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Microsoft has officially unveiled the eagerly anticipated next version of Windows, and it is called Windows 11. The name comes as no surprise after a preview build of Windows 11 was leaked last week, giving us a brief glimpse of the new features. However, the leak was an early preview build, and Microsoft has announced today a slew of new features that are sure to excite people. As part of the release of Windows 11, Microsoft plans to split Windows development into two branches - a Windows 10 branch for the enterprise that doesn't want to rush into a new OS and Windows 11 for consumers. Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 and will release build 19044 in the fall, with likely cumulative updates from then on allowing the enterprise to slowly get used to Windows 11. For those who are ready to install Windows 11, Microsoft is making it available to Windows Insiders on the 'Dev' channel early next week, with an eventual public release in the fall.

What's new in Windows 11
Windows 11 is the most significant upgrade to the operating system since Windows 10 and contains numerous improvements in both the features and the user interface. The user interface refresh, codenamed Sun Valley, brings rounded windows, updated colorful icons based on Microsoft's Fluent Design, new animations, and updated user interface controls.

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Microsoft announced Windows 11 yesterday, showcasing all the new features and changes that will be coming to the upcoming desktop OS. Besides visual changes, the company also announced some radical changes for the new Microsoft Store — a new store policy, and major visual changes, and the ability for developers to publish unpackaged win32 apps on the store. While all these changes are exciting and are a testament to the fact that Microsoft is quite serious about Windows, the minimum hardware requirement for Windows 11 will discourage a lot of users from updating to the latest Windows OS. If that turns out to be the case, then Windows 11 is unlikely to surpass Windows 10 market share in the next few years. Which begs this question: why will developers bother to publish unpackaged win32 apps on a store that won’t have a significant number of users, at least initially Well, the reason why developers will be publishing unpackaged win32 apps in the Store without giving it a second thought is that the new Microsoft Store won’t be an exclusive feature to Windows 11. As Microsoft announced yesterday, the new Microsoft Store will also be available for Windows 10, which is currently running on more than 1.3 billion devices. So, developers need not worry about whether or not a significant number of users will upgrade to Windows 11. What this means is that apps like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft’s own Visual Studio, Microsoft Teams can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. However, it’s not clear whether the new Microsoft Store on Windows 10 will include Android apps, nor are we sure about when the revamped Microsoft Store will be available for Windows 10 users. Meanwhile, you can read more about Microsoft’s new Store policy here. If you’re a win32 developer., are you planning to publish your app on the new Microsoft Store? Let’s know your thoughts down in the comments.

Windows 11 includes an all-new design and exciting performance boosts too. When running the operating system, day-to-day performance should be much faster. That includes your existing PC when you upgrade to the new update as well as your next device that arrives with Windows 11 preinstalled. Likewise, Windows Hello – which uses facial recognition to log into an account – is also faster than the same machine running Windows 10. Windows Updates have been slimmed down by as much as 40 percent, which means downloads should be much faster. Not only that, but those with devices with 4G and 5G mobile internet connections can keep their gadget updated while they're out on the road. Updates are installed quietly in the background too. Microsoft has a number of layouts to present multiple windowed applications on-screen at the same time. While Windows 10 let you snap two applications side-by-side, Windows 11 takes things a step further. Microsoft will a number of options based on the size of your screen, so those with more real estate will get more choice. But everyone will be able to juggle three or four windows of different sizes. Dubbed Snap Layouts, these configurations are stored in memory. So, you can jump into Outlook to reply to an email, and then return to three or four applications configured in the same grid layout. Likewise, if you have everything set-up on an external monitor, unplug your laptop and then plug it back into the same screen, everything will return in its place. That's handy for those who are working between an office and home.