Microsoft’s Windows 11 has completed its phased rollout and is now ready for broad deployment on. As with any major operating system upgrade, there are some big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11, although the overall shift is less abrupt than previous OS upgrades. In general, you should be ready for a more Mac-like aesthetic and a focus on productivity features — plus the chance to finally .
Let’s dig into the big changes Microsoft made and what’s actually different. And make sure you check out, and how to . Once you’re ready, we’ll show you .
Windows 10 vs. Windows 11: Every big difference in the new OS
Design and interface
Windows 11 brings a brand-new, more Mac-like interface to the OS. It features a clean design with rounded corners and pastel shades. Thealso moves to the center of the screen along with the Taskbar. But you can , where they are in Windows 10, if you prefer.
Android app integration
through the , via the Amazon Appstore. (There were a couple of ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including , 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
Windows 11 lets youin a way that’s similar to on a Mac. It allows you to toggle between multiple desktops at once for personal, work, school or gaming. In Windows 10, this feature was harder to set up and use.
Easier transition from monitor to laptop
The new OS includes features called— 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 easily, without losing where your open windows are located.
Microsoft Teams added to the Taskbar
and is now integrated directly into the Windows 11 Taskbar, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple’s FaceTime). You can access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.
Widgets (well, sort of)
While they’ve been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), including in a, you can now and personalize them to see whatever you’d like.
Enhanced touchscreen, voice and pen support
For tablets, Microsoft has aimed to improve the experience for touch, with more space between icons on the Taskbar, and support for 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
, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to improve gaming on your Windows PC. This marks another move toward integrating PCs and Xbox consoles for Microsoft.
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