A few months ago Microsoft released Windows 11 to the public and in this article we will discuss a bit more about Windows 11 including the features, system requirements, cost and what we generally think of it. In this short article we will help you decide as to whether Windows 11 is the right choice for you or your business.
New Features Included In Windows 11
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s next major software update and is the successor to Windows 10. Windows 10 has now been on the market for about 7 or so years since 2015. Here are some of the new features that are include in Windows 11:
- A new, more Mac-like interface
- Integrated Android apps
- Widgets (Now accessible from the taskbar)
- Microsoft Teams integration
- Xbox tech for better gaming
- Better virtual desktop support
- Easier transition from monitor to laptop, and better multitasking
Some of the other visual changes in Windows 11 include the following:
- Task Now centrally placed instead on the left by default (you can move it back to the left if you wish)
- Windows File Explorer now has rounded edges and the text is now bigger
- Windows 11 now has a smart menu
- Snap layouts are now included which allows you to select pre-determined layouts
- If you use tablet mode often, you now won’t need to manually select tablet mode and instead Windows will automatically adapt
- The lock screen has been redesigned to look a bit more smart with different slideshow images
- New Fonts are now available as well as a GIF menu
- Some other features included are the new notification sounds, system icons and smoother animations
There are however some features that are no longer existent in Windows 11 that you may have been using in Windows 10. If you would like to see a list of these features then click here
Windows 11 System Requirements
Before you update from earlier Windows Operating systems or are simply installing Windows 11 on a brand new machine, then there are some requirements and features that your computer must support in order for you to be able to install Windows 11. You may alternatively download the PC Health checker app which will scan your computer to make sure that your PC is compatible with Windows 11 requirements. You can download the app and install by clicking on this link. Once you are on the webpage then scroll down and select Windows 11 installation assistant which will then download and run on your PC. If you are however reading this article then downloading the app won’t be necessary as we list all the requirements below:
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).|
|RAM||4 gigabyte (GB).|
|Storage||64 GB or larger storage device Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.|
|System firmware||UEFI, Secure Boot capable|
|TPM||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0|
|Graphics card||Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.|
|Display||High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.|
||Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home|
Can I still Install Windows 11 Even If My PC Is Not Compatible?
At this moment there are ways around installing Windows 11 on your PC which we don’t recommend as we suspect this would become an issue in the future as Microsoft releases more patches. There is also a chance that if you use any shortcuts to installing Windows 11 on a PC that does not support it then you can expect certain applications to not work or won’t be supported.
What Is The Process Of Upgrading To Windows 11?
You can trigger this update manually by going into into Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update and then clicking on Check for updates. Once Windows has checked for all updates then you should see an update for Windows 11 in the list. Once you click on install then your computer will restart a few times to install the update. You may also see the Windows 11 update show up in your notification area depending on how up to date your computer so this won’t be the case for all users.
How Much Does Windows 11 Cost?
If you already have Windows 10 then Windows 11 will be offered as a free upgrade and you may just follow the steps above to install Windows 11. If you are installing Windows 11 on a brand new computer then you would need to burn the iso image downloaded from Microsoft onto a bootable USB Drive and boot from the USB drive to install Windows 11 from scratch. This should be fairly straight forward to anybody who has ever installed an Operating System before.
Do We Recommend Windows 11?
So far Windows 11 has shown promising signs and overall we love the new interface and the smoothness of the operating system. For us this is an upgrade on Windows 10 and this operating system will work much better on newer and more modern devices. There is a small learning curb once the OS has been installed as there are some differences compared to the previous Operating system but they are small.
Is Windows 11 Suitable For A Business Environment?
Windows 11 has been built for more modern businesses and we have found that a lot of the features are now aimed at allowing your employees to work more seamlessly with the various new features added in. The new Windows 11 will certainly help a company work more efficiently with the various multitasking features now available.
Windows 11 has certainly improved also from a security point of view and has proved to be far more secure than previous operating systems. This allows companies to worry less about their security and focus more on trying to grow their business.
We recommend Windows 11 to businesses of all sizes and if you are a business owner then Windows 11 will certainly be a benefit to you and your company.
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