Tuesday, June 15th 2021

Windows 11 ISO Leaks to the Web, New Start Screen, Mac-like Centered Dock, Rounded Edges

Alleged screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming operating system, the Windows 11, were leaked to the web ahead of its June 24 unveiling. The screenshots reveal a user interface that has several tie-ins with the current Windows 10, although enough is there to set it apart. For starters, the Start "menu" (if you can call it that), looks less like a menu, and more like a pop-out window with icons and actions, much like the macOS Finder. Icons pinned to the taskbar or open, are centered. The clock and system tray is still where it should be.

Windows Explorer features a familiar ribbon-type user interface, although there are changes to the icons. It's laid out exactly like in Windows 10. A thing to notice here is the window theme itself, which is single-tone, and with rounded edges. The "News and Interests" menu that surfaced in the recent Windows 10 update is more full-featured. User interface is only a fraction of what makes up a Windows major version, and Windows 11 is said to feature major under-the-hood changes, such as a new scheduler that's better suited for the upcoming hybrid x86 core processors from Intel and AMD.
Source: The Verge
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243 Comments on Windows 11 ISO Leaks to the Web, New Start Screen, Mac-like Centered Dock, Rounded Edges

#1
matar
Does it improve FPS that's all we care about.
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#2
TheEndIsNear
Dammit if they are going to make it like a Mac I'm going to Linux
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#3
robot zombie
matarDoes it improve FPS that's all we care about.
I dunno... stability, security, usability, flexibility, customization... those are pretty important.
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#4
Lionheart
Bring back the Windows 7 transparent shiny gloss to the windows/taskbar, looked way better than this current matt flat look we have now days.
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#5
Chomiq
Classic MS - we don't know what to do so let's move things around and see what happens.
You simply have to use Teams for month to see how chaotic they are in their execution.
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#6
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
TBH. This Ui smells like it was a Ui designed for mobile devices.
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#7
birdie
LionheartBring back the Windows 7 transparent shiny gloss to the windows/taskbar, looked way better than this current matt flat look we have now days.
To be honest Vista and 7 were the best looking OSes from Microsoft ever. Since W8 it's been all downhill.
FreedomEclipseTBH. This Ui smells like it was a Ui designed for mobile devices.
Um, what? Have you been living under the rock? This has been the idea since Windows 8.
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#8
Fouquin
FreedomEclipseTBH. This Ui smells like it was a Ui designed for mobile devices.
So. Much. Padding.

Every icon is a million miles apart and you can't tighten the grid. Just wasting screen space for the hell of it.

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#9
Lionheart
FreedomEclipseTBH. This Ui smells like it was a Ui designed for mobile devices.
Oh god, Microsoft already destroyed Nokia, are they after another Phone/Mobile company? :pimp:
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#10
TheOne
So just Windows 10X.
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#11
lZKoce
ChomiqYou simply have to use Teams for month to see how chaotic they are in their execution.
Not sure what you mean. Company I work for, switched to Teams a couple of months ago as their main webex service. Have been using it at work every single day since then. Haven't experienced any major issues with it.
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#12
Chomiq
lZKoceNot sure what you mean. Company I work for, switched to Teams a couple of months ago as their main webex service. Have been using it at work every single day since then. Haven't experienced any major issues with it.
So you must have been having some meetings right? Participants displayed above, next week on the right, then arranged in a grid. Three people in a call, their icons are displayed in dead center so it looks like Teams' cross-eyed. "Let's add applause action".
And yet they still can't get the stupid screen sharing right. Just today I was able to turn on the camera of person that was sharing the screen by clicking... invisible icon that was in the correct place.
The worse part is that MS has convinced people that they no longer need to provide people RDP access, they simply have a meeting and share their screen to you and grant you control, right?
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#13
silentbogo
Those new icons look like my first attempts at SVG pictograms in Inkscape... Current set is at least passable, I hope they'll leave the option to switch back.
OSXy taskbar is a good thing. I've been using something like this on Ubuntu and older versions of Windows(since XP), but ended up being too lazy to find a solution to realign my app buttons in W10.
The rest - don't care about and will likely disable. Can't even stand their new weather widget near system tray, which requires you to sign in with MS account in order to change locale and location.
LionheartOh god, Microsoft already destroyed Nokia, are they after another Phone/Mobile company? :pimp:
That's what I thought before, but given their recent history I think Nokia destroyed Nokia. Their refreshed smartphone business was promising, but formally lasted a year with one product lineup cycle. No proper flagships since my Nokia 8, no OLED models, not a hint of "legendary reliability"... everything is sub-mediocre and overpriced, even feature phones.
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#14
mouacyk
robot zombieI dunno... stability, security, usability, flexibility, customization... those are pretty important.
I suppose... MS does have a few XBoxes to sell.
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#15
Unregistered
LionheartBring back the Windows 7 transparent shiny gloss to the windows/taskbar, looked way better than this current matt flat look we have now days.
No thanks.

Got my hands on a Windows 11 .iso, time to test this out.
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#16
AusWolf
It looks exactly like windows 10 to me.
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#17
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
birdieUm, what? Have you been living under the rock? This has been the idea since Windows 8.
Im just saying. Water is wet.

In terms of 'mobile devices' I mean devices like tablets such as their surface tab. This Ui looks very android or macOS like
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#18
Fouquin
Also just to correct the title @btarunr the leaked ISO is the all in one image. It's not just Pro.

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#19
delshay
matarDoes it improve FPS that's all we care about.
It must have something new for DirectX. ..Vulkan 2.0 should be here by the end of the year or first quarter next year. I just know Vulkan 2.0 is is being worked on...
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#20
mechtech
Rounded corners you say. Hey MS, my video card and monitor can display more than 8 colours. Just saying ;)

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#21
Hardware Geek
It just seems somehow right that Microsoft declared Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows then not even change the name for the next version. I just thought they meant they were going to change them name of their operating system to something else.
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#22
lZKoce
ChomiqSo you must have been having some meetings right? Participants displayed above, next week on the right, then arranged in a grid. Three people in a call, their icons are displayed in dead center so it looks like Teams' cross-eyed. "Let's add applause action".
And yet they still can't get the stupid screen sharing right. Just today I was able to turn on the camera of person that was sharing the screen by clicking... invisible icon that was in the correct place.
The worse part is that MS has convinced people that they no longer need to provide people RDP access, they simply have a meeting and share their screen to you and grant you control, right?
OK, yeah, now that you mention it, I agree. I constantly look for my participant's list when I share my screen. Pretty annoying alright. Ok, you got me on board for your cause :)
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#23
Lionheart
EmilyNo thanks.

Got my hands on a Windows 11 .iso, time to test this out.
It's not for everyone I guess.

Cool, if you can be bothered let me/us know how Win11 is, cheers.
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#24
Chane
nope, it better have an option to move start to the left. I hate this centered look.
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#25
TechLurker
Man, I had to double-check the date. I was hit with some hard nostalgia of the early 2000s when Apple first got this updated look, and there were a few Windows UI Theme Packs that crudely overrode the default UI in favor of a Mac-style UI. Because this is almost exactly what it looks like, just in higher res.

At this rate, I think I'm actually going to end up spending a bit on StarDock's Windows UI overhauls to get back my Win7 style setup and some functionality back.
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