15 July 2021
Microsoft has started rolling out the first preview of its Windows 11 to the Windows Insiders for testing purposes. The preview build 22000.51 is available for download right away. Most of the Windows 11 visual changes that Microsoft unveiled last week during the global launch will be available in this initial preview.
As Microsoft puts it, Windows Insiders will try many, but not all, of the new features, showed last week in the early preview.
Windows Insiders after downloading this preview will see a new Start menu with its centered launcher-like interface. There are now rounded corners throughout the OS, improvements to the notifications center, volume flyouts, and more.
Microsoft says the File Explorer is now cleaner. Apart from the default themes, there are additional themes as well. All the new themes have been designed to complement the centered Taskbar.
The first preview also brings Snap layouts and Snap groups to improve multitasking across a variety of screen sizes. Also, with today’s build, you will be able to try out an early preview of the new Microsoft Store. The Store now has a new design and Microsoft says it will add more features in the coming months.
Microsoft has announced that more features such as Chat with Microsoft Teams and Android apps in the Microsoft Store will arrive over the coming months.
Alongside the Windows 11 preview, Microsoft is also releasing a preview of its Office refresh for Windows 11. The interface of the Office apps also features rounded corners to make things look more coherent with Windows 11.
If you want to test the Windows preview build, you’ll need to enroll in the Window Insiders program and navigate to Settings> Update & Security > Windows Insider Program.
You will require a compatible PC or laptop to gain Windows 11. Follow this guide to know if your system is eligible to get this update.