Windows 11 Start X1foldSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Windows 11 has a touch-optimized experience.
  • The operating system supports gestures and has larger touch targets for easy navigation.
  • Windows 11 also has a new touch keyboard.

Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 11, has a new experience that's optimized for touch. When you detach a keyboard, the OS adapts. Microsoft explains that the new touch-oriented experience works well for productivity as well as entertainment.

Win11 Touch ScreenSource: Microsoft

When you remove a keyboard from a device, such as a Surface Pro 7, the Taskbar spaces the icons out, making them easier to touch. The touch targets on windows are a bit larger, which makes dragging and resizing them easier.

Windows 11 has an improved snapping system, including the ability to have windows snapped on top of each other vertically.

The operating system supports the same gestures with touch as when using a trackpad, such as three-finger swipe down to minimize your windows.

Windows 11 also supports haptic feedback with pens, giving you feedback as you interact with your device.

There's also a new touch keyboard on the OS that looks quite a bit like Microsoft's SwiftKey.

This is a developing story. We'll add more details as they come in.