Just a few short weeks after Apple revealed its next generation of desktop and mobile software, it seems Microsoft is about to do the same. The company's next event kicks off on 24 June, and we're expecting Windows 11 to be the headliner. But screenshots of the new UI have already leaked – and some users aren't happy.
The screenshots reveal an updated design with rounded corners, a new dock-like taskbar and, perhaps most controversially, a centered Start menu. Because what use is one of the best computers for graphic design if you can't find the Start button?
here's a first look at Windows 11. There's a new Start menu, rounded corners, a new startup sound, and more https://t.co/VDS08QPsl5 pic.twitter.com/OkCyX3TtmIJune 15, 2021
The leaks, which first originated on Chinese social media site Baidu (opens in new tab), reveal a cleaner interface than that of Windows 10. Gone are Tile boxes, and every window appears to have a softly rounded edge. There's also a new widgets feature (hello iOS 14).
But the biggest changes appear to be reserved for the Start menu. Not only has it been cleaned up, but the buttons now sit in the centre. This might not sound a huge deal, but for those of us who've been used to a left-hand corner Start button since 1995, it's all rather mind-blowing. And it seems some do not appreciate the change:
"The Start icon has been in the same spot on the screen for a quarter century and works fine - let's move it over a few inches for no reason!"June 16, 2021
It's just like...why is it called Windows 11. You moved the icons to the middle of the taskbar and changed the start screen...It's not even a consistent design man 😫 Microsoft figure it outJune 15, 2021
Oh, and it seems there's another issue. With all those soft edges and rounded corners, the whole thing does look a little, well, Apple. Whether or not that's a good thing is, of course, up to you – but it seems there are plenty who would rather the two tech giants' softwares didn't look too alike. "If I wanted a Mac look I'd buy a Mac and I definitely don't want a Mac," one user tweets, while another adds, "Why are they trying to make it look like a Mac that’s the one thing Windows isn’t supposed to look like?"
Of course, this is only a limited look at Windows 11, and who knows – perhaps there'll be some incredible new features and visuals to keep users happy when Microsoft reveals the software properly next week. And hey, as far as we're concerned, there are worse things to look like than a Mac. With that in mind, check out today's best M1 Mac deals below.
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