Windows 11 All the Best Features You Need to Know About
Windows 11 has been designed to be faster, safer, and easier to use than any previous version of Windows, and Windows 11 also has some great new features that can help you be more productive. Here are the five best features in Windows 11 that we think you’ll love.
What Is New in Windows 11
So, what exactly are all of these new features in Windows 11? Here are some of our favorites.
Easier wireless printing. If you have wireless printers, then you’ll really like Windows 11’s new wireless printing option. It makes it easier for you to install and set up these printers on your home or office network so that they can be used by all of your Windows devices from one central location.
Easier setup for smart devices. In Windows 11, Microsoft has made it easier for you to set up new smart home devices like lights, speakers and other security systems in your home or office. With just a few clicks of your mouse or swipes on your touchscreen, you can control these devices from one central location. (…) New Windows logo options.
Improved My People. In Windows 11, Microsoft has made it easier for you to connect with people in your life who are important to you. The new My People feature makes it faster and easier than ever before for you to communicate with others—whether they’re co-workers or friends and family members. It works well on both PCs and mobile devices that run Windows 10. Improvements in Start menu customization.
Start Menu and Tiles
The Start menu is back and with it comes a Windows Search feature that can quickly find information such as apps, settings, and files. The Start menu can now be fully customized with all of your favorite apps, or pinned to show just those that you use most frequently. Tiles have also been upgraded—they are now bigger in order to allow for more information on screen at once. These tiles can be resized to accommodate larger amounts of data as well.
The Start menu was arguably one of Windows 10’s biggest selling points, and it is great to see it back in Windows 11. The addition of a Search feature makes searching for information fast and easy. The addition of bigger tiles makes finding information even faster.
With even bigger tiles, it is easier than ever to get at your most frequently used apps. In addition, you can also resize tiles and make them as large or small as you want.
Cortana Voice Assistant
Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, Cortana, has evolved substantially since Windows Phone 8.1 was released in 2014. In a lot of ways, it’s like Siri or Google Now—but it can also be used for more than just productivity and fun.
On Windows 10 PCs, you can use Cortana in a number of ways. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, but I’ve outlined a few of my favorites below.
First, you can use Cortana as a productivity tool by enabling it as your default web browser and setting up certain search preferences. For example, if you enter your flight number into Cortana and then tell her to find my flights she’ll show them on your desktop with all of their relevant details. If you want, you can set Cortana up to give reminders based on places you go or things you search for online—and I’ve found it works pretty well.
Edge Browser & Apps
Whether or not you upgrade from an older version of Windows, you’re going to get Edge. It’s Windows’ new web browser and will be available on phones, tablets and desktop PCs running Windows 10. Microsoft is working hard at building a functional replacement for Internet Explorer, which was once a dominant force but eventually fell prey to competitors such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Split Screen in Windows 11 lets you run multiple apps side by side. This is a great feature, but it can get confusing when you have a lot of open applications. Pressing CTRL + ALT + DOWN ARROW will minimize all but one window, which can help declutter your screen if it’s getting crowded. To re-open minimized windows, just use CTRL+UP ARROW until you find what you’re looking for.
How do you like your desktops? Do you like them crowded or clean and tidy? With virtual desktops, you can have both. This nifty little feature is one of Windows’ best-kept secrets—and it might just be my favorite in Windows 8.1. It lets you create as many virtual desktops as your computer can handle (the first one is free!) so that you can organize your apps and desktop clutter into neat little piles. No more hunting for windows!