Home windows 11 vs. Window 10: All the things new in Microsoft’s OS


Home windows 11 brings much more than simply design adjustments. Hold your eye out for these upgrades.

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Microsoft began the phased rollout of its new working system, Home windows 11, final month. Though just some PCs have been prompted to replace, you might be questioning how the OS is completely different from Home windows 10, and if it is price downloading straight away. You’ve got till 2025 to make your choice, when Microsoft says it’s going to not help Home windows 10, however in case you’re prepared to leap into Home windows 11 now, you may obtain the OS to your laptop so long as it meets eligibility necessities. If you have already got Home windows 10, Home windows 11 will likely be obtainable to you free of charge. (If you happen to do not have Home windows 10 but, this is learn how to get it.) 

Prior to installing the brand new OS, let’s go over the large adjustments Microsoft made and dig into what’s actually completely different. Here is all the things that is modified from Home windows 10 to Home windows 11. And be sure to take a look at our favourite Home windows 11 options and learn how to use them — together with all the things we wished in Home windows 11 however did not get and learn how to set your default search engine.

Learn extra: Home windows 11 is right here, so does that imply I should purchase a brand new laptop computer?

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Windows 10 vs. Windows 11: Every big difference in the new OS

Design and interface


Windows 11 features a new design with a centered Start menu and Taskbar.

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Windows 11 brings a brand-new, more Mac-like interface to the OS. It features a clean design with rounded corners and pastel shades. The iconic Start menu also moves to the center of the screen along with the Taskbar. But you can move those back to the left, as they are in Windows 10, if you prefer.

Android app integration


You’ll be able to download Android apps to your PC in Windows 11.

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Android apps will be coming to Windows 11 (though not right away) in Microsoft Store, via the Amazon Appstore. (There were a couple of ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including if you had a Samsung Galaxy phone, but this will make it native.) This is something Windows users have been waiting for for years, and marks another move toward the merging of mobile and laptop devices. 

Better virtual desktop support


You’ll find it easier to create and toggle between different virtual desktops in Windows 11 compared to Windows 10.

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Windows 11 will let you set up virtual desktops in a way that’s more similar to Macs, toggling between multiple desktops at once for personal, work, school or gaming use. In Windows 10, this was harder to set up and use. 

Easier transition from monitor to laptop


It’ll be easier to group different sets of windows and apps together and move between a desktop and a monitor thanks to Snap Layouts and Snap Groups.

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The new OS includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts — collections of the apps you’re using at once that sit in the taskbar, and can come up or be minimized at the same time for easier task switching. They also let you plug and unplug from a monitor more easily, without losing where your open windows are located. 

Microsoft Teams added to the Taskbar


Microsoft Teams is built directly into the Taskbar in Windows 11 for easier video calling. 

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Teams is getting a facelift and will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 taskbar, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple’s FaceTime). You’ll be able to access teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. 

Widgets (well, sort of) 


Launch widgets from the Taskbar in Windows 11 to see at-a-glance information on weather, news, stocks and more.

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While they’ve been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), including in a recent Windows 10 update, you can now access widgets directly from the Taskbar and personalize them to see whatever you’d like. 

Enhanced touchscreen, voice and pen support


Microsoft is aiming to make Windows 11 easier to use on tablets than Windows 10.

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For tablets, Microsoft has aimed to improve the experience for touch, with more space between icons on the taskbar, and adding gestures. Windows 11 also adds haptics to your digital pen, so you can hear and feel vibrations as you use it for taking notes or drawing. Finally, the OS introduces voice typing and commands across the system. 

Xbox tech to improve gaming


Windows 11 brings some tech additions from the Xbox for better gaming. 

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Windows 11 will get certain features found in Xbox consoles, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to improve gaming on your Windows PC. This marks another move toward integrating PCs and Xbox consoles for Microsoft. 

For more, check out everything we know about Windows 11 and how to download Windows 11.

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