Cutting corners: If you want to see for yourself what Windows 11 looks like without registering as a Windows Insider or reinstalling your operating system, there’s a preview version of it you can try in your browser. It already has a working desktop, Edge browser, Start Menu, the Microsoft Store, and Notepad, with other features coming soon. It’s only a mockup and not a real OS, but a neatly built one at that.
Downloading files through Edge downloads them onto your real OS rather than the mockup. The Windows Store is still just a basic front page. Clicking certain things like the Discord and GitHub icons opens up an invite to the developer’s Discord and the project’s GitHub page, respectively. Functions like the file browser, lock screen, and themes are still coming.
Ever since Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, it has come under criticism for its somewhat unusual system requirements, including TPM and a relatively recent CPU. Apps like this recreation might give some users a way to demo Windows 11 before taking the plunge for real since Microsoft plans to provide users only 10 days to revert their systems to Windows 10 if they don’t like 11.
Microsoft will roll Windows 11 out to the general public later this year, with automated updates on Windows 10 systems starting in 2022.