Microsoft thanks Insiders for helping shape Windows 11

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft shared a video thanking Windows Insiders for helping shape Windows 11.
  • The Windows Insider program launched almost seven years ago before the launch of Windows 10.
  • The video discusses how the feedback from Insiders helped create Microsoft's new operating system.

Windows 11 officially started rolling out this week. Before the operating system rolled out to the general public, Microsoft released preview builds of the OS to Windows Insiders. The company recently shared a video on the Windows Insider Program YouTube channel thanking Insiders for their help shaping Windows 11.

"It's been a journey building Windows 11," says the video's description. "Thank you Windows Insiders for your energy and enthusiasm that helped create a new Windows experience that brings you closer to what you love, empowering productivity and inspiring creativity."

An art director, brand manager, design lead, developer, designer, and user researchers from Microsoft discuss how Windows 11 was shaped by the feedback of Windows Insiders.

Windows 11 includes several new features, including an improved Snap Assist feature, a new touch keyboard, and a new Microsoft Store. It also has a new Start menu and Taskbar, though those have proven controversial.

We have a piece that breaks down everything new in Windows 11, as well as a video walkthrough of the operating system.

If you don't like the look of Microsoft's new OS, make sure to check out our guide on the best apps to customize Windows 11.

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