Today we will tell you about the release date, new features, and everything we think we know about the new Windows 11. Microsoft confirmed a few days ago that one of the most important Windows updates of the last decade is coming. Since then the rumors and theories have not stopped, and Windows 11 has been leaked showing many new features.
The next version of Windows, which until now was spoken of as simply Windows 10 Sun Valley, could instead be a new version of the operating system. For now, we’ll have to wait until June 24, when Microsoft plans to unveil that next generation of Windows and tell us what’s next for the system. However, there are a few things we do know:
What will be the main new features of Windows 11?
Whether Windows 11 or Windows 10 Sun Valley, Microsoft has been talking about a major visual rejuvenation of Windows for some time now. So far we have been able to confirm several visual and functional changes that Microsoft is working on:
- New default font: just as a survey was recently launched for the community to help choose a new font for Office after 15 years of using Calibri, Microsoft also confirmed that the default Windows font will also change soon.
- New icon colors for folders: the icons for the main Windows folders that have been famous for being yellow for as long as most people under 40 have memory, will now be multi-colored and horizontally oriented.
- Goodbye to Windows 95 and XP icons: the system will finally start getting rid of some of the older, outdated icons it includes from older versions.
- There will also be new icons for several classic applications such as Notepad.
- The return of rounded edges (praise be): with the next version of Windows everything will finally stop being square and flat.
- New floating menus: menus that will also have rounded edges.
- Personalization of the virtual desktops: we will be able to change the background of the virtual desktops individually to separate our work areas even better.
- A Windows Explorer with a less “dense” design, better optimized for touch screens.
- Classic Apps that will be updated independently of the operating system and will be available in the Microsoft Store.
- The new Windows Terminal will come installed by default: this client that Microsoft has been working on for some time now supports things like PowerShell and the command prompt in different tabs.
- The features of the canceled Windows 10X will be inherited: although the development of that cloud version of Windows 10, which was supposed to compete with ChromeOS, has been canceled, its best features will be passed on to the single Windows.
- New App Store: the Windows app store has a lot of room for improvement, and the company plans to open the Microsoft Store to all apps and games, even classic .exe programs.
- New and improved pre-installed apps: the apps that come by default in Windows 10 have never been very popular, and Microsoft has time to form a new team to completely revamp them.
- We have learned that Microsoft, internally, calls Windows 10 in a separate way to Windows Sun Valley, indicating that it may be the successor to the system launched in 2015 and that it seemed to be the last one. In addition, the company has halted the release of experimental versions, something that also sounds like Windows 11 or the successor is close.
- For the first time, Microsoft has talked about the end of Windows 10 support, something that will happen in 2025. This means that the system will lose its support 10 years after its release. Yet another clue that whether Windows 11 or not, Windows 10 is waiting for a successor.
- In the leaked build, we found 15 new features, mostly aesthetic. Among them, new window management will help a lot with productivity.
What will be the system requirements for Windows 11?
Windows 11 has arrived with these minimum system requirements in its leaked build. As in other cases, this does not mean that they will arrive in the final version. The changes are important for Windows 10:
- The system disk must be 64GB or more.
- The PC must support TPM 2.0.
- The PC must support Secure Boot.
- There must be at least 4GB of RAM.
What is the release date for Windows 11?
For now, there is no exact date, but Windows 10 21H2, which is officially the next version of the system and the expected Windows 10 Sun Valley, is planned for autumn 2021.
Already Microsoft confirmed that this update represents one of the biggest in the last 10 years of Windows, so if it ends up being Windows 11, we can expect it around September-October of this same year. We will know more next June 24 during the Microsoft event where we have been promised more information.
What devices will be compatible with Windows 11?
At the moment we can only assume that if your computer is compatible with Windows 10, it will most likely be compatible with Windows 11. Other than that, support for ARM devices was something that was expected with Windows 10X, but now that it has been canceled and its functions will be inherited by the next Windows, we will have to wait for more news from Microsoft in this regard.