Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 operating system was leaked online today. After screenshots were first posted on the Chinese site Baidu, the entire Windows 11 leak and the operating system appeared online with a new user interface, Start menu, and more.
The new Windows 11 user interface and Start menu are basically the same as those found in Windows 10X. Microsoft was simplifying Windows for dual-screen devices, before scrapping the project in favor of Windows 11. Visually, you’ll see that the most important changes can be found in the taskbar. Microsoft has centered the app icon here, cleaned up the tray area, and included a new Start button and menu.
This updated Start menu is a simplified version of what is currently in Windows 10, without the live tiles. This includes pinned apps, recent files, and the ability to quickly shut down or reboot Windows 11 devices. It’s actually a lot more streamlined in Windows 10 than it is today.
If you don’t want the app icon and the Start menu to remain in the middle, there is an option to move them all to the left. With Dark Mode that is also available, Windows 11 is starting to look like a more refined version of Windows 10 than something dramatically new.
Microsoft also uses rounded corners in Windows 11. These are visible in the context menu and surrounding applications and in File Explorer. The start menu itself also includes rounded corners. This is still an early version of Windows 11 that has been leaked, so it’s not all-inclusive yet.
We expect to see more changes to built-in apps within Windows 11, but most of them are yet to be seen. However, a large part of the operating system seems to be finished, so we hope to see a beta version of it soon for Windows Insiders to test.
You may have noticed a new icon on the Windows 11 taskbar and it is labeled Widgets in the operating system. Rumors have suggested that Microsoft is bringing back Windows widgets, and this first version includes some.
Since this is apparently a very early version of Windows 11, widgets are not fully loaded into the operating system but are designed to slide around and provide quick access to news, weather, and other web content.
Windows 11 also includes new Instant Controls that you can access with the Maximize button in all applications. They are the modern equivalent of the cascading window feature that has been present in operating systems for years. You can snap windows side by side or organize them into sections on your desktop.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there has been any major update to the Windows Store yet. Since this is one of the first leaked versions, the updates that Microsoft is planning are yet to appear.
The Windows Store interface is pretty much the same as it is in Windows 10 right now, with access to the same apps that are available today.
Microsoft has reportedly been working on a new Windows App Store in recent months and rumors suggest that it will be a bigger change than it is today. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has promised to “unlock more financial opportunities for developers and creators” with Windows, and that will likely come in the form of a new store.
Microsoft is reportedly overhauling its Windows App Store to allow developers to submit any Windows app, including browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Microsoft may also consider allowing third-party commerce platforms in apps, allowing developers to avoid the deduction that Microsoft typically takes from in-app purchase systems.
Microsoft has been hinting that it is ready to release Windows 11. The software giant is holding a special Windows event to reveal its next operating system on June 24. The event begins at 11 a.m. ET and the event invitation include a window that creates a shadow with an outline that looks like the number 11. Microsoft executives have also been teasing a “next-generation Windows” announcement for months, and this leak now confirms. that Windows 11 will be officially revealed later this month.
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