Thursday, September 23

The 5 features that I like the most in Windows 11 | Digital Trends Spanish

It was already part of the Windows Insider program, so I was looking forward to trying Windows 11, especially after watching several previews on YouTube. But my update was not showing up. When I stopped caring about it, the notification that you had to reboot to install updates appeared, but since that message appeared almost every day with Windows 10, I did not care about it. Then one day I rebooted and surprise, there was Windows 11.

You know, the most noticeable change is that the Start button and the taskbar are now in the center, very much in the style of macOS. And although the changes surely go beyond the aesthetic, for most users, especially the less technical, Windows 11 will be simply a visual and design change. After trying Windows 11 for a few days, these are the five features that I like the most about the new Microsoft operating system.

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The grid to accommodate windows

I am that user who usually accommodates at least two windows on his computer screen. And also, I am that user who struggles adjusting the windows so that they are as symmetrical as possible. So when by chance I left the cursor over the maximize icon on a browser and saw options appear to automatically adjust the windows, I knew that Microsoft thinks of me. And in you. And in those of us who work like this, with several windows at the same time.

Multiple windows accommodated with Windows 11 grid option

The best part is that there are more options than the two-window layout in portrait orientation. Too bad I only work with my laptop screen and not an external monitor larger than 15 inches, because if I had one, I know the option of working with four windows would be awesome. Surely I would have just one thing to fool around on social networks.

My laptop battery lasts longer

I have an Asus TUF with a GTX 1650, and although I know well that the integrated 48 Wh three-cell battery cannot last more than three hours, that the autonomy of my laptop is so limited is what I hate the most about my laptop. That is the reason why, generally, I work connected to the current and avoid working with battery (from playing or talking). That’s why I was struck by the battery life now that I upgraded to Windows 11. It’s a shame I didn’t have a timed clock on how long it lasted with Windows 10, but doing basic things it barely made it to two hours. Now, with Windows 11, I got to register about two and a half hours of autonomy.

Yes, I know that some users have reported that the opposite happens to them. Nevertheless, Microsoft said that Windows 11 will increase the autonomy of a laptop, so I suppose it will be a matter of some update so that everyone enjoys a longer battery life.

Setting up multiple virtual desktops is easy

Now that multitasking is a chore and work at home a constant, I find it great that Windows 11 makes setting up a virtual desktop easy, so much so that there is even an icon on the taskbar to create them.

Now that if you are wondering what the heck is a virtual desktop, imagine it as an independent screen where you will only have the applications that you opened on that desktop. Since mine is the home office, I use one with Chrome and Microsoft Teams, while in another, with entertainment in mind, I have Steam and a Chrome.

The icon for creating virtual desktops in Windows 11

Give them a try, most likely after using them they will seem like a really useful function. Now navigate between them with an expert by pressing the Ctrl + Windows + directional arrow keys. Likewise, there are aspects in which the function of virtual desktops can be improved, such as configuring so that each one appears on a monitor (for those multitasking users who are in other level) and that the icons that appear anchored to the taskbar can be customized.

The new Start menu and the new Action Center

After trying Windows 11 for several days, the general feeling I have is that it looks a lot like Android. I am not a regular iOS user, but I would also say that it has some of Apple’s mobile operating system. And the new Home button reinforces that feeling, displaying several Microsoft default apps, like Word, Edge, Xbox, or the Microsoft Store. However, you can customize it with the apps or programs of your choice. Also, putting it to your liking is intuitive, very of the type drag and drop (hold the click on an icon and drag it wherever you want).

An image of the Windows 11 Start button

Also, users who feel too rooted with Windows 10 will see that the Start menu has a button that says “All applications”, where basically all the programs installed on the computer appear in a list format identical to that of Windows 10. Anyway, I’m sure that after a while you will prefer to use the search option to be scrolling until you find the program you want.

The revamped Windows 11 Action Center

Another aspect that I like is the renewal of the Action Center (Action center in English). You have access to the basic connectivity functions of your computer, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but if you have a speaker connected with a music app, you will have quick access to the buttons to change the song or pause it.

Android apps on Windows 11

Yes, it is true, the previous versions that you can currently try of Windows 11 do not include the expected feature that will allow you to use Android apps, however, when testing the streaming made by the Your Phone app I have no doubt that the feature will be a notable addition.

An image of the Your Phone app in Windows 11

For now, if you want to use Android apps in Windows 11, you will have to link your smartphone to your PC with the Your phone app. It seems especially useful to me to avoid having to pick up the phone to carry out a banking operation, such as sending a payment or making a balance inquiry. I think that if Your phone transmits the image of the app from my phone to the computer in a good way, optimizing the touch controls to the mouse and physical keyboard, I am sure that the native apps will work in an extraordinary way. I am eager to try a build that allows you to install Android apps on Windows 11.

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