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 the 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 that Windows 11 has been thoroughly tested through the Windows Insider Beta Programme and he is 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 to how the system works inside.
When starting Windows 11, the first thing you’ll notice 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, but it gives off the appearance of a smartphone app menu or tablet. When you dig a little further in, you’ll find that the designs are more pampered towards rounded corners and have rather simple menus and folder appearances. There are also more options for arranging tabs and snapping them into grids, which in testing with work, makes life a lot easier to do. 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 to the interface, Windows 11 has got some interesting features to show off: In my opinion, Microsoft is replacing Skype and the Xbox App with the Microsoft Store, which has been completely redesigned and will allow third-party apps to sell inside. One of the most interesting things Microsoft has decided to do, in my opinion, is that Windows 11 will 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 like Bing and the Edge browser when displaying online results.
Am I able to upgrade to Windows 11?
For gamers, Microsoft says that with their new drive technology and by using 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 exclusive 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 cannot even upgrade at all due to not being compatible. However, Windows has released a minimum requirements list so users can see 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. If your device doesn’t meet these requirements, you are more than likely not going to be able to install Windows 11, so you are 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.