The new Windows 11 UI – Is there really any difference?

You’d be forgiven if you thought when Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was going to be the last OS that they were telling the truth, because where do you go after 10 if you want to go ‘app based’. But Microsoft have announced the next incarnation of the popular OS, Windows 11.

The new look Windows 11 UI

There are some big and subtle UI (user interface) design changes in the upcoming Windows 11, which is due to be rolled out this Christmas, some users will notice immediately, others are perhaps a little more subtle on the eye.

Kicking off with the big change and that’s to the Start Menu. In fact, it doesn’t exist when you first install the software. Your open programmes and pinned programmes appear in the centre of the taskbar, alluding to Chrome OS and Mac OS respectively. This is a big step for Windows and we all remember when they got rid of the start menu in Windows 8, so it’s fair to say this might throw a few people off and rile some feathers. However, you can change this within the system settings.

For the first time in Windows OS history, you’ll be able to select a ‘Light mode’ and a ‘dark mode’, again similar to Mac OS and Chrome OS, perfect for those who want to switch to the dark side, but unconfirmed whether it’ll work with third party apps as yet.


Speaking of third party apps (and not related to UI), Windows users will be able to access a greater selection of apps, meaning apps usually meant for mobile screens will be accessible from a PC. Microsoft will redesign it’s Microsoft Store which will allow Android apps via the Amazon Appstore.

Dark Mode in Windows 11

Rounded corners, a spruce of transparency and new icons for things such as files, desktop, notepad to name but a few. 

It’ll be interesting to see the continued developments of Windows 11, but it’s clear they’re creating a UI that’s not only suitable for desktop computers and laptops, but also tablets and those laptops that turn into a tablet and that have a secondary display in the keyboard, this new UI design could well be handy for those devices.

Windows 11 is set to be released this Christmas and these are already some substantial differences, so we’ll wait and see what other UI changes may happen between now and the release date, but it’s come along way since the grey and green design of 98.