So you may or may not have seen the Windows 11 Reveal Event, but just incase you haven’t I have placed it above this paragraph for you to watch!
Get ready for new!
Windows 11 is the first Windows operating system to be released since the advent of Windows 10 in 2015.
Windows 11 now has the opportunity to undo all the wrongs that were found in Windows 10, and to make it a more all-round experience for the user.
With a new Windows comes new features, and while Windows 11 is similar to previous operating systems, there are new features to look out for!
Start Menu and Taskbar – These are now located in the middle, so when you use Windows 11 for the first time it may at first throw you off course. But if you’re not willing to get used to it, then in the settings you can align it back to the left.
Widgets – Ironically, widgets are nothing new to Windows, but it is a feature we have not seen or experienced since it was removed for Windows 8 back in 2012. Microsoft aims to bring them back in a modern fashion, with the flexibility of allowing developers to create their own.
Translucent Windows – Do you remember Windows Aero? You may not remember it by name but Windows Aero was used in Windows Vista and Windows 7 to provide a transparent “glass” look and feel. Much like widgets, it was removed in Windows 8 and replaced by “Metro”, but now we are seeing the translucent windows once again.
PC Gaming – Microsoft’s DirectXStorage API will allow games to load data directly on to the memory of the graphics card in an effort to significantly reduce game loading times, which will allow you to have a better experience.
Read more about how Windows 11 will change the way you experience your computer, click here.
Windows 11 will see a number of features removed, some of these features come as a surprise, and others are many years overdue.
Cortana – Cortana will still be available, however, Microsoft have removed it from the first boot experience, unpinned it from the taskbar and even ceased support for the app on iOS and Android.
Desktop Wallpaper – When you use the same Microsoft account across multiple devices, your desktop wallpaper will no longer port over like it used to.
Internet Explorer – This is a big one that has been anticipated for many years but has finally been set in place. Microsoft are disabling Internet Explorer and using the New Microsoft Edge as the new standard.
Taskbar functionality – Apps can no longer customise the look and feel of the taskbar, and the major change is that you can no longer change the position of the taskbar (top, right, bottom, left), it is bound to the bottom of the screen.
To read about all features that have been deprecated, follow this link.
Microsoft have released new system requirements for the Windows 11 operating system, and I have listed them below.
|Processor:||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a ccompatible 64-bit processorompatible 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 colour channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft accounts:||complete device setup on first use.|
Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.
Interested in an upgrade?
If you’re intrigued by the official announcement of Windows 11 and you would like to upgrade your computer, then please contact us and we can assist you.
Windows 10 systems will most definitely be able to upgrade to Windows 11. And if you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 but still wish to upgrade to Windows 11, we can check your system against the specification above for compatibility.
Windows 10 end of life does not occur for another 4+ years, but if you’re willing to upgrade in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Call us on 01329 535 001, or email us at [email protected].