What is Windows 11?
Windows 11 is the next iteration of the Windows operating system, first unveiled at the end of June. Debuting a fresher, more minimalistic style than its precursors, Windows 11 features a more streamlined design layout, with a centralised toolbar and windows with more curved edges and the Start button taking on a new position in the centre of the display.
A post on their website reads: "Windows 11 provides a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through a fresh experience. From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect to your favourite people, news, games, and content - Windows 11 is the place to think, express, and create in a natural way."
What's New for Windows 11
- This updated Start menu is a simplified version of what currently exists in Windows 10 and now opens from the centre of the taskbar
- Live Tiles have been replaced by Widgets for things like the weather, news and calendar events
- Multiple Desktops allow you to stay focused and organised, creating separate, customisable desktops for school, work and other parts of your life
- Snap window management has been improved by introducing Snap Layouts allowing you to open multiple windows at once in your chosen layout which automatically adapts to the size of your screen.
- Microsoft Teams is built into Windows 11 devices so you can instantly connect with your contacts, right from your desktop
- Windows Updates are now much smaller and happen in the background with fewer interruptions
Will I be able run Windows 11 on my device?
Windows 11 requires a modern CPU and a 2.0 TPM (Trusted Platform Module) which means a lot of older PCs won’t be able to, all though that may change before its official release.
Microsoft has a webpage dedicated to Windows 11 and, if you scroll to the end, you’ll see a list of minimum system requirements. A PC Health Check app from Microsoft will help you determine whether your device is compatible.
When can I get Windows 11?
Windows 11 will start rolling on the 5th October 2021, On existing Windows 10 devices, Windows Update will let you know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11.
If the device you are using isn’t fully compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft is still supporting Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025.
There’s plenty of time to consider your PC upgrade.