Windows 11 launch – what’s new?

Microsoft has launched Windows 11 and there’s some big changes to the long-standing operating system.

New features include the ability to download and run Android Apps on a Windows PC, an update for Microsoft Teams and a new look start up menu.

Experts say the new interface looks more “Mac like” and there’s new “widgets”, desk top gadgets that can be accessed from the taskbar. Teams will also be integrated into the taskbar for the first time and  users will be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.

Windows 11 will also get features from Xbox gaming to improve the experience for anyone who likes to play games on their PC.

There’s also a feature where you can toggle between virtual desktops.

The new Operating System includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts — collections of the apps you’re using at once that sit in the taskbar, and can come up or be minimised at the same time for easier task switching. They also let you plug and unplug from a monitor more easily without losing where your open windows are located.

Windows 11 is currently available for Beta testing and the complete version will officially begin rolling out to all at around Christmas time, although there’s been hints that it may be available as early as October.

If you are a Windows 10 user, it will appear as a free upgrade.

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The image in this story featured in a blog post from Microsoft.