Microsoft’s next big operating system, Windows 11, has been available to Windows Insiders earlier this summer for extensive testing ahead of the big day – October 5th. Windows 11 is launching into the wild, introducing users around the world to an entirely redesigned and rethought operating system meant to usher in a new era of communication, collaboration, and coordination in the digital world.
Ahead of the launch, our team at SeedSpark has been working with Windows 11 to test it in the wild and ensure that each of our clients is prepared for its rollout to all PCs in the months ahead. Now that we have full details on the rollout of Windows 11 and plenty of experience with the OS itself, here are the biggest new features coming when the OS launches next week.
New Fluent Design
While there have been plenty of improvements to Windows 10 over the years, Windows 11 is poised to shake up the overall user experience to bring Microsoft’s operating system more in line with what Apple fans have experienced in the past. The sleek and minimalist “Fluent Design” is creating a more elegant experience for users, with a redesigned taskbar and simplified menus that should make navigating apps a breeze.
Windows 11 Microsoft Teams Integrations
Microsoft Teams has exploded in popularity over the last 5 years, quickly becoming one of the business world’s most popular communications apps. Teams is getting a redesign alongside the launch of Windows 11, where it will also be baked directly into the Taskbar as a default communications program. As businesses around the world continue to connect virtually, Teams will be at the heart of the experience in Windows 11 while also connecting to users across Mac, iOS, and Android.
Virtual Desktops and Snap Groups
For many of us, computers are at the heart of our personal and professional lives. Now, Microsoft is bringing a MacOS feature to Windows with enhanced virtual desktops that open different instances of Windows with ease. Imagine a personal desktop, a professional desktop, and a gaming desktop all running simultaneously and accessible within seconds; that’s coming in Windows 11.
Snap Groups are also a handy feature for the multitasking gurus making the leap to the new OS. Windows users can already snap windows into each side of the screen to divide their real estate and have more eyes on their work. In Windows 11, Snap Groups allow users to preselect the layout of their windows and keep those layouts ready at a moment’s notice.
Widgets in Windows 11
Widgets, the helpful information blocks for everything from weather and traffic to Outlook and news, are back in Windows 11. These actually made a return in Windows 10 just a few months ago, but the feature is being carried over into Windows 11 as more users around the world are taking in top info with a glance at their taskbar. This library of widgets is set to grow exponentially as more third-party developers create innovative solutions to fit each users’ needs.
These are just a handful of the top new features coming at launch, but there is so much more on the way in the months ahead from the team in Redmond! Windows 11 will be available on October 5th as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, with more information on SeedSpark’s rollout available in the FAQ section on our Windows 11 Launch Hub.
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