Microsoft is expected to release Windows 11 next week. A key aspect of it is that the user interface, codenamed Sun Valley, will be completely overhauled. As we all know, the Windows 10X shell will be responsible for a major portion of the UX change, and as we also know, Windows 10X will not be released. As predicted, Windows 11 is already starting to leak.
Some claimed screenshots of Windows 11 emerged on Baidu (via BetaWorld) today, showcasing the least unexpected appearance we could have envisioned for the operating system. The taskbar is centered, and the fly-out Start Menu is there, just as it was in the now-defunct Windows 10X.
In other words, assuming these photos are authentic, Microsoft meant it when it stated it was removing elements of Windows 10X and placing them in Windows. We can see that Live Tiles, as well as any other type of tile, are no longer available. Transparent icons have taken their place. The rectangular Windows logo, which is no longer trapezoidal, is the only difference from Windows 10X. The Microsoft logo is more of a blue variant.
A snapshot of the Settings page, which shows Windows 11 Pro as the SKU, is the only additional image displayed.
With Windows 11, Microsoft appears to be keeping with the same SKUs of Home, Pro, Enterprise, and so on. This is unsurprising, given that Windows 11 is still running Windows 10 version 21H2 beneath the hood. The Settings app is identical to what you'd see on Windows 10, with the exception of the edition and build number. The build number 21996.1 does not correspond to the RTM build. Because it'll be at least 22000, it's reasonable to assume that certain things will change.
On June 24, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, Microsoft will unveil Windows 11. There will very certainly be additional leaks between now and then. We prepared a wish list of features for Windows 11, but based on this leak, it appears that it will largely be a cosmetic update of Windows 10.
This Windows 11 leak is legitimate, according to the first update.
We were able to obtain a copy of the leaked build in question, and we can confirm that it is, in fact, a genuine Windows 11 release. Here are our initial thoughts on the release. Here are the links to the wallpapers if you wish to download them. Do you want to share your opinions about Windows 11 with the rest of the world? We're paying attention. Do you want to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10? It's a possibility.
We're really enthusiastic about the upcoming version of Windows, and we can't wait to hear more about it next week!
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