While it’s quite buggy, there are several new features, changes and improvements it brings over the leaked beta from weeks ago.
If you want to get a taste of Windows 11 on your computer, you can also do it by enrolling in the Windows Insider program. Click here to learn more about the process.
Coming back to the new developer version of Microsoft Windows 11, here are some important changes we noticed.
The new lock screen
Microsoft has updated the lockscreen with a centered date and time, rounded corners around the buttons and the power menu in the lower right corner.
The start menu is more or less the same from the leaked build. However, in the latest build, Microsoft has added a Refresh option for the Recommended section.
Hover function in taskbar
In the taskbar, Microsoft has added a new hover menu, something similar to the long-press function android and iOS devices. Hover your mouse over an icon and you will be presented with a ton of options.
Updated Action Center
The Action Center in Windows 11 now consists of two parts. One part is for notifications and other details and another part is for quick switching, something similar to mobile operating systems. Clicking the date and time on the taskbar will bring up the notification panel and clicking the battery and volume area will open quick toggle buttons.
New context menu for desktop and File explorer
To make it more suitable for touch-based systems, Microsoft added a new context menu with more space between options and changed the optician itself. They look more prioritized than before and are also easy to use. In File Explorer, the context menu now shows copy/paste icons at the top, along with some changes to menu options.
New UI for File Explorer
In File Explorer, Microsoft ditched the Ribbon UI and opted for a much cleaner button-based design that looks nice and clean again and is optimized for touch-based systems as well.
New Settings app
The latest developer version of Windows 11 also gets a brand new Settings app. Almost everything from the layout of settings to features has changed here. Your phone is now under Bluetooth settings. Similarly, the system page shows important details at the top along with some necessary options.
Microsoft Store app
The Microsoft Store app has also been changed from the leaked version. The Store is more like the whole UX design of Windows 11. It is well laid out and feels like a mature Store compared to Windows 10. Now the Android app feature is still missing. But it’s an early build, we can’t expect much.
Well, that’s about it. These are a few changes that the latest build of Microsoft Windows 11 has brought.