There has been a leak of the next version of Windows called Windows 11. This is strange as Microsoft has claimed Windows 10 to be the last version of Windows released and all future releases will be updates.
Clearly this isn't the case as Windows 11 is now available to download as a torrent and numerous download sites.
If you want to check out what is new, XDA has done a good overview of Windows 11.
Most of the OS has remained the same and a bulk of the changes seem to be related to a new UI theme. Windows 11 seems to be reloaded with a lot of preinstalled apps (aka Bloatware) likely the result of private deals to encourage users to use third party products.
Microsoft announced the development of Windows 10X which is a ground up re-write of Windows for modern hardware which they later announced was postponed. Windows 11 seems to use some of the visual elements of Windows 10X but appears to still be a modified version of Windows 10 codebase.
Windows 10 in general in my opinion has been a huge disappointment as Microsoft as fully embraced anti-privacy practices and feels like they are now working for the NSA. Their changes have been predatory in terms of invading privacy and making it difficult if not impossible to restrict the features that leak privacy data.
For example, if you want to turn off telemetry features (phone home) you are restricted from fully turning off these features via the UI, if you use tools or the registry to minimize the telemetry features, they will reset back to default settings when you apply updates. This requires you to constantly check and reset the phone home features every time your system patches at least once a month.
I recommend everyone who uses Windows 10 to install ShutUp 10 by O&O to allow you to turn off much of the invasive features and easily keep them off each patch.
As you can see, ShutUp 10 allows you to turn off many invasive settings that are not available to a typical user just using the Windows 10 interface. There is also a one click setting to apply recommended settings. If you launch ShutUp 10 after applying a patch, it will let you know any features that have been turned back on and ask if you want to reset them back.
While a lot of information isn't know at this time, my guess is Windows 11 will be even more invasive than Windows 10. I remember when Windows 10 was launched and you would get a pop up on Windows 7 and 8 asking if you wanted to upgrade. There was two options, Yes or Schedule in Future. There was no option to say no, you were able to click the X in the top right to close the window which basically said No. In a future update they changed the X to reflect Yes thus forcing you to update. This is a practice used by Malware to trick users into installing malware.
Windows 11 will likely be announced on June 24th, in their "What's Next" event.
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