Windows 11 New Features to Know

Find out if Windows 11 is worth an upgrade

Launched in 2015, Windows 10 is finally being replaced by a new operating system from Microsoft: Windows 11.

This article explains the top Windows 11 exclusive features so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not an upgrade is right for you.

Before you decide if you want Windows 11's new features, make sure the device you're planning to upgrade meets the Windows 11 minimum system requirements.

Snap Layouts

Windows 11 Snap Layout

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In Windows 10, you can easily resize windows to take up either half of your screen. In Windows 11 with Snap Layouts, you can easily resize and position windows in any quadrant of your screen and set them up however you like.

In between the 'Close' and 'Minimize' buttons at the top-right of a window in Windows 11 is a layout button you can now click to readjust and reposition your windows much more easily.

Windows Updates

For much of Windows 10's lifespan, people have criticized the slow and obtrusive way Windows Updates are handled. In Windows 11, Microsoft is taking another major step to address this by promising Windows 11 updates will be 40% smaller and thus will be delivered faster, too.

On top of this, Microsoft promises Windows Update background installation, so users frustrated by their device being taken over by Microsoft to constantly update itself can breathe a sigh of relief, as updates can be installed while you use your device in Windows 11 more easily.

Widgets

Windows 11 Widgets

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Widgets, and other similar features like Interests on the taskbar, have long since been a part of Windows, but Windows 10 opted to not use widgets themselves and instead concentrate those kinds of features into apps rolled into the Microsoft Store.

Widgets are making a return in Windows 11: At a moment's notice, you can access your Widgets, which encompass a variety of useful tools and utilities often specific to you and your location, from the weather outside to your weekly calendar and much more.

Android Apps

Windows 11 Android Apps

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In Windows 11, you can run Android apps natively on your Windows device. No need for an Android virtual machine or another version designed specifically for Windows.

Have a particular game or application only available on Android you'd love to use on your laptop, tablet, or desktop? In Windows 11 it only takes a couple of clicks in the Microsoft Store to get those apps up and running.

Auto HDR

If you've got a modern gaming console and an HDR display, you can enable HDR on a system level, which automatically converts traditional, SDR content into HDR.

Now, this kind HDR isn't nearly as good as content coming with its own HDR implementation, but for users with an HDR display, the ability to actually consume their preferred daily content in HDR is a nice improvement.

FAQ
  • How do I upgrade to Windows 11?

    Go to the Microsoft Store to get the Windows 11 update. Windows 11 is free for Windows 10 users as well as Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 users with a product key.

  • How do I add programs to startup in Windows 11?

    Go to Start > Settings and select Startup in the Apps section. From there, you can choose which apps launch when Windows 11 starts up.

  • How do I get the classic Start Menu back in Windows 11?

    To get the classic Start Menu in Windows 11, open Registry Editor and add the Start_ShowClassicMode value to a key within HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Change the value data to 1, then reboot your PC.

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