Windows 11, the new Microsoft Operating System we have all been looking forward to since its first initial announcement back in June is now available for download worldwide for Windows 10 users. According to Windows chief officer, he said that the new operating system would not be an “extreme departure” from what we are already used to with Windows 10, and Windows 11 has been thoroughly tested through the Windows Insider Beta Programme and was confident that Windows 11 is all ready to go.
Now for the new changes to Windows, as expected the new operating system has some significant design changes and some adjustments on how the system works inside.
The first thing you’ll notice when starting Windows 11 for the first time is the Start Menu being centred on the screen by default along with all the icons in the taskbar and when clicked on, opens a menu of used apps, now in my opinion this view is very clean and nice yes however it gives off the appearance of a smartphone app menu/tablet. When you deep a little further in, you’ll find that the designs are more pampered towards rounded corners and has rather simple menus and folder appearances, there is also more options for arranging tabs and snapping them into grids which in testing with work, makes life a lot easier to do, also widgets are starting to have a bit of a comeback now, where they live in the sidebar on the left which is also linked to Microsoft services.
When it comes to changes with the interface, Windows 11 has got some interesting features to show off: Microsoft is replacing Skype and the Xbox App and the Microsoft store has been completely redesigned and will allow third-party apps to sell inside and one of the most interesting things Microsoft has decided to do, in my opinion, is that Windows 11 would run android smartphone apps through the Amazon app store! Early users have claimed that the operating system’s built-in search engine is considerably quicker on most devices and that it favours Microsoft’s services, Bing and the Edge browser when displaying online results.
Am I able to upgrade to Windows 11?
For gamers, Microsoft says that their new drive technology and by using the direct storage (any form of internal SSD) you will notice a difference in loading times in games and by allowing the graphics card to access storage devices without going through the Processor, however that feature is reclusive to those who have new hardware so if you have old hardware then expect this feature to not work as well, which is a shame as not every computer will see all the new advantages to upgrading and some older machines cant even upgrade at all due to them not being compatible however Windows has released minimum requirements list so users know if their device will work under Windows 11.
What are these requirements?
Well one of the minimum requirements is that you have a security chip called a TPM which is only installed on modern computers and if your device doesn’t meet these requirements, you are more than likely not going to be able to install Windows 11 so your better off buying a new PC however that isn’t strictly necessary as Windows 10 is planned to continue to be supported and receive updates till 2025