On 5 October 2021, Microsoft officially released the long-awaited Windows 11 operating system. As you might expect, it comes with a whole host of exciting new features to make your life easier, more productive, and more fun. Let’s take a look at the best new features Windows 11 has to offer.
The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 11 is its brand-new look. The new operating system feels clean and minimalist, with rounded corner windows and a centred taskbar. There are lots of new built-in themes available, too, so that you can personalise your device with ease.
Microsoft have integrated Focus Sessions into the Alarms & Clock app to maximise productivity. This allows you to use the timer to schedule working sessions and breaks, and it also works with Spotify so that you can stop and start music accordingly. The feature will also keep track of your progress for you, and it connects to the To-Do app.
Tired of typing? Windows 11 lets you talk instead! The new Voice Typing feature allows you to dictate your notes, emails and essays with ease, thanks to the auto-punctuation feature. Simply press Windows + H and then select the microphone icon to get started.
Windows 11 boasts a built-in Xbox app, allowing you to download and play high quality games on your PC. The Xbox app is also available on Windows 10 but the latest version features auto-HDR for better visuals and DirectStorage for faster loading times.
Snap layouts allow you to view your open windows as a grid, which is perfect for multi-tasking and note-taking. Windows 11 offers users six different options for maximum efficiency, including a 70/30 split and a three-way divide.
Microsoft has partnered with the Amazon App Store to enable Android downloads on Windows 11. Windows Insider beta testers are currently enjoying access to over 50 apps, and although this is an admittedly small selection, it’s still a promising step forwards. This feature won’t be available right away, but we’re sure it will be worth the wait.
If you’re unsure if your PC supports Windows 11, you can use the PC Health Check app to find out. Microsoft is performing a staggered rollout of the new operating system which means that even if your device is compatible, you may not be able to download it just yet.