Windows 11 leak shows Microsoft is aiming to look more like Apple – and it might let third party app developers avoid the ‘Apple tax’ 


  • Images reportedly taken from Windows 11 appeared on Chinese site Baidu
  • They feature a simplified design with rounded corners on windows and apps
  • Windows 11 will introduce 24 new regular wallpapers and 8 keyboard skins
  • The new OS will also reportedly come with a new start-up sound
  • Some images pointed to Xbox and Game Pass app integration in Windows 11
  • Microsoft announced on Monday that support for Windows 10 will end in 2025

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system (OS) have leaked online ahead of an expected June 24 rollout — and Apple should be flattered.

While the changes appear mostly cosmetic, they include a new Start menu, home screen and start-up sound.

Experts say the changes are aimed at giving the system a more modern Mac-like appearance.

Long-running improvements to the Windows Store, including allowing in-app sales from third-party platforms, may appear in Windows 11.

No signs of Microsoft’s long-running improvements to the Windows Store were included in the leak.

change in store, which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Will ‘unlock greater economic opportunities for developers and creators’, which may include allowing in-app sales from third-party platforms. Windows Central, bypassing the kind of debacle between Apple and Epic Games.

Windows 11's new Snap feature will allow users to move the window to any place on their screen

Windows 11’s new Snap feature will allow users to move the window to any place on their screen

Epic, which makes the wildly popular Fortnite, is fighting a legal and public relations battle against Apple, arguing that the company runs an illegal monopoly that crushes app developers with exorbitant fees for all transactions.

Apple allows iPhone and iPad users to download apps only from its App Store and requires developers to use Apple’s payment system, which takes a cut of up to 30 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook testified last month that the App Store would become a ‘toxic mess’ if Apple were forced to review third-party apps without allowing them.

A court sketch from May 21 shows Apple CEO Tim Cook testified that the company's refusal to allow in-app sales from third-party platforms protects users from security threats and privacy intrusions.

A court sketch from May 21 shows Apple CEO Tim Cook testified that the company’s refusal to allow in-app sales from third-party platforms protects users from security threats and privacy intrusions.

He also touted a program he launched last year — after Epic filed its lawsuit — that slashed the commission rate in half for developers with less than $1 million in annual sales on its platform to 15 percent. .

Some of the screenshots included images pointing to Xbox and Game Pass app integration in Windows 11.

About 1.3 billion devices currently run on Windows 10, tech radar Reported.

Microsoft is expected to officially unveil Windows 11 at its See What’s Next event on June 24.

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The Start Menu is centered in Windows 11, although it can be moved to the left

The Start Menu is centered in Windows 11, although it can be moved to the left

Images claimed to be from Windows 11 appeared on Chinese site Baidu, and first the U.S. were reported in ledge.

Windows’ latest operating system update, Windows 10 version 21H1, was rejected as in ‘heavy’ when it was launched in May by critics.

Based on what has been shared, the new operating system looks more like ‘an evolved version of Windows 10X’ than a top-to-bottom redesign. Tom’s Guide.

According to The Verge, Microsoft was working on simplifying Windows for dual-screen devices, before abandoning the effort to focus on Windows 11.

Widgets seem to be making a comeback in a new UI, with updates to news, weather, and other information

Widgets seem to be making a comeback in a new UI, with updates to news, weather, and other information

Some screenshots pointed to Xbox and Game Pass app integration in Windows 11

Some screenshots pointed to Xbox and Game Pass app integration in Windows 11

Among the changes in the new OS are a simplified Start button and menu with ‘pinnable’ apps and quick access to power down or restart.

While Live Tiles has been abandoned, the new Snap controls will allow users to move a window to a specific location on their screen.

App icons are now centered in the taskbar, although users will have the ability to revert them to the ‘classic’ left-side layout.

A new icon on the taskbar labeled ‘Widgets’ suggests that Microsoft is bringing back Windows widgets, The Verge reported, which aims to ‘provide quick access to news, weather and other web content’.

The new streamlined UI has rounded corners for windows, menus and apps as well as the Start menu.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 will reportedly have 24 regular wallpapers and 8 keyboard skins

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 will reportedly have 24 regular wallpapers and 8 keyboard skins

The UI’s new wallpapers have earned praise from critics, however. Gizmodo’s Florence Ion Boasts of blue ruched design ‘looks like a loofah.’

Windows Central reports 24 regular wallpapers and 8 keyboard skins will be available in all.

Microsoft announced on Monday that support for Windows 10 will end in 2025.

The leak comes barely a week after Apple gave users a first look at its new iOS 15 at the tech giant’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7.

Apple’s new operating system is packed with FaceTime improvements including browser-based support on Windows and Android devices, the first time the service is available on rival platforms.

Apple’s upcoming iOS 15 also includes an iMessage redesign that turns Message photos into galleries and includes a focus mode that hides apps that usually distract users.

Notifications will also look a little different after iOS 15 downloads – they’ll have pictures and larger icons.

Notes is also going system wide with Quick Notes, which now lets users write notes using the Apple Pencil.

The Cupertino-based corporation also previewed new operating system updates for its other devices, including iPadOS 15, which revs up the Split View and Slide Over features, and watchOS 8, which includes more…

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