Microsoft’s entire Windows 11 operating system has just been leaked online, revealing an all-new user interface, a new Start menu, a new startup sound, rounded corners, and much more (via The Verge).
The most prominent visual change in Windows 11 can be found along the taskbar. Microsoft has centered the app icons here, cleaned up the tray area, and included a new Start button and menu.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren)
The updated Start menu in Windows 11 is actually a simplified version of what currently exists in Windows 10, without Live Tiles. It includes pinned apps, recent files, and the ability to quickly shut down or restart Windows 11 devices.
If you don’t want the app icons and Start menu centered, there’s an option to move them all back to the left-hand side. Coupled with the dark mode that’s also available, and Windows 11 starts to look like a more refined version of Windows 10 than something dramatically new.
Microsoft is also using rounded corners throughout Windows 11. These are visible in context menus, and around apps and the File Explorer.
Microsoft is also improving the Xbox experience in Windows 11. The new Xbox app is now integrated into Windows 11, offering quick access to Xbox Game Pass games.
Microsoft is holding a special Windows event to officially reveal Windows 11 on June 24th.