Windows 11 looks a little different. Here's what's changing
Microsoft's new operating system has a more Mac-like look. Here's everything new coming to your PC.
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Windows 11 is the next version of Microsoft's operating system, and it comes with a brand new design and some updated features. The company unveiled the new PC-powering software at a virtual event last week (here's everything Microsoft announced). The Windows 11 beta download will be here in July, but for right now, the new operating system is only available as an Insider Preview build -- here's how to download it.
Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel-like colors and rounded corners, and overall a more Mac-like look. The Windows Start menu has moved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it. You'll also find widgets that give you information on the weather, stocks, news and more.
The new system also includes a feature called Snap Groups -- collections of the apps you're using at once that sit in the taskbar, and can come up or be minimized at the same time for easier task switching. You can also set up virtual desktops in a way that's more similar to Macs, toggling between multiple desktops at once for personal, work, school or gaming use. Microsoft Teams will also be built directly into Windows 11, becoming a more FaceTime-like chat app.