June 21, 2021

windows 11

The seven main differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10, which became known from the swollen beta

Based on the data currently available, there are already seven major changes that users are waiting for in Windows 11.

Start menu without live tiles

One of the significant changes to the new OS is the redesigned Start menu, which has disappeared from the outdated live tiles that were introduced in Windows 8. By default, the Start menu is now located in the central part of the taskbar, just like Windows 10X, which was discontinued. If necessary, the Start menu can be returned to a more familiar location in the left corner of the taskbar.

The Start menu itself has also become easier to look like. It displays installed applications, frequently used programs, etc.

Improving window attachment function

Windows 11 has improved window attachment tools that allow you to group windows in a convenient way, due to the Fancy-Ones feature. Microsoft has actually taken this tool to the next level. Now, when you hover over the "Expand the Window" icon in the top right corner, the user can choose one of the proposed options for grouping and organizing applications. This tool is integrated into all window applications, making it easier for users to organize the workspace.

Simplified taskbar

An integral part of the interface is an updated taskbar that has incorporated a set of small icons. In Windows 10, much of the taskbar was given to the search tool, while in Windows 11 all icons are grouped together and are the same size.

No Cortana

In Windows 11, developers got rid of Cortana's built-in voice assistant, at least it doesn't have a taskbar. Cortana is still present as a standalone application that can be used if necessary. The source notes that in the test build of Windows 11, the Cortana app, although it started, was not functioning properly.

The advent of widgets

Although Microsoft got rid of Cortana, Windows 11 has widgets that are now a huge sidebar that takes up a lot of space. It is used to demonstrate news and content in accordance with the user's interests. It's hard to say what the widgets will end up with, but what's in Windows 10 now is a rather controversial solution that takes up a lot of workspace.

New icons and interface settings

One important change is the updated user interface, which is codenamed Sun Valley. Rounded window corners, redesigned system icons and more will be available with the release of this update, which is due to be released in the fall. The personalization menu also has a set of new wallpapers for the desktop.

Previous app support

The enthusiastic build of Windows 11 did not show any changes in app support or restrictions on the use of 32- and 64-bit versions of software products. It seems that the main work was done with the user interface, while in functional terms little has changed.

In any case, there are only a few days left before the official Windows event. As early as June 24, Microsoft should clarify many questions about the future of its operation soon...