Microsoft Windows 11: what to expect

Here’s everything we’re expecting from Microsoft’s latest version of Windows.

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DAN HOWLEY: Microsoft is set to debut Windows 11 on June 24 at 11:00 AM Eastern. It's the next iteration of the world's most popular desktop operating system. And we're expecting to see changes in the way it looks, improved multitasking features, and a new Microsoft store.

All of this comes at a time of newfound importance for Windows among millions of workers who were forced to work from home as a result of the pandemic. And those who were able to continue doing so into the future. Based on a leaked version of the operating system that The Verge's Tom Warren installed, the latest take on Microsoft's OS will get a slick, updated look complete with a new Windows logo, rounded edges around App Windows, more modern icon designs, and a big change to the taskbar, which is now located dead center at the bottom of the screen.

On the multitasking front, Windows 11 will make it easier for users to do things like snap windows to the left or right side of the screen thanks to a new multitasking button. Rather than having to drag your window to the side of the screen you want, you can click the Maximize button in the top right corner of the window, and that will pull up a submenu allowing you to choose where you want your app to appear. The one change we haven't been able to see in any leaks or previews is the update to the Microsoft store.

That said, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella specifically called out the store during his keynote at the company's billed conference, saying it will provide greater economic opportunity for developers. What's more, Microsoft has been putting pressure on rivals like Apple and Google by announcing pricing changes for game developers that use its Microsoft store, cutting revenue sharing from 30% to 12%. Apple and Google still take 30% for games sold via their own app stores. I'm Dan Howley for Yahoo Finance.

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