Aotearoa Keyboard and more features now available with Windows 11 general release

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As of 5 October availability of Windows 11 begins through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11.

Windows 11 features powerful new experiences that empower productivity and inspires creativity.

Aotearoa Keyboard 

Devices that upgrade to Windows 11 will have access to the all-new Aotearoa keyboard, which allows users to add macrons while writing in te reo Māori, without having to switch keyboards or copy and paste. Instead, users can use the tilde (~) key before a vowel and the macron will be automatically added.

“The Aotearoa keyboard addition to Windows 11 may seem like a small thing, but it represents the latest milestone in the work we’ve been doing alongside cultural and language advisors for the past 15 years to support te reo Māori as a vital part of Aotearoa’s culture and identity,” says Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand.  “It’s also about encouraging more Kiwis to learn and engage with each other in the language every day. The Aotearoa keyboard will enable millions of Windows users around Aotearoa and the world to write more easily in te reo Māori, removing the barriers people currently face to expressing themselves in our indigenous language. That’s huge.”

New features that bring you closer to what you love:

  • Chat from Microsoft Teams is a new experience that helps bring you closer to the people you care about.
  • Microsoft Store on Windows has been redesigned from the ground up to be easier to build for and make it more seamless for customers to find and browse apps, games and entertainment all in one place.
  • Snap Layouts and Groups offer a more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate in a way that is visually clean.
  • Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows, built with and for people with disabilities.

Built for Gaming

Windows 11 was made for gaming, with innovative new features that can take your PC gaming experience to the next level like AutoHDR and DirectStorage. It also includes the Xbox app built right in, where you can browse, download and play over 100 high-quality PC games from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC library.

The operating system for hybrid work and learning

Beginning today, organizations can also start moving to Windows 11 on powerful PCs and through the cloud with Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.

Chipto-cloud protection

Windows 11 was designed with security in mind to meet the challenges we will face in this new work environment and beyond.

New tools and resources for developers

Windows 11 is for all developers – whether they are building apps for a PC, web, phone, game console or anything in between – and provides the most seamless development experience. A more open store, deep development integrations and new design are just the start.

Available on the widest array of choice in devices

Microsoft is proud to offer Windows 11 on the widest array of choice in devices, form factors, and silicon from its valued partners at Acer, AMD, ASUS, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Surface.

Additionally, as a reminder, most new Surface devices and accessories – including Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, and Surface Go 3 – will be generally available starting tomorrow, October 5 from Microsoft Store on and other major retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.

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