Windows 11: introduction

7 min

Windows 11 was created to help you connect with the people and things you love, at a time where the PC plays a greater role in our lives.

Windows has been a platform for global innovation. It has been the backbone for global businesses, and where many scrappy startups have become household names. Windows was the platform that birthed the web. Many of us have written our first email, played our first PC games, and written our first code lines. Windows is where people go to create and connect, learn, and achieve. It’s a platform that more than a billion people rely on today.

We don’t take the responsibility of designing for so many people lightly. In the past 18 months, there has been a significant shift in the way we use our computers. We went from fitting our PCs into our lives to trying and fit our entire lives into them. Our computers were not just where we went to classes, meetings, and get work done. They were also where we used them to connect, play games, and binge-watch our favorite shows. We found ourselves reliving the office chatter, hallway chatter, and holiday celebrations digitally.

The most powerful thing about the PC was the transformation we felt in it – from being practical and functional to be personal and emotional. This was what motivated us when we built the next-generation Windows. We want to create a familiar place where you feel at home, where you can learn, play, and, most importantly, connect in new ways.

Today I am humbled to be able to present windows 11 asennus, the Windows that will bring you closer to what is important to you.

Redesigned to increase productivity, creativity, and ease

To increase productivity and encourage creativity, we’ve simplified the design. It is modern, fresh, beautiful, and clean. Everything, from the new Start button and taskbar to every sound, font, and icon was designed to make you feel in control and to bring calm and ease. It was easy to find what you are looking for by placing Start in the middle of everything. Start using the power of Microsoft 365 and the cloud to show you recent files regardless of what device or platform you used to view them earlier.

Windows was designed to help you work as you wish. It offers multiple windows, flexibility and allows you to snap apps together. Snap Layouts are, Snap Groups, and Desktops are all new to Windows 11. This will allow you to multitask more effectively and keep track of what needs to be done. These new features will help you organize your windows, optimize your screen real-estate, and make it easy to see what you need in a clean layout. You can create separate Desktops to suit your lifestyle and personalize them.

Connect faster to people you care about

A key part of getting closer to what you love is getting closer to those you love. In the last 18 months, we have seen a shift in how we connect with people online. We want people to be able to connect no matter where they may be, even as we return to in-person interaction. We don’t want your device or platform to be a barrier.

We are excited to announce Chat from Microsoft Teams integration in Windows 11. You can now instantly communicate with your contacts via text, chat, voice, or video, regardless of their device or platform, whether they are on Windows, Android, or iOS. You can connect to the other person via two-way SMS even if they haven’t yet downloaded the Teams app.

Windows 11 offers a natural way to communicate with family and friends through Teams. You can instantly mute or unmute your phone and start presenting right from the taskbar.

The best PC gaming experience yet

Windows 11 is the perfect OS for gamers. Windows has been a fundamental part of what gaming is all about. Today, hundreds of millions of people all over the globe play Windows. They find joy and connection through gaming. Windows 11 unleashes the potential of your computer’s hardware and puts the most recent gaming technology to use for you. DirectX 12 Ultimate can deliver stunning, immersive graphics at a high frame rate; DirectStorage allows for faster loading times and more detailed game environments, and Auto HDR gives you a wider range of colors to create a captivating visual experience. Windows 11 supports all of your favorite peripherals and accessories for PC gaming. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC gives gamers access to more than 100 top-quality PC games. New games are added every day. It’s easy to find other players, regardless of whether they’re on a PC or a console.

Get the information you need faster

Windows 11 makes it easier to find the news and information that you care about quicker with Widgets. This personalized feed is powered by AI and offers best-in-class browser performance via Microsoft Edge. Even when we are at our best, we need breaks. These breaks allow us to take a break from the world and reset our minds. We often reach for our phones to check the weather, news, and notifications. You can now open a similar curated view right from your desktop. Your personalized feed slides across your screen like glass, so it doesn’t interrupt what you’re doing. Widgets open up new Windows real estate for creators and publishers to provide personalized content. We want to build a robust pipeline for both local and global creators and brands so that both creators and consumers can benefit.

A brand new Microsoft Store, where you can find your favorite apps and entertainment

Microsoft Store is the trusted source for content and apps to create, watch, play, work, and learn. The store has been redesigned for speed, with a beautiful new design that’s easy to use. We’ll bring you more apps than ever, and we’re making it easier to find and discover all content, including apps, games, and shows. We are excited to welcome first- and third-party apps such as Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, and Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Zoom to the Microsoft Store. These apps offer incredible experiences that will entertain, inspire, and connect. You can download any app from the Store with the assurance that it has been tested for safety and security.

We are also excited to announce the introduction of Android apps on Windows. People will soon be able to discover Android apps in Microsoft Stores and then download them via Amazon Appstore. Imagine being able to record and post a TikTok video or use Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning from your computer. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about this experience. We are looking forward to the partnership with Amazon using Intel Bridge technology.

A more open ecosystem that opens up new opportunities for creators and developers

To provide greater economic opportunities for developers and creators, we are opening the Microsoft Store. Independent software vendors (ISVs), developers, and others can bring their apps to the Microsoft Store regardless of whether they are built as a Win32 or Progressive Web App (PWA), Universal Windows App (UWP), or another app framework. This will allow them to connect with more people. App developers will now be able to bring their commerce into the Store. Microsoft gets nothing. Our commerce can be used by app developers with a competitive revenue share of 85/15. Our customers will benefit from a more open ecosystem. They can have secure and frictionless access to all the apps, games, and movies they need.

Faster and more secure for IT

Windows 11 for IT is built on the Windows 10 foundation. It’s consistent, compatible, and familiar. As you did with Windows 10, Windows 11 will be planned, prepared, and deployed in the same way. It will be just like upgrading to Windows 11 by using Windows Update for Business. As you integrate Windows 11 into your estate, you will continue to use the familiar management tools you already have, such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, and Windows Update for Business.

As with Windows 10, app compatibility is an important design principle of Windows 11. We stand by our promise that your apps will work on Windows 11 using App Assure. This service helps customers with 150 users to resolve any app problems they may encounter at no extra cost.

Windows 11 is secure by design. It has new security technologies built-in that will increase protection from the chip and the cloud while enabling productivity. Windows 11 is a zero-trust operating system that protects data and allows access from all devices. To meet the changing threat landscape and new hybrid work environment, we have been working closely with our OEM partners and silicon partners to increase security baselines.

Learn more about Windows 11 as an operating system for hybrid learning and work in the Microsoft 365 Blog.

Now is a great time for a new PC

We have been closely working with our silicon and hardware partners since the beginning of Windows 11. This has allowed for seamless integration between software and hardware. This co-engineering starts with silicon innovation. The innovation of our silicon partners brings together Windows 11’s best with the most extensive hardware ecosystem in the globe, including AMD and its incredible graphics depth, as well as Intel’s 11th generation and Evo Processors.

We have worked with Dell, HP, and Lenovo to ensure that most computers* you can purchase today are compatible with Windows 11 across a range of price points and form factors.

We have combined our efforts to optimize Windows 11 for speed and efficiency. Additionally, Windows 11 will offer improved touch, inking, and voice experiences.

Windows 11 can be used on tablets without keyboards. We’ve made it easier to touch Windows 11. This includes more space between icons in the taskbar, subtle visual cues, and larger touch targets. To make it even more immersive and engaging, we’ve enabled haptics. This allows you to feel and hear the vibrations while you click through to edit and sketch. We’ve also introduced enhancements to voice typing. Windows 11 recognizes what you say and can even punctuate it for you. This feature is great for those times when you need to stop typing and instead speak your thoughts.

Windows 11 will be free for all eligible Windows 10 PCs, and new Windows 10 PCs starting this holiday. To determine if your Windows 10 PC qualifies for the free upgrade, visit or and download the PC Health Check app. Our retail partners are also helping us to ensure that Windows 10 PCs purchased today are eligible for the upgrade to Windows 11. Starting this holiday, eligible Windows 10 PCs will be eligible for the free upgrade. It will continue into 2022. Next week, Windows Insider Program will receive an early build of Windows 11 – we value the feedback of this passionate community.

This is only the beginning!

Windows is much more than an operating system. It’s a fabric that we weave into our lives and our work. It is where we meet people, learn, work, and play. It has remained familiar over time and has been adapted to our needs. We hope that you are as excited about Windows 11 as we are.

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