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What you need to know

  • A build of Windows 11 recently leaked online.
  • Windows 11 includes a new Start menu, widgets, taskbar, and more.
  • Our senior editor Zac Bowden goes hands-on with Windows 11 in a new video.

Windows 11 leaked online earlier today, and our senior editor Zac Bowden has already run it through its paces. As this is a leaked build, it doesn't reflect exactly how Windows 11 will look when it's finished, but it gives us a first glimpse of the new operating system. Bowden runs through Windows 11 in his hands-on video.

Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 has a new Start menu, taskbar, and several other features. While the UI isn't final, the leaked build shows a large overhaul of animations, layouts, and features for Windows.

Below are a few of the changes found in the new operating system, but it's worth watching Bowden's entire video to see Windows 11 in action:

  • Snapping has been overhauled. The animations for snapping are new, as is the UI for deciding which windows snap to different parts of your screen.
  • Windows 11 brings widgets as well. The widgets appear to be similar to the News and interests widget that's currently available in Windows 10.
  • There are dark and light modes for Windows 11, much like people should be familiar with from Windows 10.
  • Many of the sounds in Windows 11 have been ported from Windows 10X.
  • Touch has been improved, including swipe gestures and improved hitboxes for touch targets.
  • Windows 11 doesn't appear to have a dedicated tablet mode.

What do you think of Windows 11? Make sure to check out all of our Windows 11 coverage to stay up to date with everything about Microsoft's next operating system. Microsoft will also hold an event on June 24 to show off Windows 11.

Sean Endicott
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