Windows 11 Pre-Build Overview
Hello friends. Quite unexpectedly, the Internet was blown up by stunning news: Microsoft is preparing a new version of the operating system – Windows 11. Whereas previously announced that Windows 10 will be the final version of their operating system, receiving constantly updates and evolving within this version.
Today, Microsoft has changed its shoes and decided to present to the world its new brainchild – Windows of a new generation, aka Windows 11. On June 24, Microsoft plans to hold a presentation and announce a new version of the system. But some time ago, a preliminary build of Windows 11 leaked from China to the network and is actively surfing the Internet. The new version of the operating system has not yet been announced, its assembly leaked into the network is not official, the full release of the new system is still, as they say, a pitchfork on the water, nevertheless, let’s see
↑ Windows 11 Pre-Build Review
↑ New Windows 11
So, friends, Windows 11, Windows of the new generation, as Microsoft is going to position it. Windows based on the new modern WinUI user interface platform. An operating system with a new design concept, a new Start menu, a redesigned interface with rounded windows. And, judging by the preliminary assembly, this is a converted part of the Windows 10 interface. Only or even a system transformed into a part of the interface – of course, who should look at it from what angle, but you definitely cannot talk about any cardinal changes. The core of the system is still the NT kernel. The usual Windows file structure has not changed. The new operating system has the old Win32 functionality, even commonly used system applications such as Task Manager, Device Manager, or Disk Management are not converted to UWP. The control panel has not disappeared from the new system, some of the system settings, like in Windows 10, are still in Win32 format, not UWP. The bundle of built-in system applications in Windows 11 is the same as in Windows 10, with the exception of the Paint 3D application, the usual Paint comes instead. And the first has the same editions as the second.
↑ Start Menu
Another key feature of Windows 11 is the new Windows 10X-style Start menu, redesigned for desktops. It is completely different from the Windows 10 Start menu, with a different organization, simpler and faster. And I would even say more thoughtful in terms of usability. There are no living tiles in it, just simple small labels. And this is the first Start menu in Windows history to change its location from the lower left corner to the middle of the taskbar. Yes, my friends, now the “Start” menu is unusually located in the middle of the taskbar, and the shortcuts placed on it, when replenished, move evenly along the sides. The centered “Start” button – as for me, is a damn convenient thing, now each of us does not need to drag the cursor to the left corner to the very edge when starting the menu. At the same time, getting used to the new position of the “Start” button occurs rather quickly. At the top of the new Start menu is a scrollable list of pinned apps. At the bottom – recommendations, profile options and computer shutdown.
The Windows 11 taskbar comes with buttons for the Start Menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, the default pinned Explorer, Microsoft Edge browser, Windows Store. Its context menu has only one option for sending us to the “Settings” system application, to the personalization section, where the panel is configured. Here we can choose the location of the alignment of the taskbar in the center or in the lower left corner (the mentioned possibility of moving the “Start” menu back to the left corner).
↑ Presentation of tasks
The environment for presenting tasks has changed in terms of the location of desktops, now this functionality is at the bottom. The Timeline function has been abolished, it is also the “Timeline”, if, of course, this is not just a problem of a preliminary, and even an unofficial assembly. There have been no new features since Windows 10.
The widget button on the taskbar opens a sliding panel on the left with information about the weather, exchange rates and news. Works when authorized with a Microsoft account in Windows 11 itself or in the Microsoft Edge browser. This is nothing more than the News and Interests ribbon transformed into a sidebar, introduced back in Windows 10.
↑ Notification Center
The Action Center has received rounded buttons, but hasn’t changed dramatically. Again, there is a possibility that it will also be revised in the future.
The new Windows 11 is awesome, but its look and feel is spoiled by the vestige of an essential part of its work – the old explorer. It has not changed significantly, neither the rounded corners, nor the new icons in any way level the Win32 archaic it translates. If Microsoft focuses on usability in the first place of the modern man in the street, and such a conclusion can be drawn from the rethought Start menu, then the paramount task could be set yourself – to make a modern explorer, then the application with which just the same simple modern users work every day … Old school people are unlikely to replace advanced file managers like Total Commander with anything. But, perhaps, the new conductor is also among the functionality that was not included in the preliminary assembly of the system.
↑ Appendix “Parameters”
The application of system parameters in Windows 11 is the same as in Windows 10. But this is with the caveat, again, that not all of its transformations were included in the pre-build of the new system.
↑ Windows and Snap Assist
But, friends, where it is not dark for sure is in Windows 11. Figuratively, of course. They have smooth collapse-expand animation. And rounded corners are smart – they are rounded, unless they are displayed in full screen, and when they are open to full screen, the corners are transformed into straight ones, and the windows fill the entire screen space without gaps at the edges. In Windows 11, the improved Snap Assist feature is the ability to pin windows to the edges of the screen. She has new animation and new features. When attaching a window to one of the edges of the screen, we are still presented with applications for placement on the other side of the screen.
↑ Windows Ink Workspace
In Windows 11, friends, in addition to the taskbar and the “Start” menu, we have another quick launch environment for the necessary applications – the Windows Ink Workspace panel. In Windows 10, this panel provides shortcuts for launching the Microsoft Whiteboard application and the standard screenshot snippet. In Windows 11, Microsoft expanded its capabilities and made it customizable. We can put any application on the Windows Ink Workspace panel – system UWP, system Win32, third-party UWP or Win32. Such a mini-dock turned out to be something like that.
↑ Installing Windows 11
Well, let’s talk, friends, about installing Windows 11. It is installed like Windows 10, and, incidentally, like Windows 8.1 and 7. A preliminary unofficial assembly of the new system exists in the familiar installation ISO image. The installation process at the first stages is the same as for the predecessor versions. Starting stage.
↑ Summing up …
This is the new Windows 11, my friends. All this, I repeat, is just what is in the preliminary unofficial assembly leaked to the network. Probably, after the official presentation, Windows 11 will go to the Windows Insider project for revision and testing. Microsoft marketers will try to create a lot of hype and intrigue around the new system. Windows 11 is activated in the same way as Windows 10. Without activation, as in the latter, personalization settings will not be available to us either. It is very likely that it will be possible to upgrade to Windows 11 while keeping the license, starting with Windows 7.
As for Windows 11 itself, its beginnings look very encouraging. Perhaps this operating system will become a solution for weak and old computers, give them a second life. Lightweight nimble WinUI, running on an optimized C ++ core, will allow the system to interact faster not only with UWP applications, but also with Win32 software. For example, WinUI 3.0 is a complete user interface environment with enhanced interoperability for all types of applications – both Win32 and UWP. WinUI 3.0 has been implemented in Windows 10 starting from version 1809 and, in my opinion, is perfectly represented in Windows 11. But, alas, it cannot be said that it is only a small matter – that third-party software developers either create programs based on UWP, or use WinUI in as the interface layer of Win32 programs. Third party developers have their own goals, their interests, perhaps their difficulties, and WinUI still needs to prove its worth in order to interest them. Microsoft is dependent on third-party developers, can’t push hard on them, or move forward towards Windows perfection itself. Consider the epic failure of Windows 10S, a system with only modern UWP functionality. But in any case, friends, the beginning of perfection has been made. If you have a weak computer, you can simply choose lightweight programs to solve your problems. So, friends, weakly, sluggishly, with respites and smoke breaks, but still we go into the future of IT. Consider the epic failure of Windows 10S – a system with only modern UWP functionality. But in any case, friends, the beginning of perfection has been made. If you have a weak computer, you can simply choose lightweight programs to solve your problems. So, friends, weakly, sluggishly, with respites and smoke breaks, but still we go into the future of IT. Consider the epic failure of Windows 10S, a system with only modern UWP functionality. But in any case, friends, the beginning of perfection has been made. If you have a weak computer, you can simply choose lightweight programs to solve your problems. So, friends, weakly, sluggishly, with respites and smoke breaks, but still we go into the future of IT.
Updated : in order to try Windows 11, you can install its insider build by upgrading to it from insider Windows 10, or by installing insider Windows 11 from scratch. For details, see the article “How to install Windows 11 Insider Preview”.