Windows 11 is here, but users should check compatibility
Whilst a vast improvement on the security front, Windows 11 requires UEFI (the modern equivalent of the BIOS) and the PC must also be capable of secure boot, for most machines this will mean the motherboard will need a trusted module chip (TPM).
Other notable requirements include needing at least 4GB of RAM, and at least 2 processor cores. These requirements will mean some older windows 10 based PC won't be able to upgrade, forcing those with an older computer to purchase a new machine.
Its recommended to download the official Microsoft compatibility app (available here) to see if your current PC or laptop will be capable of running Windows 11. We also advise backing your machine up before upgrading as well.
The key areas of focus for Windows 11 are fresh and modern UX design; simplicity, new features and tweaks built around; productivity, and a renewed focus on Microsoft. The fresh look includes; new animations, iconography, and sounds.
The change in the visuals being the most striking, which some have said Microsoft is trying to making Windows look more like Mac OS.
A new start menu, which first appeared in Windows 10X, along with a new widgets panel, and the demise of live tiles.
The new taskbar by default takes a centralised position (Which can be switched back to the left) and includes a dedicated icon for Microsoft Teams.
Underneath we find enhanced support for hybrid architecture processors and support for direct storage. The Windows Store has been redesigned, with the feel of an entertainment hub that can show movies and TV shows regardless of streaming services, and the store has also been integrated with the Amazon app store which means Android apps, such as TikTok, can now run inside Windows 11!
Microsoft has set the end of support for window 10 to 2025 giving you just over four years to upgrade your hardware, This is in line with their normal 10 Year life cycle