As an operating system, Windows 10 has been at it for quite some time now. Be it the revamped start menu or a more aesthetic interface. Windows 10 was certainly a massive upgrade over the likes of Windows 8 and 8.1.
However, Microsoft is finally planning to add a new version of the Windows operating system and I feel that as a Windows 10 user or someone who is still willing to keep faith in the traditional Windows-powered, it is only appropriate to get acquainted with the new OS i.e. the Windows 11.
Windows 11: A Sneak Peek
Before I move ahead with the detailed, full-fledged analysis, it is time to understand Windows 11 a bit better. Microsoft did go all-hands-on-deck with this new operating platform, incorporating some of the classier refinements and small yet significant changes.
With Windows 11, you can expect laptops to offer more uniform interfaces and even more secure and private operability. Plus, the new breed of Windows OS tries to be more accommodative of touch-enabled convertibles, tablets, and laptops.
Finally, compatible laptops that are already running Windows 10 will be upgraded for free. Not to mention the availability of the beta program that would let the enthusiast in you experience Windows 11, right off the bat.
While this seems like a mere introduction, here are some of the potential benefits that Windows 11 promises over some of the older variants:
1. The Snap Mode
If you have previously considered snapping windows on either side of the screen, Windows 10 did come with a decent set of keyboard shortcuts to rely on. However, Windows 11 seems to be making light work of this issue by letting you simply hover the cursor over the minimize or resize tab, only to discover some snapping templates.
Plus, once you snap the windows, the settings are saved and free to be reused once you expand the same.
2. New Array of Widgets
Personally, I did like the set of widgets offered by Windows 10. However, Windows 11 seems to have bettered the same by proffering a wide range of options, including trackers for stock prices, calendar, weather, and more. Quite conveniently, this widget-specific feature makes the new OS variant a better bet for touch-enabled computing devices.
Still, if the widget collection feels overwhelming, you can always await the inclusion of third-party players in the mix. While at it, you can customize and resize the widgets, as you deem fit.
3. Take Dictations
Windows 11 is expected to arrive on the scene with a brand new, auto punctuation feature. This tool can be activated by pressing the Windows and the H-key simultaneously. Also, once activated, it lets you dictate text that needs to be typed in, and the interface does the rest, whilst taking care of the punctuation to the letter.
4. The ‘Shake’ Mode
With this feature turned on, you need not go scavenging for the minimize tab, every once in a while. Instead, you can simply hit the title bar, left-click on the same, and shake the tab for minimizing every other window that is open at the given time. You can even re-shake the same to reinstate the tabs, as they were in the first place.
5. New Context Menus
Windows 11 is expected to show up with a new variant of the context menu, thereby allowing users to copy and paste content and objects via a more dedicated and self-explanatory path. However, if all this seems overwhelming enough, you can always shift to the conventional copy-paste method seen on the Windows 10 OS.
6. Better Display Management
If you own a high-end laptop that boasts the best possible display configuration, you are better off with Windows 11 by your side. The new and revamped platform lets you keep a closer eye on the display settings, including peak HDR brightness, refresh rate, and other features that can be turned on and off at will, depending on the level of power saving you want to experience.
7. New Command Terminal
There might be some of you who prefer using the command prompt, rather extensively. Windows 11 allows you to be more expressive in that regard by letting you access almost every command-line resource there is, including the Linux subsystem, PowerShell, and more. What you end up getting is support for working alongside multiple tabs, followed by the ability to customize the appearance and even rename them, at will.
8. Multiple Desktops
Ever imagined that Windows will let you assign and keep aside multiple desktops to address your lack of empathy for monotony! Well, the concept is now a reality as Windows 11 now lets you manage multiple desktops while letting you customize each as per different background choices. This functionality works similarly to a mobile screen with scrollable screens to house app icons.
9. Compact View
Windows 11 allows you to view the files and folders in an orderly fashion, especially if you plan on viewing them on a touch-responsive device. There is something called the Compact view, which adds spacing between files and lets you keep the interface clean.
10. Revamped Touch Keyboard
This functionality makes more sense to the tablet and 2-in-1 users as Windows 11 offers the flexibility of reliving the smartphone keyboard experience, with support for emojis, swipe typing, and even voice inputs. That’s not it as you can still customize the same with different themes, whilst adding to the aesthetics on the same.
11. Improved Acoustic Control
Windows 11 is a great choice for audiophiles as it makes room for more elaborate controllers. Plus, the OS comes integrated with a dedicated volume mixer, which is expected to let you change volume, depending on the app you are using.
Also, if you plan on adding a new device to the console, the OS lets you keep a track of the driver details. You can even update the drivers, whenever needed, to suit the overall pairing.
As per the proposed set of specifications, Windows 11 wouldn’t let you miss your existing Windows 10 OS, at all. Instead, some of the glaring bottlenecks are expected to be fixed, once and for all, whilst making the interface way more usable to the content creators.