Windows 11 Leaks Indicate the coming of a dramatic new look

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Tell me this doesn’t look like a loofah to you.
Image: Microsoft – We are just a week from finding out what the next version of Windows for Microsoft has in store, but the developer leaks show that Windows 11 is undergoing a dramatic visual review.

The softer, minimalist windows reveal a set of screenshots that are published on the Baidu Chinese social media platform. The Start menu remains, but the rest of the taskbar is now centered instead of turning left. The total aesthetics are very similar to Windows 10X now cancelled for dual-screen devices from Microsoft. I can’t help but find some macOS-like things and all their iterations. In the way apps in the workbar are placed, there are also some elements of Chrome OS. This is not surprising, because Chrome OS is designed for touch-capable two-in-one devices like Windows 10 and 11.

The Windows 11 Start menu looks to have been pared down to nothing without its Live Tiles.
The Settings panel hasn’t changed much in Windows 11.
Screenshot: Baidu

In the Windows 11 Start Menu, all dynamic graphical elements like those currently in the Windows 10 have been significantly removed and removed. There are no Live Tiles, but pinnable apps and quick access buttons still exist for the device to be shut down and restarted. Additional developer screenshots have appeared today and XDA’S view of Windows 11 is showing the dark-mode start menu with icons and shortcuts, which looks nicer than the Baidu leaks. It also shows us better how a big change will happen next week.

The remaining images of XDA show menu structures similar to what is now in Windows 10. Default centered on the taskbar is a screenshot that shows that you can go to the settings panel to place them back on the left side, from Windows 95. Interestingly, a widget feature is also available. Screenshots from XDA show the ability to pin update desktop sports and news tickers, as well as a weather projection. This feature may replace Live Tiles as Microsoft version of the widgets was intended to be.

Finally, we must talk about the new default wallpapers on Windows 11 which are both available in light and dark. It’s a little more forward-looking than we would normally expect from Microsoft. Frankly, the way Microsoft expresses the fluidité of its new operating system looks like a loofah from a distance, which I take to indicate.

Microsoft said that it would use “learnings” from its journey and incorporate them in other parts of Windows instead of marketing Windows 10X. If you looked at previous images of Microsoft’s killed OS and compared them to what we see today, it’s clear that Microsoft’s OS is working on various shape factors. Why else would the GUI be a little more “graphical” and “interface” a little more simplified?

But nothing is official until the event on 24 June is presented by Microsoft. Here at Gizmodo, we’re going to cover it, so stay tuned.