Windows 11 leaks invoke Windows 10x design, tease new Start menu

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in General Discussion edited June 18
Windows 11 will shake up its interface with a new Start menu and bring the taskbar toward the center of the screen, a move that echoes the positioning of the dock in macOS.




Microsoft's next iteration of Windows, Windows 11, may bring with it an overhauled interface, new images surfacing on Tuesday seem to indicate. Screenshots of the desktop allegedly show there are many small changes being brought into the operating system, which could simplify the interface from its current Windows 10 appearance.

First surfacing via Baidu before being more widely distributed, including images published by The Verge, Windows 11 combines many elements introduced with Windows 10X with some new ideas. One chief concept is the centralization of icons on the task bar.

Typically the apps in use appear next to the Start menu icon on the bottom left of the screen, but images show the row of icons are instead brought to the center of the bar itself. The Start icon is part of this new center-aligned group, while other elements such as volume controls and the clock, continue to reside in the bottom right corner.

Widgets seem to be returning in Windows 11, while Live Tiles are disappearing.
Widgets seem to be returning in Windows 11, while Live Tiles are disappearing.


The Start menu has been apparently simplified to what was previously shown in Windows 10X, losing the Live Tiles of Windows 10 in favor of pinned apps and recent files. Microsoft has also apparently gone for round corners throughout the interface, while widgets are appearing to make a comeback.

Among other changes are a new setup experience that takes users through the configuration process, and an improved Xbox app with deeper integration within Windows.

Microsoft is believed to be preparing to launch a new version of Windows, with executives teasing a "next generation of Windows" announcement for quite some time. A special event is expected to feature a preview of the next version of Windows on June 24.

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  • Reply 1 of 30
    lam92103lam92103 Posts: 52member
    Until they get rid of the old buggy code & the registry, what is the point? Windows is a shit show only due to their uncompromising backward compatibility stance. Instead just split it up into 2 lines. Make a version of Windows for people who need the old cruft & are still using applications written for DOS and make a version that is for normal people
    KTRStrangeDayslkruppdewmedysamoriarepressthisseanjwilliamlondonAlex_Vjony0
  • Reply 2 of 30
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,891member
    Still 32-bit
    BeatswilliamlondonAlex_V
  • Reply 3 of 30
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 1,183member
    It still looks kind of like it was designed by people who would really prefer if it was just a DOS prompt.
    repressthisseanjwilliamlondonhydrogenAlex_V
  • Reply 4 of 30
    I hope that they unified the Setting and Control Panel, always baffled me why they have two locations/apps to change settings.
    roundaboutnowStrangeDaysdysamoriarepressthiswilliamlondonAlex_V
  • Reply 5 of 30
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,712member
    OMG it’s still happening. The microsoft Tick-Tock. Every other version of Windows is terrible. 10 was good, 8 was terrible, 7 was good, Vista was terrible, XP was good, ME was terrible.

    From the looks of this interface it appears that Win 11 could well be a tock.
    KTRmuthuk_vanalingamAlex_Vjony0
  • Reply 6 of 30
    KTRKTR Posts: 165member
    lam92103 said:
    Until they get rid of the old buggy code & the registry, what is the point? Windows is a shit show only due to their uncompromising backward compatibility stance. Instead just split it up into 2 lines. Make a version of Windows for people who need the old cruft & are still using applications written for DOS and make a version that is for normal people
    YEAH, THEY SHOULD DO AWAY WITH THE REGISTRY
    dysamoriaseanjwilliamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 30
    KTRKTR Posts: 165member
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LINUX KERNAL WITH A VISTA LOOK
  • Reply 8 of 30
    mobirdmobird Posts: 621member
    They should have announced that it is coming to Apple M-series computers...
    dysamoriaKTRBeats
  • Reply 9 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,565member
    lam92103 said:
    Until they get rid of the old buggy code & the registry, what is the point? Windows is a shit show only due to their uncompromising backward compatibility stance. Instead just split it up into 2 lines. Make a version of Windows for people who need the old cruft & are still using applications written for DOS and make a version that is for normal people
    Yeah the registry is the worst. As a Windows dev I hate having to deal with it and looking for keys that I need to see if things are installed properly. 

    They should just do what the rumors say - switch to a Linux kernel under the hood. Now that they’re rebranding cross-platform .NET Core as the regular .NET, maybe this is where they’re going. 
    edited June 15 muthuk_vanalingamAlex_V
  • Reply 10 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,565member
    I hope that they unified the Setting and Control Panel, always baffled me why they have two locations/apps to change settings.
    Yup. Every time I have to change my mouse settings in 10 I have to dick around looking for the correct version of settings to do it. Having multiple layers of UI is madness. 
    dysamoriamuthuk_vanalingamAlex_V
  • Reply 11 of 30
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,452member
    KTR said:
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LINUX KERNAL WITH A VISTA LOOK
    You must live somewhere where cannabis is legal. That must be one helluva toke you are hitting.
    repressthismarcotor949williamlondonjony0
  • Reply 12 of 30
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 3,429member
    AppleZulu said:
    It still looks kind of like it was designed by people who would really prefer if it was just a DOS prompt.
    I hate Windows & Microsoft as much as the next Mac user, but what are you talking about here?
    flydog
  • Reply 13 of 30
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 3,429member
    DAalseth said:
    OMG it’s still happening. The microsoft Tick-Tock. Every other version of Windows is terrible. 10 was good, 8 was terrible, 7 was good, Vista was terrible, XP was good, ME was terrible.

    From the looks of this interface it appears that Win 11 could well be a tock.
    I had no problems with Vista in specific. It was still Windows, but I didn’t find it worse than usual. In fact, whenever my GPU would crash in a game, Windows Vista would just restart the graphics subsystem. Windows 8.1 and 10, however, will BSOD. I prefer how Vista reacted. Things went backwards after that.
  • Reply 14 of 30
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 3,429member
    lkrupp said:
    KTR said:
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LINUX KERNAL WITH A VISTA LOOK
    You must live somewhere where cannabis is legal. That must be one helluva toke you are hitting.
    I don’t give a damn about Linux but I did like the Vista UI design. Much better than XP. Way better than this flat BS that’s still a fad today.
  • Reply 15 of 30
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 2,532member
    lkrupp said:
    KTR said:
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LINUX KERNAL WITH A VISTA LOOK
    You must live somewhere where cannabis is legal. That must be one helluva toke you are hitting.
    He's right though.  Windows should be the Windows UI running atop a Linux kernel.
    muthuk_vanalingamAlex_V
  • Reply 16 of 30
    KTRKTR Posts: 165member
    mobird said:
    They should have announced that it is coming to Apple M-series computers...
    Maybe it will run better on apple hardware, than the others.  Also, I think it will make the Mac m1 series look more attractive.  It will have a native dual boot( minus the drivers) system.
  • Reply 17 of 30
    I was under the impression that every version of Windows going forward would be Windows 10. 
    I'm looking forward to Windows 11. I wonder if it will be a free upgrade or a paid one. 

    I bought a Windows 10 physical copy for dual booting on my iMac a couple of years ago. However, on my Mac Mini, I had Windows 7 installed already and was able to upgrade it to 10 for free (I can't remember if I went from 7 to 8 and then to 10, or directly from 7 to 10).

  • Reply 18 of 30
    zimmermannzimmermann Posts: 280member
    I was under the impression that every version of Windows going forward would be Windows 10. 
    I'm looking forward to Windows 11. I wonder if it will be a free upgrade or a paid one. 

    I bought a Windows 10 physical copy for dual booting on my iMac a couple of years ago. However, on my Mac Mini, I had Windows 7 installed already and was able to upgrade it to 10 for free (I can't remember if I went from 7 to 8 and then to 10, or directly from 7 to 10).

    On eBay one can - very cheaply - get a key for Windows 7. After installing you can (still) upgrade to 10. I used this method to get a legal copy to run on my MacBook with Parallels.
    edited June 16 Alex_V
  • Reply 19 of 30
    Still looks it was designed by artists who only draw with polygons, while with this current iteration their big innovation is that they learned to "shave" the sharp corners.
  • Reply 20 of 30
    hydrogenhydrogen Posts: 264member
    lkrupp said:
    KTR said:
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LINUX KERNAL WITH A VISTA LOOK
    You must live somewhere where cannabis is legal. That must be one helluva toke you are hitting.
    He's right though.  Windows should be the Windows UI running atop a Linux kernel.
    Are you implying that would save the best part of Windows ?
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