides users of new devices or those upgrading to Windows 11 through a set of steps to configure Windows.

This ready experience also includes a new Windows 11 startup sound, which then plays on every boot.

Microsoft is also working on improving the Xbox experience in Windows 11. The new Xbox app is now integrated into Windows 11. It provides quick access to Xbox Game Pass games, Xbox social parts, and the Xbox Store.

The Xbox Game Bar and Windows Game Mode remain the same as with Windows 11 in this early leaked version.

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