Windows 11: Android Apps Support & Many More
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Windows 11: Android Apps Support & Many More

Microsoft is holding an event on June 24 to discuss “what’s next for Windows,” but some of the behind-the-scenes work on the suspected future Windows 11 operating system may have already been exposed. According to a new claim from MSPoweruser, there is some indication that Microsoft is working on a native Android emulator for Windows.

The report is based on a specific changelog entry for the most recent Windows Subsystem for Linux version. There are two mentions of Android in the logs. “Fix android emulator window is not movable when no frame,” says one. “Fix android emulator window doesn’t move and crashes when minimising,” says another.

Because the Windows Subsystem for Linux is aimed at developers, it’s no surprise that Android is mentioned. It’s more likely that the changelog just relates to any faults that developers may encounter while developing their programmes. However, there’s still a chance it’s something more serious.

Emulation in the Windows Subsystem for Linux could be used by Microsoft to bring native Android apps to Windows and the Microsoft Store. Rumors surfaced near the end of 2020 that Microsoft was collaborating with developers on a project called “Latte” to achieve just that.

Of course, because most apps rely on Google Play Services, the number of Android apps that might be used would be limited. However, when combined with the mentions of Android in the changelog, it appears like it may be a possibility for the future edition of Windows.

Although it’s a stretch, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may have hinted at this during the Build 2021 developer conference. “Shortly, we will share one of the most significant upgrades to Windows in the last decade to unleash additional economic opportunities for developers and creators,” he said in his presentation.

That wasn’t the end of it for Nadella. He also stated that “every developer looking for the most inventive, new, open platform to build, distribute, and sell applications” is welcome.

It appears that this is a new Microsoft Store that includes Android apps, but only time will tell. In the meanwhile, you can use the Your Phone app and Link to Windows, or third-party tools, to run Android apps on Windows.

Everything we know about the next big Windows update

There’s a reason to be ecstatic for the first time since Microsoft announced Windows 10. Microsoft will hold a virtual event on June 24 to discuss “what’s next for Windows,” which is expected to be a massive event.

What’s the big deal about this? Microsoft is reported to be announcing the long-awaited “Sun Valley” aesthetic makeover for Windows. This is expected to result in a major makeover of Windows’ user interface in a new version of the operating system that could be dubbed Windows 11.

We recently got our hands on a leaked Windows 11 build, which verifies not only the name but also several of the new features.

Price and release date

Although it is almost certain that Windows 11 will be unveiled during the June 24 event, we still don’t have a solid release date for the software.

Based on how prior Windows releases have been scheduled, a release later this fall or early next year appears to be the most plausible. Before exposing the operating system to manufacturers and the general public, Microsoft would need to beta test it with Windows Insiders.14

It has already made preparations for this by putting a hold on Windows Insider builds for the next two weeks as it “tests the servicing process.” As seen in the other photographs in this post, a leaked version of Windows 11 also appeared, providing a first glimpse at a near-final version of the operating system.

In terms of pricing, there isn’t much we can say. But we may make a judgement based on the price of Windows 10, which hasn’t changed significantly compared to Windows 8 or Windows 7. If Microsoft sticks to their idea of “Pro” and “Home” consumer editions of Windows, Windows 11 Home should cost approximately $119 and Windows 11 Pro should cost approximately $200. Obviously, it is the cost of new, unopened copies.

We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft does in the meantime. There’s even a potential that Windows 11 may be a standard free “upgrade” to Windows 10, similar to how Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 were for Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Microsoft might also stick to its current “Windows as a Service” strategy. As a result, Microsoft may continue to update current versions of Windows 10, offering Windows 11 elements as a featured experience pack to anyone who wants it. And all of this would happen while providing other people the choice of staying on the present 21H1 editions of Windows 10.

But this is all just conjecture. Windows 11 appears to be a separate operating system from Windows 10, with Windows 10 remaining as an option for people who choose to use it until Microsoft retires it in 2025. There’s still no information on which devices will be able to run Windows 11. Based on our experience with Windows 10, we expect that any device that can run Windows 10 will be able to run Windows 11.

A visual redesign for Taskbar and Start Menu

Leaked build of Windows 11.

There have been numerous rumours regarding the improvements that may be included in Windows 11. All of them lead to a new version of Windows called Sun Valley. However, we expect that some aspects of the Sun Valley visual makeover will eventually make their way to Windows 11. We say this because a new set of Windows 11 leaks has just shown Microsoft’s progress on the future operating system.

We installed the leaked Windows 11 build and added screenshots of what’s new in Windows 11 throughout this section. The two most noticeable new pieces are a floating and centred Start Menu and a centred Taskbar. They give Windows a completely new look and feel, removing Live Tiles and replacing them with a more touch-friendly design. Instead of Live Tiles, you’ll get regular icons that link to your apps and can be “pinned” for later use.

You’ll see a list of recommended papers and files under your icons, driven by OneDrive or the files you use the most on your smartphone. This is one of the most significant modifications to the Start Menu since Windows 10.

Aside from the Start Menu, another new feature is floating jump lists in the Taskbar, which we have yet to see in the leaked beta. Rounded corners and menus are also new in Windows 11, as is an Action Center that has been rebuilt to emphasise cleaner sliders and rounded buttons. At least in this leaked copy, Microsoft modified the windowing system in Windows 11. When you hover your mouse over the maximise icon, you’ll see additional methods to split your apps for multitasking.

New animations, sounds, and widgets

The animations in Windows 11 have also been improved to look smoother and more natural. This is most noticeable when you minimise and close windows or click on the Start Menu itself. The animations have a fluid look and feel, similar to what you’d find on a mobile operating system.

Windows 11 will also come with a new set of noises, which will serve to revitalise the Windows experience.

Leaked build of Windows 11.

Windows 11 brings back a new “widgets” section, similar to Windows Vista. The widgets work similarly to Windows 10’s News and Interests feature. You’ll see things like the weather, top news headlines, stocks, sports scores, and more if you click the widgets icon in the taskbar. We expect widgets to grow in popularity after Windows 11 is released.

More touch-friendly windows, a new split-screen functionality for easier multitasking, and new tablet motions are among the other new features.

The Windows 10X legacy

Leaked build of Windows 11.

Even before the leaks, a blog post from Microsoft announcing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update sparked a flurry of speculation. Microsoft stated in that post that it will move some aspects of the now-defunct Windows 10X operating system to “other portions of Windows.” It’s worth noting that it said “Windows” rather than “Windows 10,” fueling suspicions about a Windows 11.

Windows 10X promised a redesigned Taskbar, Start Menu, Action Center, and a slew of new aesthetics to a new flavour of Windows aimed for low-cost and dual-screen devices. Microsoft changed its plans as a result of the outbreak. Most of the features appear to have been transferred to Windows 11. If you have the ISO file, you can test out the features in a leaked build that can be loaded on any contemporary PC.

Some of these new features have already been teased by Microsoft. This features a new app container technology that Microsoft Defender Application Guard has already integrated. A updated touch keyboard with better key sizing, sounds, colours, and animations is also featured, as well as an improved Voice Typing experience. Microsoft also worked on improving the fonts in Windows.

Windows 11 features we want to see

Leaked build of Windows 11.

The leaked Windows 11 preview has some cosmetic flaws that have yet to be rectified. We’re hoping that Microsoft can get things in shape before June 24 so that the entire experience can be more unified.

Apart from the cosmetic revamp, there are a number of other features that could be included in Windows 11 but have yet to be shown in any leaks. The first is a new Microsoft Store, which gives developers more money and allows classic Win32 software like Google Chrome to run. A revised settings app, which was just posted online by a French publication, is another thing.

So far, we’ve gotten the majority of our observations on Windows 11 from a leaked build. Things could still change, so we’ll have to wait until June 24 to find out for sure. But, for the time being, the bar has been set quite high. Windows is getting a makeover, and we can’t wait to see the final product.

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