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Microsoft on Thursday offered a first look at Windows 11, coming this holiday season. The new version changes both the look of the operating system as well as its underlying business model, as well as supporting Android apps for the first time.

Why it matters: Windows has been steadily losing market share on the desktop, which has itself lost prominence to smartphones.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is:

  • integrating its Teams software for video chat and other types of communication
  • Offering the ability to run Android apps for the first time, integrating Amazon's app store.
  • adding a news feed and widgets to the desktop, which it hopes will allow smaller creators to make money through Windows.
  • revamping the look of the operating system, adding rounded windows, moving the Start bar to the center of the screen and making it easier to group frequently used apps together.

Microsoft also plans changes to the economics for the Microsoft Store, a move that could help it competitively and also increase the pressure on rivals Google and Apple.

  • Notably, Microsoft will also allow developers to use either its payment system or their own, in which case they keep 100 percent of revenue.

What they're saying: "The world needs a more open platform," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "This is the first version of a new era of Windows."

What's next: Microsoft plans to release a test version of the operating system next week, but it won't have all the features Microsoft plans for the final release later this year.

Go deeper: Why Windows needs a reboot

Go deeper

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 13, 2021 - Technology

Epic may not benefit from Apple's App Store changes

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

"Fortnite" creator Epic Games' Apple lawsuit failed to level the walls of the App Store, though it did leave some cracks in Apple's fortress.

Yes, but: The modest changes Apple now has to make are more likely to benefit other iOS developers than to help Epic itself, unless the game-maker backs down from an all-or-nothing approach.

Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."