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Windows 11 ISO leaked, reveals enhanced UI before June 24 launch

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Microsoft will be announcing the next version of Windows called Windows 11 on June 24. Yesterday, a near-final edition of the Windows 11 with build number 21996.1 was leaked on a Chinese forum site. The leak not only confirms the moniker of the device but also reveals its new UI and features.

Windows 11 ISO leaked, reveals enhanced UI before June 24 launch

The leaked Windows 11 ISO reveals that the new operating system is not significantly different from Windows 10 in terms of design. However, there are many noticeable changes in the UI throughout the OS such as rounded corners, new animations, colorful icons, and a cleaner experience. Right off the bat, the user interface of the Windows 11 looks almost identical to the now-defunct Windows 10X.

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Windows 11 ISO leaked, reveals enhanced UI before June 24 launch

The Start Menu and icons are now placed at the center of the taskbar. Users who do not want it at the center can use a toggle provided in the setting to move it to the left corner of the taskbar. The Live Tiles have been replaced by pinned apps and recently accessed files in the Start Menu.

It features slide-out widgets for weather, news, and other content from the internet. The maximize button on all apps has a snap controls function that offers a couple of options to snap windows in different sections or side by side. It features new built-in themes and an enhanced dark mode. While there have been reports that Microsoft is working on a new store for apps, the Windows Store available in the leaked Windows 11 build is almost the same as what is available on Windows 10.

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Windows 11 ISO leaked, reveals enhanced UI before June 24 launch

Readers should note that the leaked Windows 11 ISO (build number 21996.1) is a near-final version. Hence, Microsoft is expected to add more features once it is announced. There is a possibility that the leaked build may contain malicious programs or viruses. Hence, it is advisable to install it on a virtual machine.

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To sum up, Windows 11 appears to a more refined version of Windows 10. Speaking of Windows 10, Microsoft recently confirmed that it will be ending support for the 10-year-old Windows 10 on Oct. 14, 2025.

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