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WINDOWS 11: A WINDFALL OR A WOBBLY WINDOWS NT?

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Announced on June 24 under Windows NT, Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10. As of now, a preview under ‘Beta channel’ and ‘Dev channel’ of the Windows 11 has been released. The developers have vouched for redefining the overall user experience, in addition to redesigning certain aspects of Windows 10. Before a public roll-out scheduled for this October 5, Windows Insider came up with pre-release beta testing. While things have been smooth previously, the beta-enrolled users are finding bugs now and then pointing fingers at the sophisticated interface. So, is Windows 11 a windfall or a wobbly Windows NT?

AN UPCOMING VERSION OF WINDOWS NT | WINDOWS 11: A WINDFALL OR A WOBBLY WINDOWS NT?

Windows NT refers to a processor-independent, multiprocessing, and multi-user operating system which is the brainchild of Microsoft. “NT” was formerly expanded to “New Technology” but no longer carries any specific meaning. Starting with Windows 2000, “NT” was removed from the product name and is only included in the product version string.

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In addition to Windows 10; Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022 are some of the releases of Windows NT in the last 5 years.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Windows Logo. (Image Source: Microsoft Corporation)

A WINDFALL | FEATURES OF WINDOWS 11

  • FLUENT DESIGN SYSTEM: According to Microsoft, the design of Windows 11 is “effortless, calm, personal, familiar, complete, and coherent.” In addition, translucency and shadows are made more prevalent throughout the system.
  • MATERIAL USED: Above all, Windows 11 provides “Acrylic”, “Mica” and “Smoke” as material interfaces to its users.
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Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Acrylic is a semi-transparent material that replicates the effect of frosted glass. It is mode aware; it supports both light and dark mode. (Image Source: Microsoft)

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Mica surfaces have a subtle tint over the user’s desktop background color. It is mode aware; it supports both light and dark modes. Mica also indicates window focus with active and inactive states as a built-in feature. (Image Source: Microsoft)

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Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Smoke emphasizes an important UI surface by dimming the surfaces beneath so that they recede into the background.
It is not mode aware; it is always translucent black in both light and dark mode. (Image Source: Microsoft)

  • RIGHT-CLICK MENU: On right-click, a round-cornered menu appears with a shadow effect adding a new dimension to the interface.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
The right-click menu. (Image Source: Screenshot of Windows 11)

  • TASKBAR: The taskbar has now been moved to the center giving a resemblance to Apple’s Dock. In addition to the ‘Live Tiles’ feature from Windows 8 being replaced by a set of pinned apps, a new cloud-powered “Recommended” section that shows recently opened files and documents from any location, including a PC, a smartphone, and OneDrive can be seen. The new start menu also includes a search box located at the top.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Taskbar. (Image Source: Screenshot of Windows 11 desktop)

  • TASK VIEW: Be it college, research work, internship, or personal; add as many desktops as you want in your Windows 11. Above all, the users can juggle seamlessly amongst desktops and taps.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
The task view. (Image Source: MrNoob)

  • ICONOGRAPHY & RIBBONS: Both compliment the interface of Windows brainchild.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
The new iconography in Windows 11. (Image Source: howtogeek)

  • THEMES: Windows 11 comes with 2 themes spread over 6 backgrounds.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
One of the 3 dark themes. (Image Source: Screenshot of Windows 11 Desktop)

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
The 6 themes. (Image Source: 9to5Mac)

A WOBBLY WINDOW NT

The latest update 22454 has caused visual havoc in the interface of Windows 11. The update has an indelible impact on Windows 11, best-known for the default central alignment of its taskbar.

Windows 11: A Windfall or a Wobbly Windows NT
Taskbar icons are leaning towards the right. (Image Source: Screenshot of Windows 11 taskbar)

Above all, this has defeated the very purpose of distinguishing Windows 11 from Windows 10. To much relief, one of the developers has said that they will be fixing this soon.

Know more about the update here.

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