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Windows 11 Debuts: More Modern, Personal, and Emotional

By Dick Weisinger

After decades, Windows remains the dominant computer operating system. But it’s been slipping. It has slowly been losing market share to Macs and Google’s Chrome OS. Windows now holds just 75 percent of the global computer OS market — a five percent drop from 2020. But, an even bigger challenge to Windows have been phones — Windows no longer runs on a phone, and smartphones have increasingly become the center of people’s lives.

To fight back, yesterday Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 11. It has been six years since the last release, and this new release represents a major overhaul of the UI.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s lead on the Windows release, said that “the team has obsessed over every detail.”

Pay introduced the Windows 11 release, saying “these last 18 months have shown us quite a bit and the PC has played a role to help each one of us, whether it’s work or learning or connecting with each other. You might be doing emails, you might be having meetings, you might be having classes on your PC. For some it’s become the office banter place, for others it’s become where you do your happy hours. For me it’s where I’ve done pizza parties with my team, it’s where my daughter graduated, and for many it’s where they celebrated their holidays. During that time we learned something, not just how functional and practical the PC needs to be — and believe me we understand that and we know the responsibility of that more than we have before — but it also must be personal, and maybe most importantly, it must feel emotional.”

From: Microsoft Windows Release

New to Windows 11 are ‘Widgets’, mini-apps that allow live updating of data like stocks and weather that come with more of a lighter smartphone-feel than standard Windows applications. Through a partnership with Amazon Windows will also allow Android apps to run on Windows.

Windows 11 is expected to be available sometime in December 2021.

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