In just over a month, Windows 11 will officially roll out to select devices. This means you can experience the future of Windows and all of its nifty features firsthand.

From virtual desktops to snap layouts, Windows 11 offers a healthy dose of new additions. So let's take a look at the top five Windows 11 features to try when it launches on October 5, 2021.

Windows 11

If you've updated your Windows 10 computer, you may have noticed the addition of weather information to the system tray. Microsoft calls this new feature "News and Interests" and its primary function is to bring you news, weather, stock information, and traffic information.

Related: How to Access and Customize the Windows 10 News and Interests Feed

This is exactly how the widgets will work on Windows 11. Windows 11 gives you a customizable feed of information that you can customize to your liking. In the AI-based widgets area, you can find out everything about news, weather, your to-do lists and your calendar entries, among other things.

Also, the more you use them the more widgets will improve as the section adapts and shows you more relevant content. You can also adjust the size of individual widgets to your liking.

Suffice it to say that the Widgets section has the potential to become an important Windows feature in the future. So be sure to try them out once you get your hands on Windows 11.

2. Snap layouts and snap groups

Snap groups function in Windows 11

Multitasking is a big part of the new Windows experience. Windows 11 will take multitasking to a whole new level with snap layouts and snap groups.

Snap layouts allow you to arrange your open windows in different layouts. For example, you can arrange two windows side by side or use the layouts to place them on top of each other. Snap layouts allow you to divide your screen space into different apps in different ways.

Related: How to Use Snap Layouts in Windows 11Once you've found the perfect layout, you can group windows together using a feature Microsoft calls Snap Groups. Snap Groups take a layout and group the windows. By grouping the windows, you can easily minimize them and call them up again with one click.

Snap groups retain their layouts even if you rearrange your monitor layout.

3. New virtual desktops

Windows 11 Task View Virtual Desktop feature

Ask anyone who uses the same PC for work and entertainment and they will tell you how hard it is to keep their desktop tidy. Virtual Desktops on Windows 11 aims to change this by allowing you to create separate desktops for different purposes.

Let's say you are a programmer by day and a gamer by night. With Windows 11, you can keep your programming files and programs on one desktop and create a separate desktop for your games. And you can switch between these different desktops seamlessly from the system tray.

Put simply, virtual desktops will help you better manage your desktop, and we are all for it.

4. An integrated Microsoft Teams

Windows 11 teams integrated in the OS taskbar

Microsoft Teams has become an integral part of many people's workflows over the past few years. And while the integration of teams in Windows 10 is not to be sniffed at, Windows 11 will come with Microsoft Teams built into the operating system.

Related: New Microsoft Teams Meeting and Search Features You Must Try

In other words, you don't have to download an app. Instead, you can launch the Teams app from the system tray and reach people from Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android without tweaking anything else.

5. The new Microsoft Store

Windows 11 storage

The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 doesn't have the best reputation, and people don't use it as much as Microsoft would like. Fortunately, Microsoft finally got around to repairing the store with Windows 11.

Microsoft has promised that the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11 will be fast, responsive, and reliable. It will also feature a new design with better search functionality.

However, the Microsoft Store under Windows 11 will lack the Amazon Appstore integration when it starts. Even so, a new version of the Microsoft Store is exactly what Windows 11 needs.

We can't wait to see Windows 11 in action

Windows 11 is becoming the best Windows ever. Microsoft hopes for improvements in all aspects. Gaming, productivity, communication and development – Windows 11 has features that make everything better.

Let's hope Microsoft makes this introduction and provides a memorable Windows experience.


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Fawad Murtaza
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or typing on Windows, he's either playing video games or dreaming of traveling.

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