Windows 11: The Top Features You Need to Know About

Step aside, Windows 8! Microsoft just announced the next version of its operating system, which looks pretty sweet. Here are some of the top features of Windows 11 that you should know about before the new OS officially launches this fall.

Task view

A new feature of Windows 11 is the Task view. This feature allows you to see all the applications currently open
on your device in one place. It also shows previews of your running applications which can help you navigate different apps without a mouse or touchpad. Task view is great for multitasking and makes it easier than ever before to switch between running applications.

Another new feature, Windows Timeline, helps you resume where you left off if you need to jump between devices, work with several tasks at once, or if something goes wrong with your computer and locks up on you.

Also included in Windows 11 is Microsoft Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer as the default web browser for the newest version of Windows. One of the best features of this browser is that it includes tools like Read mode, which make it easier to read articles online. 

The Reading Mode removes distracting elements from a webpage, like ads and sidebars, so that you can focus solely on reading what’s most important. Other great features include enhanced security, modernized designs,
improved battery life, and more! It’s never been easier to customize your Desktop with themes and taskbar icons too!

Plus, when Windows 11 ships later this year, Cortana will be integrated into the best operating system, which means you can talk to your computer using voice commands. It’s hands-free computing at its finest! If you’re unsure what time it is, just ask Cortana, and she’ll tell you – no need to grab your phone or even type anything. 

And if you’re curious about whether a store nearby has specific items in stock? Just ask her, and she’ll let you know whether they have them available! If there’s an app, website, game, song, movie anything, Cortana knows about it and will let you know immediately. To know more about Cortana, check out our blog post here.

Multiple desktops

This is one of the best features of Windows 11 and will allow you to work on different projects simultaneously.
With this feature, you can be working on a PowerPoint deck while answering an email and browsing your Pinterest boards simultaneously. 

This is a great feature for multitaskers because it increases productivity and allows people who wear many hats in their business or home life to find the best way to do things when they are not tethered to a single device.

 It’s also worth noting that there is no extra cost to using multiple desktops either. Unlike virtual machines requiring an additional license, this feature is free with Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions. However, if you’re on the Home edition, you won’t have access to these desktops. 

If you’re interested in this new and improved feature, but don’t want to shell out money for a new operating system, consider upgrading to Windows 10 Professional.

Connecting your smartphone to your PC

One of the new features in Windows 11 is the ability to connect your smartphone to your PC. This allows you to control your phone from your PC and transfer files back and forth.

You can also use Windows 11’s Timeline feature on your phone, making it easy to find specific files based on when they were last edited. If you do this, you don’t need to worry about whether or not you’ve backed up these files at
home or work because they’re stored in the cloud and accessible on all of your devices. And if you lose your laptop? Those files are still available on your PC, tablet, and phone.

If you have many apps installed on one device but don’t want to download them again on another device, just save that app’s data directly to Microsoft OneDrive so it will be there next time. It doesn’t matter what device you log into Microsoft OneDrive from. 

They’ll always have access to their own data and any data shared with them by other people using the same account. This means nobody has to feel like they’re caring for someone else’s mess.

The best thing about this system is that it automatically syncs files between all your devices, including PCs
and Macs, tablets, laptops, smartphones, Xbox consoles (as long as they’re running Windows 10), and even Apple products (though Apple users may need an additional $5 per month subscription)

It makes sense for users with many different types of devices. I used to dread getting a new device because I would have to spend hours transferring my photos and videos, but now I’m looking forward to switching out my phone for something newer.

I also used to have tons of documents saved on my computer’s hard drive instead of cloud storage. With Windows 11, I never have to worry about whether or not I’m saving anything important locally anymore.

Microsoft has put in a lot of thought when designing Windows 11. Everything seems streamlined and natural without too many annoying pop-ups asking me how I want to proceed. Plus, it integrates seamlessly with the company’s other operating systems, which Android OS isn’t doing now.

I love the Cortana feature, where I can set reminders for myself. It makes life a lot easier and less stressful since things get done without me having to worry about remembering them.

Some people might not be happy about installing a whole new operating system after spending years building their desktop environment, but trust me: Windows 11 is worth it.

Your laptop can run multiple\ desktops (in addition to your Desktop and tablet)

Windows 10 has brought the ability to run multiple desktops on your PC. This is a feature that many have
been waiting for, and it’s finally here! Multiple desktops allow you to create different workspaces for different tasks (e.g., working on one project while browsing social media on another). Setting up this feature is easy – just click
the Taskbar and select New Desktop. 

To switch between desktops, use the hotkey Win+Ctrl+D or drag your window onto an already open desktop. To close a desktop, right-click its icon in the Taskbar and choose Close Desktop; alternatively, you can use Win+Ctrl+F4 to close all open apps within that specific Desktop.

 Another new feature of windows 11 is stylus support:

If you like to draw or sketch digitally, this new update will be very exciting for you. With Windows 11, Microsoft wants us to get more comfortable with our stylus because they know that the future of technology relies heavily on
creativity and imagination.

 They’ve added ink-to-text conversion features along with pen input, so we don’t need a keyboard. Using their
handwriting recognition tools, simply write on the screen as if writing normally on paper. Then watch as your scribbles are converted into text instantly! 

For those who want to go back to basics, Microsoft also added improvements for trackpad gestures. Now you can swipe down from the top of your trackpad to show app menus and swipe left or right from any point across
the surface of your trackpad with three fingers to navigate between recently used apps without taking your fingers off the pad.

 In addition, they included a bunch of new gesture shortcuts like swiping four fingers up or down across your
touchpad to adjust brightness and swiping four fingers left or right across your touchpad to change system volume. There are plenty of other new features,
but these ones are my personal favourites. I’m looking forward to using them and seeing what others think of them too.

Cortana is more than just an assistant.

Cortana is not just an assistant. She’s also a search engine, capable of answering questions and performing web
searches for you. And she can even read articles aloud if you so choose! Cortana also learns from your preferences, interests and past actions, so the more time you spend with her, the more she’ll know about you. Just like a
friend would. With the new Windows Update Center in Windows 10, keeping your devices up-to-date with the latest security patches and features is easy.

Slicing and dicing text, photos, and videos

Microsoft is rolling out a new operating system, Windows 11. It’s not the catchiest name in the world, but this new iteration of Windows has some interesting new features that could change your daily computing experience.

The first thing you’ll notice is the design overhaul. Windows 11 has a modern, simplistic look with much more white space and rounded icons. If you’re used to clicking on an icon for an app and seeing a little menu pop up with that app’s functions, those menus are gone. You now get a task view which shows all your open apps on one screen
so you can quickly switch between them. 

There’s also no longer a start button; instead, a search bar pops up when you click in the lower-left corner of the screen. That bar also lets you access other parts of Windows 11, like settings, notifications, and powering down your computer.

You’ll still find familiar tasks like snapping windows into different areas of your screen or maximizing them for full-screen use. But if you want to move one window to another part of your Desktop, it now feels more natural since there will be no overlap from another window coming into play. 

With Windows 11, using multiple monitors or switching between virtual desktops will feel smoother than before because you don’t have to go back and forth between displays. Customizing what appears on your Taskbar is easier by selecting certain files or folders for display only. 

And Cortana is getting smarter, too; she can offer assistance without taking up screen space like in previous Windows versions. She also offers suggestions based on how long you’ve been working, what time it is, where you
are located and what programs are running.

The Settings app has also been revamped with an interface similar to the Control Panel we saw before Windows 10 was released last year.

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