Microsoft has officially announced the new operating system, Windows 11 which has focused on three main things for its users; simplified user interface, a new Windows store, and improvements to performance and multitasking. The new Start button utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you, your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device. It also comes with Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops to provide an even more powerful way to multitask as users will be able to create and customize their desktops to fit what they just need to do.
Microsoft has integrated Chat from Microsoft Teams in the taskbar to help people instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of their personal contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android, or iOS. Windows 11 also supports PC gaming accessories and peripherals. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers get access to over 100 high-quality PC games with new games added all the time, and it’s still just as easy to find people to play with, no matter if they’re playing on a PC or console.
There are many features that this new operating system brings, but the highlight that has had many users excited is the fact that Microsoft is now bringing Android apps to Windows for the first time through Windows 11. Android apps will run natively on Windows 11 and will be downloadable from Amazon’s Appstore, via the new Windows Store that’s included in the operating system. Microsoft has announced that it is using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Apps will be listed in the new Windows Store and can be pinned to the taskbar or snapped alongside traditional Windows apps. Third-party apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and Canva are also coming to Microsoft Store.
On security, Microsoft says Windows 11 is secure by design, with new built-in security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud while enabling productivity and new experiences. The company stated that Windows 11 provides a Zero Trust-ready operating system to protect data and access across devices and is working closely with OEM and silicon partners to raise security baselines to meet the needs of the evolving threat landscape and the new hybrid work world. Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs soon.