Microsoft announced Windows 11 in its first announcement. It then released major previews of Windows 11, including Build 22000.51, 22000.100, and 22000.100, to allow Windows Insiders to see all the new features. Today, Microsoft released Windows 11’s first stable version to all eligible users. We have created a tutorial on how to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. After weeks of testing Windows 11, we have discovered some great new features. Here, we have detailed all new Windows 11 features, from minor to primary.
1. Start Menu Updated
The new launcher-style floating Start menu is the most significant part of Microsoft’s next-generation desktop OS. The fresh Start, as Microsoft calls it, sits in the middle of the taskbar. This is in contrast to the traditional Start Menu. It features a flout design that includes pinned and recommended apps. The recommendations have been good so far. It provides quick access to my recently installed photos, documents, and apps.You can also hover your mouse over Search to see a list of suggested apps based on past searches. The new Start is my favorite feature of Windows 11. It is fast, intelligently resolves all your questions, and provides the best results in seconds.
Switch back to the original Windows 10 Start Menu with live tile support for users concerned about the launcher-style and centered Start Menu.
2. New Action Center
The Action Center has been redesigned and is my second favorite feature in Windows 11. It is based on a design language we’ve seen on mobile Oases, and I like the mobile-first approach for important system toggles. For example, to open the Action Center, you can click on the “Wi-Fi volume, battery” button. You will find all the controls you need, including volume and brightness sliders. In addition, you can add toggles to the device as before. Connecting to Bluetooth is much quicker, and you don’t have to go into Settings to pair your phone. It also houses notifications in a clean design with badge support and ample space for replying or clearing the clutter. Finally, the new Action Center is more responsive than the old Action Center in Windows 10. Kudos Microsoft!
3. Universal Media Control
You can now control your media playback using the Action Center on Windows 11. The Action Center shows everything, no matter what format you’re using: a YouTube video or Spottily playlist, a clip from Twitter, or a local video. Unfortunately, it was not possible to play a VLC video. However, it worked perfectly when I tried the same local video via the “Films & TV” app. Universal Media Control is another cool feature in Windows 11.
4. Modern File Explorer
Windows users have been very unhappy with File Explorer. File Explorer has been a source of contention for many Windows users. They don’t like any changes to it and question why you would change something that works well. So it needed a makeover. The new File Explorer offers all the required features. In addition, the new File Explorer has colorful icons and a new context menu. There is also a Command bar at the top that replaces the Ribbon menu bar. For those who are curious, Microsoft has retained the Folder Options. You can also access the Context menu by tapping “Show More Options.” Windows 11 has delivered what fans feared, but Microsoft kept all features intact.
5. Microsoft Store Opens
Windows 11’s new Microsoft Store is another fantastic feature. It was built from scratch and supported Win32 and.NET, UWP, and Tamarind. The new Microsoft Store even has themes and extensions to Microsoft Edge. Since the old Microsoft Store was slow and unresponsive, I have not been a fan. However, the new version looks fantastic. Unfortunately, the current build doesn’t let you view the app’s last update date. The new Microsoft Store will support Android apps. However, support for this will come at a later stage. It is possible to read more about it below.
6. Android Apps Support in Windows 11
Windows 11’s main feature is its ability to run Android apps powered by Amazon ERC App Store. Android app support is not yet available in stable Windows 11. Microsoft confirmed that Android app support would be available in future builds. There’s more! The best thing is that you can side load APKs to your Windows 11 PC. Isn’t that cool? Microsoft’s implementation follows the same path as WSL 2(Windows Subsystem Linux). This means Android apps on Windows 11 will run natively, and the performance will be pretty good. In addition, Android apps can run on both Intel and AMD processors. This feature is not dependent on the Intel Bridge technology. Learn more about Android app support for Windows 11 in our explanation on Project Latte.
7. App Redesigned
Microsoft has completely redesigned the Settings app after Windows 10’s launch. The new app was built entirely from scratch using a mobile-friendly design that works well on tablets and desktops. The Settings page is neatly categorized with sub-menus and menus and a static menu pane to the left. Breadcrumbs are available for quick navigation, and you can also choose to expand your settings for better clarity. Power and battery usage report are also available ( screen in Windows 11), similar to smartphones. There are also some fantastic themes and other features. Overall, I like the new Settings design, although it is not as responsive and fast as expected. In case you are curious, it still has Control Panel available.
8. Windows Updates are faster.
Yes, that’s right. The background installation mechanism will make Windows 11’s update process much quicker. In addition, Microsoft promises that Windows update will be 40% smaller, making it even more efficient. It will also show you how long it takes to finish an update if it is pending while your computer restarts. This handy feature will help you save time and effort. Windows 11’s new update system is one the most useful, if not the greatest, features.