At a virtual event, Microsoft announced Windows 11, its “next-generation” operating system. Android apps will be able to run on the Windows desktop using the new software.
Panos Panay, the product manager, promised smaller, faster security updates, which he stated will happen in the background, which is a major concern among Windows users.
Like on a Mac, Windows 11 will allow users to set up numerous computers for work, home, and gaming.
Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is presently installed on 1.3 billion devices.
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Next week, an early preview version of the new system will be made available to app developers.
Existing Windows 10 customers will be able to download Windows 11 for free, however, certain machines will not meet the minimum requirements. A minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM is required.
The “Start” button has been moved to the bottom-centre of the screen, rather than the left-hand side, as a cosmetic adjustment.
Furthermore, Windows 11 will be more tightly integrated with Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform. Pre-installed will also be Xbox Titles Pass, a membership programme with access to hundreds of games.
As competitor Apple continues to face criticism over its business model, the tech giant announced it will split more earnings from its app store with artists and developers.
Microsoft stated when Windows 10 was released in 2015 that it would be the final version of the operating system. Windows 10 will be phased out in 2025, according to Microsoft.
Although Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella characterised the launch as “a huge milestone in the history of Windows,” CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber claimed it was not a “revolutionary breakthrough.”
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“Rather than bringing the huge changes seen with its predecessor, Windows 11 is an iterative version that pinpoints where Windows needs more ambition,” he added.
“Microsoft’s ultimate goal is to ensure that the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 brings big enough benefits to outweigh any complaints.”
According to JP Gownder, principal analyst at Forrester, the new operating system is based on the code of Windows 10, which should eliminate upgrading issues like those encountered with Windows Vista in the past.
“These user-friendly allusions to the past, on the other hand, have a double-edged sword,” he said.
“They’re excellent for experience consistency, but they make you question what the 11 actually stands for. Is this actually a feature-packed Windows 10 update rather than a full-version release?”