Windows 11 is in use by thousands of businesses, and Microsoft has already released numerous major updates and changes since its launch in October 2021. For users who are only just moving over, we have compiled a list of a few changes that Microsoft have made between Windows 10 and 11 that you might not be aware of.
Just a tip: If you’re thinking of upgrading or moving over to Windows 11, make sure you read the Windows 11 upgrade guide. Even if all your programs and files should successfully survive the software upgrade, it’s a good idea to double-check that you have backups prepared in case something unplanned occurs.
1. Snap Layouts
The ability to move open windows to the side or corner of the screen to “snap” them in place and organize your apps next to one another is still available in Windows 10, however, Windows 11 improves on this. To display a list of predefined layouts, hover the mouse above the maximize/minimize button on a window or press Win+Z. The configurations that are accessible will depend on the width of your display, but the feature is now even more powerful.
2. Manage Multiple Desktops Faster
Virtual desktops, which Microsoft simply refers to as “desktops,” were already supported by Windows 10, but Windows 11 makes them more accessible and easier to use. After installing the new OS, you’ll by default notice a Desktops button at the bottom of the taskbar. To create some more room, hover over it and select New desktop. Desktops provide more space for your programs without adding any additional physical monitors.
3. Open Files Straight from the Start Menu
One of the first changes in Windows 11 is the revamped Start menu, which now serves as a centre for your file and browsing history as well as a list of application shortcuts. However, keep an eye out for them. The specific files you’ll see will depend on whether you utilize Microsoft (Office) 365 and how many Windows 11 PCs you have synchronized across the cloud. To configure the function, go to Personalization and Start from Windows Settings.
4. Keep Your Focus with the Clock App
Windows 11’s Clock app will do more than just display the time; it will also assist you in maintaining concentration throughout designated work and study sessions. Open the Clock app, then select Focus sessions from the left-hand panel. After clicking ‘Get Started’, you’ll be asked to set up your assignments and deadlines. This works with Windows 11’s To-Do app as well, and you can even add songs from a Spotify playlist to keep your mind completely focused.
5. Quickly Connect to Microsoft Teams
Fans of Microsoft’s Slack alternative, rejoice! After updating the operating system, Teams is now incorporated front and centre in Windows 11 and Microsoft is promoting it as the main method of staying in touch with friends, family, and coworkers. If this is the first time you’ve used Microsoft Teams, click ‘Get Started’ on the opening screen and follow the instructions to connect with others via text, voice, or video chat.
6. Enjoy a Modern-Looking Windows
With Windows 11, the software’s aesthetics have undergone a significant redesign, making everything look much more contemporary and tailored to the devices of today. It is more aesthetically pleasing overall thanks to greater use of space, colour, and iconography than Windows 10, as evidenced by opening File Explorer or Windows Settings, for example.
7. Get More Stats on Battery Usage
You can see a more in-depth analysis of how your laptop or tablet battery is depleting on Windows 11 by opening the Windows Settings app, going to System, and then selecting Power & battery. Select Battery usage for even more stats. It is a part of an effort to improve Windows’ performance on tablets and 2-in-1 devices, which also entails creating an interface that is simpler to use without a keyboard and a touchscreen.
8. Try Out the New and Improved Microsoft App Store
The Microsoft Store has been updated and improved in Windows 11 with greater curation, stronger connection with digital content, and a more refined appearance. Even though the applications themselves are still sporadic, it’s now simpler to navigate. More advancements are anticipated soon, especially when it comes to gaming, which Microsoft is promoting with Windows 11.
9. Use Secondary Displays Hassle-Free
How secondary displays are identified is one of the upgrades that Windows 11 brings that you might not notice right away. Programs should now remember their former positions on an external monitor, so if you disconnect and then rejoin, they will revert to that position. Even though it’s a modest modification, anyone who uses multiple monitors will find it very useful.
10. Manage Taskbar Widgets
Via Windows 10, widgets were only hinted at in a pop-up window next to the notification area. In Windows 11, however, widgets receive their own icon on the taskbar and there is a larger selection to choose from. To view news, the weather, your upcoming calendar events, Windows 11 tips, and more, click the taskbar icon. You can choose which widgets appear on the screen and which don’t by selecting the ‘Add Widgets’ option.
11. Run Android Apps
When Microsoft finally releases the upgrade, Windows 11 will soon be able to run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore, despite this capability not being accessible at launch. For the time being, we are unsure of the precise date, but we do know that they will function similarly to regular Windows programs; for instance, you should be able to snap them to the screen’s boundaries or pin them to the taskbar.
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