Microsoft Reveals Windows 11, Latest Version Since 2015

Microsoft will integrate its Teams chat software directly into the OS and is adding videoconferencing features.
Vincent RyanJune 24, 2021

Microsoft made interesting revelations of its latest Windows operating system, Reuters reported.

The new Windows App Store will allow software developers to use their own in-app payment system and keep 100% of the fees or use Microsoft’s payment processor for a 12% commission.

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Recently, Microsoft had criticized Apple’s App Store commission and the policy of forcing developers to use Apple’s in-app payments systems. The Windows maker had slashed commissions on games sold through the store to 12%, from the 15% it takes on regular apps. Alphabet’s Google Play Store also charges developers commissions.

Android: Microsoft will also let users find and run Android mobile applications on their laptops and PCs with and Intel technologies.

Microsoft announced a way to install Android apps on Windows PCs through Amazon’s Appstore platform, CNBC reported.

Windows 11 will support Android apps through Amazon’s app store.

Interestingly, the Amazon Appstore doesn’t offer Google’s popular Android apps like Gmail, Maps, and other Google services.

New Features: Windows 11 will include the ability to more seamlessly undock a computer connected to an external monitor to take a call in a quieter room and then return to the docking station afterward.

Microsoft will integrate its Teams chat software directly into the operating system, intensifying competition with Slack Technologies. It’s also getting more videoconferencing features akin to Apple’s FaceTime or Mac Messages.

Microsoft is also bringing some features from its Xbox consoles to Windows 11. Windows 11 will include automatic high-dynamic range imaging. It also announced direct storage, which allows large game worlds to load with speedy hard drives quickly.

Windows 11 will also include new tools for tipping content creators, including local news outlets directly in the OS.

Why It Matters: Microsoft recently reached a market capitalization of $2 trillion, the only company apart from Apple to reach the milestone.

Apple’s iOS and Google thwarted Windows-powered Microsoft’s rise in the 1990s from PCs fixture as mobile phones displaced PCs as the primary computing device for billions of users.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s computing segment, which includes Windows revenue, accounted for $48.2 billion of its $143 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

Windows 10 has 1.3 billion users compared with Apple’s total installed device base of 1.65 billion users. Alphabet’s beats both with 3 billion Android users.

Windows PCs and laptops had lost some market share in 2020 to Google’s Chromebooks as schools opted for cheaper devices for online learning but still retained over 80% market share.

This story originally appeared on Benzinga. © 2021

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