How much does Windows 11 cost, and is it free to download and upgrade?
WINDOWS 11 was unveiled at a big event, but would current Windows 10 users have to pay to download and install the next version of the desktop OS?
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11, their gleaming new operating system. Microsoft announced Windows 11 as the foundation for the next decade of the desktop operating system, which is used by more than a billion people across the world, during an event this week. To save time and broadband bandwidth, Windows 11 features an unrecognizable Start Menu, new animations, improved performance, and smaller updates. Will existing Windows 10 users have to upgrade to get access to all of these new features?
In comparison to its predecessor, Windows 11 appears to be highly modern. It gets rid of Windows 10’s sharp edges and straight lines in favor of softer curves and rounder corners. Every program and system icon has been re-engineered from the ground up to ensure that everything looks consistent – something that isn’t always the case in Windows 10, since old system icons from the late 1990s can still be found in the File Explorer and Control Panel.
A panel of interactive widgets can also be slid over whatever you’re doing on the screen. These little widgets may track stock prices, display news headlines, display a forecast for the next few days, and much more. You can also swipe to fill the entire screen with these widgets, which replace the Live Tiles that were present in the Start Menu on Windows 10 and displayed some information from within the app on the icon itself, saving you from having to click if you needed to check the weather quickly.
The Start Menu, though, is the most significant change in Windows 11.
Microsoft opted to center the Start Menu on the taskbar that runs along the bottom of the screen in Windows 11. The new Start Menu, which pops up in the centre of your screen when you click it, has the same rounded corners as the rest of the operating system. The top half of the new Start Menu design is taken up by a grid of 18 pinned programs, while the bottom half is taken up by Microsoft’s Recommendations.
So, let’s get down to business… What will all of this cost?
“Brinkwire Summary News” is included.