Thanks to a public forums leaked build that made its way to, people have seen they’re first peek of Windows 11. We could also use that build to try out the new Windows 11 installation and see what new features Microsoft has included in the OS. You may now download and try the latest Windows 11 Preview build.
With that in mind, let’s look at some distinctions between Windows 11 vs Windows 10; the latter will be retired in 2025. Follow our comprehensive Windows 11 coverage to stay updated on the future operating system.
Significant differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10
There are significant differences between the Windows 10 vs Windows 11, most of which are cosmetic. However, Microsoft did not reveal everything during the launch event on June 24.
A greater emphasis on the user interface
Many Windows users have grumbled over the years that the feature updates for Windows 10 don’t make much of a difference in the terms of visual changes. Yes, there have been UI improvements, but they are sometimes so minor that many people miss them.
Here are some of the UI features that Microsoft has improved with Windows 11:
- The Settings app in Windows 11 has been redesigned.
- A new Windows Setup screen called OOBE (Out Of The Box Experience) has been added.
- A new, centered Start Menu with softened corners has been added.
- A new search experience in Windows
- Improved Task View (Windows Timeline)
- New desktop, file manager, and control panel icons
- A lot of these graphic components come from the now-defunct Windows 10X operating system, which was based on Windows Core OS. The Quick Actions menu has also been separated from the Notifications, which are now merged with the Calendar.
- When it comes to the Start Menu, one notable difference between Windows 10 vs 11 is that the former has dropped the Live Tiles feature, which was rarely used.
The logo and starting sound for Windows 11
The new Windows 11 logo will be seen right on the boot screen. It now has a flat design, similar to the Microsoft logo, in contrast to Windows 10’s 3D style.
This is accompanied by the new Windows 11 launch sound, which is a welcome change from what we’ve been hearing for a while. Many Windows 10 users may have already disabled the starting sound. Perhaps it’s time to re-enable it.
Apps for Android, Teams Integration, and Improved Touchscreen Support
The Your Phone app in Windows 10 can already pull Android apps from your phone. However, Windows 11 takes the experience to a whole new level. Android apps housed on the Amazon App Store will soon be available in the Microsoft Store. According to reports, users will also be able to sideload Android apps on Windows 11.
Microsoft Teams integration has also taken the role of the Skype-powered Meet Now tool. Although it may seem strange to have a work-oriented feature for casual users, Team audio and video conferences will provide consumers with a native experience.
Microsoft made attempts to optimize Windows 11 for touchscreen devices, including a new touchscreen keyboard, improved Windows Ink support, new battery consumption figures, and a larger taskbar, among other things.
What about improvements under the hood?
It wouldn’t be the case if Microsoft simply tweaked the user interface and dubbed it Windows 11. Of course, there will be more next week when the company has the actual unveiling.
However, it would be premature to comment on internal changes such as app load speeds, performance enhancements, support for new technologies, and so on. While the leaked build on a VM was a disaster, the insider preview on my actual machine has performed admirably thus far. Although there are some issues, such as a sluggish settings app and a few malfunctions, I can still do my work on time.
Should I hold off till Windows 11 is released?
Again, it’s too soon to determine whether or not you should wait for Windows 11. However, it does not appear that Windows 11 will include anything that will not work on Windows 10, similar to how UWP apps do not run on Windows 7. However, this does not rule out the possibility of adjustments. There are numerous UI improvements, and on June 24, we noticed even more additions.
Support for Windows 10 will continue until 2025. So you’re not under any pressure to make a decision right away. How do you feel about Windows 11?
Windows 11 Frequently Asked Questions
Are Windows 10 users eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11?
Yes, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free. According to rumors, there’s a reasonable probability that Windows 7/8.1 customers will get it for free as well. It’s not surprising, given Redmond’s desire to entice the 15% of Windows 7 users who have yet to switch to Windows 8.
Will Windows 11 operate on my computer?
For the time being, Windows 11 is known to work with Intel 8th and 2nd generation Ryzen processors or later. You can use of the PC Health Check tool to see if your machine will run Windows 11 or not by looking at the official system requirements. PC manufacturers have released a list of models that will function with Windows 11.
To the benefit from some of its new features
The design of Windows 11 vs 10 differs significantly. Windows 11 looks more like a Mac. Microsoft made every effort to keep the user interface as simple as possible to create a clean environment for work and pleasure.
The Microsoft Store is an online store that sells Microsoft products.
In Windows 11, Microsoft overhauled the Microsoft Store, making it easier for customers to find things like programs and movies. In Windows 11 and Windows 10, customers will download all Windows programs via the Microsoft Store.
The Microsoft Store will be updated independently of Windows 11 because it is a Universal Windows Platform app. This fall, all Windows 10 and 11 users will download the new Microsoft Store app.
The Task View feature in Windows 10 allowed users to create several virtual desktops, but the options were limited. Windows 11 will be able to create virtual desktops in the same way that Mac users can. Users can switch between numerous PCs for business, school, gaming, and personal use at the same time.