Microsoft has launched Windows 11, the next edition of its Windows operating system, which has improved aesthetic features. It comes with a new Start button, a redesigned task bar and sounds, and a slew of under-the-hood enhancements aimed at improving performance and efficiency. Third-party programmes are also more welcome with Windows 11.
The Windows 11 will be the successor to Microsoft’s current Windows 10, which was released six years ago in 2015.
Windows 11 will be available later this year on new PCs and other devices, as well as as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.
Third-party apps are more welcome with Windows 11.
Microsoft and Amazon have announced a partnership to deliver the Amazon Appstore to Windows customers. Users will be able to utilize Android apps on Windows as a result of this.
While allowing third-party developers more access, it also strengthens Microsoft’s workplace messaging platform Teams by making it easier to reach individuals when it first launches.
In a direct challenge to Apple, Microsoft also stated that it will not charge app developers money to use its app store.
If developers have their own commerce engine, Microsoft stated they will be able to bypass the payments mechanism in its app store.
This could cause issues for Apple, which has faced government scrutiny over its app store as well as a legal battle from Epic Games, the creator of the popular Fortnite game, who claims Apple has been gouging app developers by charging commissions ranging from 15% to 30% for in-app transactions because it forbids other options on its iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
According to tech expert Patrick Moorhead, “I believe this will be difficult for Apple in its antitrust talks.” “Apple charges 30% in its store, while Microsoft charges 0% to 15% depending on whether you use its commerce engine. Apple is now being investigated by antitrust authorities around the world on this issue.”
The wider access to third-party programmes, along with the improved user experience anticipated with Windows 11, according to Moorhead, might help Microsoft gain a firmer foothold in the premium tablet market, which is currently dominated by the iPad.
The main code base of Windows 11 is the same as that of Windows 10.
Although Forrester analyst JP Gownder questioned if Windows 11 is genuinely a new generation of software, he said the aesthetic and user-friendly enhancements match CEO Satya Nadella’s commitment to producing products that customers will “love,” not “tolerate.” He went on to say that the fact that it’s based on the same basic code as Windows 10 could really be a good thing, as it could avoid the technical issues that marred the launch of Windows Vista in 2007.
Microsoft hoped that by releasing Windows 10 six years ago, it would be able to reclaim user loyalty among users who were increasingly reliant on tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
For decades, Windows has been the workhorse of the PC. Its first version was released in 1985, with a “graphical user interface” that allowed users to click on icons and menus with a mouse button rather than typing commands onto a blank screen.
Since then, it’s been an important component of Microsoft’s business, though its impact has faded as PC sales have declined due to the emergence of smartphones.
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