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The latest version of Microsoft, Windows 11 launches with redesigned start menu

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  • 05 October, 2021 23:14:24

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News Desk: Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft's computer operating system, launches worldwide on Tuesday as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.

Windows chief product officer Panos Panay, told the BBC the latest version was built to be "clean and fresh and simpler" for the user.

He promised that the new operating system would not be an "extreme departure" from what people know.

And even the least tech-savvy users can upgrade easily, he added.

Press Start

Windows 11 has some significant design changes, along with some alterations on how the system works under the hood.

By default, the Start menu is centred on screen, along with icons in the taskbar. When clicked on, the Start button opens a menu of frequently used apps.

In some ways, it mimics the appearance of a smartphone app menu or launcher. Microsoft has also dropped the "tiles" which were present on Windows 10's start menu.


Developing Windows 11's interface involved watching how people use their computers - "what they want to click on, where their eyes are on the machine when they come into our labs," Panos explained.

"You get this confidence of learning from history," he added.

For Windows 11, "the Start button is right there. It's right in the middle of the screen. It's not gone."

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