The Next Major Release of Elementary OS Has Arrived

Jan 31, 2023

It's been over a year since the developers of elementary OS released version 6.1 (Jólnir) but they've finally made their latest release (Horus) available with a renewed focus on the user.

The elementary OS developers have been hard at work crafting version 7 of their open source operating system. With this new release, they've focused on getting users the apps they need, empowering users with new features and settings, and evolving their developer platform.

When you install and boot up elementary OS 7, there are no obvious and major changes to greet you. In fact, the desktop UI looks very much in line with what the team has released in the past… and that's a good thing, as the elementary OS UI is one of the finest on the market.

As for the changes, you'll find more engaging app descriptions in the AppCenter, an easier app update process, better support for sideloading and alternative app stores, and a much more responsive AppCenter.

Version 7 also better supports web apps, making it easier to launch them from the applications menu and even enjoy their own settings (such as privacy controls).

Other new features include the ability to send feedback directly to the developers, a more streamlined installer, an outstanding Onboarding app that makes it easy for you to configure the UI theme, and even configure automatic updates for both free and paid apps.

The Mail app has a more modern UI as well as a unified inbox that also supports Microsoft 365 accounts.

The Music app was also completely rewritten from scratch with a focus on more quickly queuing and playing audio files from a local collection.

For more information on the latest release, check out the official release notes and then download an ISO image for installation.

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