Windows 11 – the next iteration of Microsoft’s flagship operating system – was unveiled at the What’s Next for Windows event. The new OS features a big overhaul along with lots of new features. Besides its all-new look, Windows 11 offers a lot of productivity improvements, including Snap Layouts, which enable multiple apps to run at the same time. New widgets for staying up to date on the latest news are also part of Windows 11, as are improvements to Microsoft Teams and new features in the Windows Store. Additionally, Windows 11 can run Android apps. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows 11: Features, Minimum System Requirements and more.
Windows 11 Features and Changes
- One of the first things you’ll notice about Windows 11 is that its new Start menu and new Start button which are both now centred on the taskbar. It closely resembles the user interface on Windows 10X, Microsoft’s original dual-screen project that was eventually cancelled.
- The Snap Layouts feature also offers new multitasking features, as you can arrange multiple windows across the screen, in columns, sections, and more. There’s this new addition of Snap Groups, using which users can go reopen previously snapped windows from the dock. For example, you can now open your Photos app, Edge browser windows together without having to snap them back to your desired positions again.
- Microsoft Teams is now integrated with the dock and now allows you to easily participate in meetings and family calls.
- It’s finally here; Microsoft is revamping their Store, with more curated content, and better options for storing, accessing, and viewing show purchases. Microsoft’s redesigned store for Windows 11 already offers apps like Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Pinterest.
- One of the new features, I’m excited to check out is Android apps for Windows 11. Apps will be discoverable from the Microsoft Store, through the Amazon App Store, so users can enjoy their favourite Android apps such as TikTok and more, ready to use on a PC or tablet.
- Microsoft touts the dynamic features of Windows 11’s Widgets, accessible via the dock, which change depending on which apps are running in the background and the time of day. The desktop widgets can be accessed by sliding from the left on the touchscreen.
- The Xbox app in Windows 10 will be replaced by a Game Pass app in Windows 11, which makes it easier for users to access and download games, such as Doom Eternal, Halo Infinite, and so on.
- Games and media will look better when playing with HDR on compatible machines, with improved lighting and contrast. Microsoft has also added Direct Storage, enabling you to download/install the main game assets even faster.
- In Windows 11, Microsoft promises that it will be much faster at waking from sleep, with Windows Hello log-ins, and the latest background Windows updates, which will be 40% smaller in size.
- The Windows tablet experience has been improved in Windows 11. You’ll notice subtle changes in the UI as soon as you switch your device to tablet mode or unplug the keyboard. You’ll notice icons are more spaced out and the touch targets are larger. New animations make it easier to move around windows by touch.
Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements
Windows 11 has a few key differences from its predecessor, one of which is that it can only be installed on systems with 64-bit processors. In any case, 32-bit applications will still be able to be used. To run Windows 11, users will require at least a dual-core processor with a minimum clock speed of 1GHz, a 64GB hard drive, and 4GB RAM. A 9-inch display with 1366*768 resolution, as well as UEFI, Secure Boot, and TPM 2.0 are also required.
Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to all Windows 10 users, but hardware requirements will still apply. This update will be released by the end of the third quarter or in the fourth quarter. Microsoft will let users start using Windows 11 on their devices as early as next week thanks to the Windows Insider program.