Despite the rounded corner revolution Windows 11 is bringing to the new user experiences within in the OS, it may have been the new Store introduction and add utilities that stole today's show.
Alongside new 100% revenue policies for developers and expanded app development packaging support, the Microsoft Store will also be using some neat technology trickery to bring popular apps such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney+, Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Zoom and even TikTok to the Store.
Part of that new technology trickery in the new Microsoft Store involves a collaboration with Intel, while a partnership with Dell will help provide greater integrated conveniences.
Microsoft and Intel are coming together help the new Windows 11 Store leverage the Intel Bridge technology.
New PCs enabled by Intel® Core™ processors and Intel’s broad portfolio of intellectual property and platform technologies are ready to deliver the full potential of new Windows 11 experiences — allowing people to collaborate, create and connect in ways that are meaningful to them. New experiences include:
- Intel® Bridge Technology, which vastly expands mobile applications to run right on the PC, making it easier than ever to both be productive and play favorite games all on one screen.
- Windows Snap and Thunderbolt™ 4 for the best multi-monitor experience.
- Windows and Intel® Wi-Fi 6E, to connect anywhere, anytime from a PC — with more than 60 laptop designs on the market featuring Wi-Fi 6E, among other capabilities.
As a runtime compiler, the Intel Bridge technology enables more applications (perhaps, Android ones specifically) to run natively on x86 devices and automatically switches between CPU and GPU cores dependent on the apps needs, in the background for optimized app performance.
While the Intel partnership is a much broader feature, Dell and Microsoft have partnered on more specific utilities headed for Windows 11.
Here are some of Microsoft and Dell's highlighted propositions for Windows 11.
- New Design: It always starts here. The refreshed user experience and clean, fluid redesign of Windows 11 pops with our immersive displays. Take our XPS 13 with OLED as an example; this PC will dial up the new Windows layout and immerse you in stunning contrast and color.
- Human Connection: We all crave connectedness and Windows 11 lets you reach the people you care about easier. Right from your desktop you can text, chat, voice or video call with just a click. But that doesn’t mean much if your device isn’t designed for connectivity. We’re making strategic investments that will allow you to truly adopt a work, play and collaborate-from-anywhere lifestyle.
- Choice: We all want it done our way. With Windows 11, our devices feature the latest innovations in touch, stylus and voice and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it while working on the Dell PC model of your choice. Today, our homes are a multi-PC environment (for work, play or learning) and we don’t see that changing. While we continue to provide different form factors, the PCs role in our future is critical as are the experiences we have with them.
Even though Microsoft is aiming to deliver a free Windows 11 upgrade to most Windows 10 powered devices, Dell is also promising Day-One upgrades to Windows 11 for its own devices.
Windows 11 is getting the red-carpet treatment for now as it pivots once again to re-engage consumer experiences that Microsoft arguably left to languish as the company chased cloud computing revenues.