Microsoft Windows 11

Windows 11 is here!

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Windows 11 is officially on the horizon after being announced during Microsoft’s big event on June 24th. 

  • What is it? The successor to Windows 10
  • When is it out? Likely early November
  • How much does it cost? Free!

Microsoft has not yet announced an official release date; all they have committed to is this “holiday season”, so we will likely see its release from November onwards.

Minimum Specifications

The currently announced specifications are subject to change as we neared the release date.

  • Processor: Dual Core 1GHz or faster
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot Capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later
  • Display: 720p
  • Internet Connection and Microsoft Account: Windows 11 will require Home users to have a Microsoft Account to complete first use setup

Many users discuss the requirement for a TPM module as this will force those with older devices to go out and buy a new device. Microsoft has commented that requiring this module is due to the increased focus on security, reliability, and compatibility. You read more on the Windows 11 minimum system requirements here

Cost?

As an existing Windows user, much like with the release of Windows 10, you will be able to upgrade to 11 for free. To do so, you will need to meet the minimum machine specifications and have an internet connection to download, install, and activate your version.

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The Key Features in Windows 11

With the release of any new operating system, there are always improvements, and Microsoft is dubbing Windows 11 as “the most secure release yet”. Some fundamental changes are:

  • The Taskbar – now called the dock, has more significant optimisation for both touch and mouse inputs. 
  • Multitasking – A new feature known as Snap Layouts enables the user to arrange multiple windows across the screen, not in the typical side by side format we are used to seeing but instead within columns, sections or much more.
  • Improved Multi-monitor support – Windows 11 now remembers the previous positions of apps on the external monitors.
  • MS Teams – now integrated into the dock to make for easier use
  • Android Apps – Windows 11 now supports Android apps via the Amazon App Store.

A fresh look for Windows 11

The most noticeable change is the start menu, repositioned in the centre of the screen. It is also now dynamic and will change based on the time of day and the viewing content. The next favourable change is the return of Widgets; these will be accessible via the new dock and again will be dynamic based on the time of day and the apps being used.

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