Remember back in 2015 when Microsoft mentioned that Windows 10 would be their last major version of their operating system? Then there was news concerning the new Windows 11, which we were all pleasantly surprised and excited about at the same time. You probably have questions, so we thought we would share some things you need to know about Microsoft’s new operating system.
What’s New In Windows 11?
As expected, it comes with a new and fresh design throughout, plus a new Start Menu situated in the middle. If you don’t like it in the middle and prefer it on the left, this is a simple change to make. The Start Menu is also cloud powered, indicating it will dynamically change depending on the time of day, and the content you are working with.
The new Windows 11 boasts smaller updates by up to 40%. This means restarting your computer during updates will be quicker and use less internet bandwidth. Microsoft say it is the most secure release yet. A new multitasking feature has been added called Snap Layouts. This feature enables you to arrange multiple windows across your screen. This was something Windows 10 did have, but this brings it to another level. Snap Layouts can arrange your screen not just side by side, but also in columns, sections and more.
What Else Is New?
File Explorer still looks similar, but we can see there have been changes. One of which is Microsoft has overhauled the icons in Windows 11 and removed the ribbon interface in favour of a command bar. We think this is a great change as it gives users more space for managing files.
Microsoft have also improved the multi-monitor support. This means that when you connect to an external monitor, Windows 11 will remember the previous position. We think this is a great little feature because it will help you work quicker and more efficient. Microsoft Teams has been integrated into the dock. This means you can easily join meetings and family calls with a simple click. On this note, Skype is on the way out and is being replaced by Teams. If there was a more crucial time for Skype to excel into the future, it was during the pandemic. Sadly, Skype didn’t, but Teams seems to be meeting expectations very well.
In addition, soon you’ll be able to run some Android apps on Windows. This is thanks to Microsoft’s new partnership with the Amazon App Store. How it will work is from the Microsoft Store, via the Amazon App Store you can download all the Android apps available. We think this is a great first step in getting Android apps onto Windows. However, as the apps are supported through the Amazon App Store and not Google there is not full access to all apps. Popular apps like TikTok, Dropbox and Zoom are among many that have been added and the list is growing.
How Much Does It Cost?
We are glad to tell you that Windows 11 is free for existing users. If you already have Windows 10, then the jump to 11 is completely free. All you will need is to be online to download, install the update and of course have a Microsoft account.
Will Windows 11 Work On My Device?
There has been much discussion in the industry over this concern, regarding will it work on my device? The answer is not so straight forward. Cambridge Support is always here to help, so just give us a call on 01223 901 900. Here are more of the technical details as to what type of device Windows 11 will work on:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- Storage: 64GB
- RAM: 4GB
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p, 8-bit per colour channel, at least 9-inch diagonal
- Internet Connection and Microsoft Account: Windows 11 Home requires an internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete the initial, first-use setup of the operating system, or when switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S-mode.
Brands such as Dell and HP have yet to release a list of names of laptops or PCs that will support Windows 11. Asus on the other hand have named which devices Windows 11 will operate on. You can see the full list here. Microsoft have announced that the release date for the new Windows 11 will be around October to December 2021.
One of our Managing Partners, Alex has had 20+ years’ experience with Microsoft products and wealth of knowledge to share. Here are his thoughts:
“The enhancements in the new version is super exciting. I think there will be a lot of positive talk about this. I am glad to see the Live Tiles from the Start Menu will be gone, as I don’t think anyone will miss them. The improved multi-monitor support sounds a great upgrade from Windows 10 and a feature that will increase productivity. The overall design looks very up-to-date and fresh, keeping up with the times. At Cambridge Support we’ll all be looking forward to this update. We are always here to help with any aspect of Windows 11 once its released.”
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