windows 11is a new version of Windows, and many new features and improvements are
now being introduced to supported PCs.
was launched on October 5th, and Microsoft also released the
Windows 11 ISO image. Unlike the previous Windows 10 update, this new operating
system focuses on consumer-oriented features and improvements and is certainly more than the relatively low-key Windows
updates released in the past few years.
The software compatibility remains unchanged with Windows 11,
which means that old applications can still run. As usual, you need new versions of some applications and tools
to get the most out of Windows.
Below is a list of new features in Windows 11, and all the new
features of Windows 11 that we know.
1. Start menu:
Windows 11 comes with a new start menu and taskbar experience, as
shown in the screenshot below.
Live Tiles have been replaced by icons, similar to Android and
iOS. You can still switch back to the left-aligned start menu and
apply accent colours to customize the appearance of the operating
2. Windows widgets:
Microsoft is introducing widgets similar to Windows Vista
widgets to the desktop. This will allow users to view their Microsoft information on
the desktop and get daily updates on weather and traffic.
3. New Windows Store:
Microsoft is launching a new app store for
and Windows 10. It has been redesigned to help users discover and install their
favourite applications, games, movies, etc.
Several desktop applications including Adobe Creative Cloud,
Microsoft Teams, TikTok, Notepad and Paint are now available in
4. Windows clipboard:
Microsoft is redesigning the Windows clipboard panel, which
includes a new panel for inserting GIFs and emojis into your
applications. You can press Win+V to start the clipboard manager and select
or search for materials through the search bar in the menu,
instead of searching for GIFs and emojis online, as shown in the
The Windows clipboard also got a new feature called "Paste as
Plain Text". As you may know, when copying text content from a webpage or
email, Windows 10 currently retains the formatting of the text
content. If you paste the content into other applications such as Word,
you will find that the formatting is not aligned.
In Windows 11, users can open the clipboard menu (Win + V) and
paste the content as plain text, deleting all unnecessary
5. New touch keyboard:
Microsoft finally redesigned the touch keyboard on Windows!
As part of the redesign, you can switch between multiple
keyboard layouts. When undocking, Windows allows you to switch to the keypad
layout, which allows you to move around the screen easily.
There is a new "handle area" at the top of the
keyboard. You can tap and hold the grip area to easily move the keyboard
around the desktop and applications. Microsoft has also updated the small layout and split layout,
and has a new settings menu to improve clarity and focus on
Since Windows 8, the touch keyboard has been an important part
of Windows, but it has never received additional customization
options. Windows 11 is improving the touch experience, and the company
has also introduced support for keyboard backgrounds.
Under C:\Windows\Web\touchkeyboard, you will find eight new
keyboard backgrounds, each with light and dark variants.
The Windows Settings application also got a new keyboard settings
page to help users understand the colour and size of the
6. New task view and virtual desktop experience:
Windows 11, Microsoft is redesigning the task view screen to provide new
controls for the virtual desktop.
By default, the taskbar has a task view button, and you can
click it to launch the task view. As the name suggests, task view allows you to view all open
windows on the desktop, including minimized or maximized
The task view function also supports "multi-desktop", which is
a good way to separate tasks. On Windows 11, you can rename, reorder, and customize the
background for each virtual desktop.
For example, you can use one virtual desktop for work projects
and another for personal content (such as streaming
media). You can create as many virtual desktops as you need, but you
may not need more than two or three.
As mentioned earlier, you can now also change the background of
the virtual desktop. To change the background, open the Settings app>
Personalization> Background. On the next screen, left-click on the background and change the
background of the active virtual desktop. You will see the background in the preview thumbnail of the
7. Subtitles and camera settings:
Microsoft is improving the subtitle settings in Windows
11. You can find the new controls in "Settings"> "Ease of
Access"> "Listening"> "Subtitles".
We have been testing earlier versions of the operating system,
and we have also found a new webcam setting in "Settings">
"Devices"> "Camera". The new webcam settings allow you to configure the webcam
connected to the device. This includes external and built-in cameras on
From the settings, you can now adjust the brightness and
contrast of the webcam to improve image quality. Previously, webcams could only be customized through
third-party applications, because Windows never provided a
webcam settings page.
There is also a new feature that shows when your webcam is used
by applications such as Discord, Skype, Teams, etc. When the camera is used in the background, the icon on the
taskbar system tray will remind you.
8. Improve Bluetooth audio experience:
Microsoft is adding new features to Bluetooth audio tools to
simplify the wireless audio experience and provide better
Windows 11, Microsoft is unifying the audio endpoints, which means you
can now switch between the microphone and the speaker without
having to manually change the audio endpoints. By default, Windows will only expose one endpoint in the
taskbar and will automatically switch to the correct
This will ensure that you have a seamless experience when
switching between applications such as Spotify and Microsoft
Microsoft has also introduced support for the AAC codec, which
can achieve high-quality audio streaming on your Bluetooth
headsets (such as AirPods).
9. New display settings:
Microsoft is adding new controls to display the Windows
settings page. For example, we got a new "Content Adaptive Brightness Control
(CABC)" option, which can be turned off to improve image
As you may know, some devices use CABC technology to improve
battery performance, but the problem with this feature is that
it reduces image quality. In fact, it can even cause annoying brightness changes and
affect colour accuracy.
Fortunately, you can now turn off CABC in the "Display" settings
via "Settings"> "System"> "Display".
Under the "Advanced Display Settings" page, Microsoft has
introduced a new HDR certification section to educate users
about HDR displays. On this page, the HDR certification of your monitor will be
Initially, this only applies to selected Dolby Vision and VESA
DisplayHDR models, so you may not see HDR certification after the
10. File Explorer layout update:
The default layout of the classic file explorer has been updated
with additional padding to improve the touch screen
If you prefer the old layout, Microsoft has added a new option
called "Use compact mode", which can be accessed from the folder
view options. When you turn on this feature, it will restore the classic
layout and remove the extra padding.
Microsoft previously stated that the additional padding is
designed to better align with modern Windows
features. Since the tablet mode has been removed, the UX of the existing
interface is being updated to make it easier to handle
files/folders when using the touch screen.
Microsoft is refreshing the orientation of folder icons and
default file type icons. These folders include desktops, documents, downloads, and
pictures. The trash bin icon has also been updated.
We got some rounded corners in Explorer. For example, the right-click (context menu) has been updated
with rounded corners and a shadow effect similar to Fluent
File Explorer now has a new title experience called "Command
Bar", which supports the mica material of
Windows 11 and applies the desktop background and accent colours to the
11. Change the file type from settings:
The new Windows Settings application will eventually improve
the "Select Default Application" menu. By default, Windows knows applications that can open certain
file types, and the operating system will automatically
configure applications for your file types.
Generally, it works well, but the automatic process sometimes
selects the wrong application, or you may accidentally select
the wrong application in the "Open With" pop-up
menu. So far, the manual process of changing file types from the
"Open With" menu has been annoying.
Microsoft has made some changes to the Windows 11 search engine
to help improve the performance of the operating system when it
scans the list of available file types, protocols, and
applications on the system.
The new settings application will eventually allow users to
easily find the file type or application you are looking
for. This small fix may be helpful to anyone who has trouble
changing the default application for certain file types.
12. Storage health monitoring:
Windows 11 can now monitor the storage health of NVMe SSDs and
notify users when user data is at risk.
This feature can be found in the "Settings" application and is
designed to detect hardware anomalies in NVMe SSDs. If a problem with your drive is detected, a notification will
appear to remind the user that it’s time to take
action. The notice will urge users to back up and start the restoration
13. Optimized drive tools are getting better and better:
In Windows 11, some traditional functions such as "optimized
drive" have also been slightly improved.
For example, we got a new "Advanced View" checkbox, which will
show your hidden volumes. There is also a new checkbox "Current Status", which will
contain more detailed information when the volume is not
available for defragmentation.
14. New emoji:
Microsoft also introduced new emojis designed to support Emoji
12.1 and 13.0.
Microsoft added more than 200 new glyphs. These include tea emojis, teary smiley faces, ninjas and
more. As part of the Windows update, the operating system now uses a
gender-neutral emoji design.
The existing emojis have also been visually modified to improve
consistency between Microsoft products.
15. New fonts:
Microsoft is updating the default font UI Segoe for the entire
system. As part of the transformation, you will notice the new Segoe
Fluent icon in applications such as Settings and Control
Panel. Segoe MDL2 assets for the store and start menu will include new
icon designs with rounded corners and a uniform
Windows Update will also introduce a new Segoe UI variable to
optimize system fonts for all form factors, including display
sizes from small to large. This new font technology will provide excellent legibility for
all sizes, including small and large.
16. Improvements in Windows Sandbox:
Microsoft is using Windows 10X technology to provide support
for Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application
Guard. This new special container technology is designed and optimized
for container scenarios, and it will significantly improve the
startup time of Windows Sandbox.
For those who don't know, Windows Sandbox provides an isolated
temporary virtual environment to download and run unknown and
In addition, Windows Sandbox has been updated to the new
Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.
17. Removed bloated software:
Windows 11 will also remove unnecessary applications and bloated
For example, 3D Viewer and Paint 3D will no longer be
pre-installed on Windows. If needed, you can find these apps in the app store.
Due to low usage, Microsoft also removed the math input
panel. However, you can still download and install the "Math Input
Panel" through "Settings"> "Applications"> "Apps and
Features" to use the input control and math recognition
18. The old native apps are now updated through the app
Applications such as "Drawing", "Notepad" and "Screenshots" can
now be updated through the Microsoft Store. These applications can now be updated outside of the major
Windows updates, and Microsoft has also updated the application
icons. Similarly, "Drawing" has been "elevated", and it has its own
place in the start menu outside of the Windows accessories
Windows Update retains the old screenshot tool and can now be
updated through the Microsoft Store.
19. Windows tools:
Microsoft is introducing a new "Windows Tools" folder, which will
open in File Explorer and contain links to advanced applications
such as PowerShell and Windows accessories.
Microsoft basically organizes management and system tools under
the Windows tools folder. As part of this work, Windows PowerShell and other tools have
now been removed from the Start> All Applications list.
These tools can now be accessed through the Windows tools
folder. Of course, you can still find PowerShell through the Windows 11
start menu to Windows Search. As part of this work, Microsoft also moved the File Explorer to
its own position in the Start menu.