Microsoft has announced plans to soon release Windows 11, a much-anticipated update for the company’s operating system. On top of being free for all current users who use Windows 10, this new version is jam-packed with exciting features and improvements which will make your life easier than ever before.
Microsoft Windows 11 Release Date
Microsoft is launching Windows 11 this fall with many new features. This will be a free update for users of the current version, and it’s also optional so you can stick to your old operating system until support runs out in 2025! The upgrade process has been made easy too – all you have to do is check if your PC meets the minimum requirements on Microsoft’s website. There are some hardware limitations that may affect whether or not upgrading from older versions like Windows 10 to Windows 11 would work as intended though- there might need more advanced CPUs than what were needed previously.
It’s time to make the jump from Windows 10! Starting June 28, you can also test and evaluate your experience with new features of Windows 11. Sign up for a free trial on Insider Dev Channel today so that you are ready before it hits shelves later this year.
Windows 11 Installation Requirements
Microsoft has set a new system requirements for Windows 11 that will ensure both the security and stability is top notch. The company uses these guidelines to make sure all PCs are performing optimally when using their latest operating systems.
- 64GB Storage on drive
- 1Ghz dual core processor
- 9 inch display
- 4 GB RAM
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- Secure Boot, UEFI, and TPM 2.0 compatible
- Direct X 12 compatible graphics.
Microsoft’s newest OS is only available on 64-bit processors, and even if your system has a compatible CPU you won’t be able to run the latest Windows 11 release. Microsoft wants their customers who purchase PCs with 8th generation Intel CPUs or newer will have access to all of its features which means anyone running an older PC processor simply can’t use it anymore unless they keep using old versions like 7, Vista, or XP for as long as possible after this new upgrade goes live later in 2019.
In the not so distant future, Windows 11 will be released. The new OS is designed to work on devices of a certain size and requirements for RAM, storage space, and display are also much higher than they were with its predecessor Windows 10.
For example: required drive storage has jumped from 16GB in previous versions up to 64GB; requirement for screens increased from 9-inches or smaller (the smallest allowed by Microsoft) up to 24-inches minimum – anything lower won’t include support for touchscreen input either due too “Windows 8 touch APIs” being reworked as well as some other changes since it’s been nearly 5 years since Win10 was launched.
Microsoft Windows 11 Features
Windows 11 is still in the early stages of development, but it features a whole lot of changes and improvements that set it apart from Windows 10. To begin with, Microsoft has overhauled their UI design to be more user-friendly than ever before. They’ve made many small tweaks throughout different areas including menus and buttons so everything’s easier for everyone to use without too much hassle or confusion.
Microsoft is redesigning their OS to help you stay productive or in your creative flow. Not only does the new UI hide and minimize distractions, it also introduces features that advance productivity such as “Snap navigator” which helps snap up an app window without dragging them out of place. This way users can take advantage of predetermined layouts without having to adjust anything themselves.
The new Chat app lets users share files, text, and video with friends or colleagues from the Taskbar. This is great because it’s so easy to use! The power of Teams can be seen in Windows 11 where you are able to mute your mic using the System Tray area on a PC; this was never possible before without having an external device like Skype or FaceTime open.
Microsoft’s new Start menu and Taskbar experience is centered by default. Gone are live tiles, replaced with a grid of app icons that can be rearranged. Pinned and running apps in the Taskbar now match this style too- aligned to center just like their counterparts on your homescreen or tablet device! There are many subtle animations when clicking anything around so you never feel bored while using it either; even something as small as being able to move an icon from one side of the screen onto another makes for a satisfying (and distinctive) movement sequence.
Quick Actions on the Taskbar are now known as Quick Settings and can be accessed with a single click. From here, you will find simple actions like enabling Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections to more advanced options for configuring focus mode of your device’s camera lens in photography apps – all at your fingertips! The date and time has been conveniently moved into this section so users have access to their calendar view without having to open it separately.
Windows 11 is a much more open system compared to Windows 10 and its predecessors. The announcement of the new “Widgets” panel that houses features such as To Do, Calendar, Photos, and news from MSN adds even more customization options for users. Overall it seems like Microsoft has really listened to their customer’s demands this time around with many touches coming towards usability enhancements requested by gamers in particular.
New Experience in Windows 11 for Touch Screen
In Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11, they are showing how much of a focus is being placed on touch experiences. New gestures and features will make it easier to use the OS with your fingers or stylus. One new addition that has been made is increasing the hitboxes around app windows so you can resize them more easily while using touchscreen technology such as tablets.
It will also have subtle animations in an effort to enhance just what this means for users who primarily interact through screens via their fingertips or other types of interfaces like pens/styluses etcetera- by making these interactions feel fluid and native; all part of Microsoft’s goal towards creating something uniquely tailored towards personal preference when interacting with a computer regardless if it be keyboard+mouse combos.
With the new Windows 11 update, Apps and Task View can now be closed with a swipe of three or four fingers. The Touch Keyboard has also been updated to include SwiftKey-like theming support for emoji panels that have gifs included as well. Pen users will enjoy being able to pin any app they want on their quick launch bar through the newly designed Pen Workspace interface.
Microsoft Windows 11 Store
In addition to the new fluid UI, Microsoft will also be changing up their policies that govern what kind of apps are allowed in. The Windows Store is now allowing software from outside developers and third-party sources on a case by case basis. The biggest change with this announcement for the average user would have been most likely seen as one of relief when it came to updates; after all, who wants more bloatware?
Microsoft has made the app submission process easier and more affordable for developers. Now, any developer can submit their unpackaged Win32 apps in .exe or .MSI form to be listed on the Microsoft Store without taking a cut of revenue from sales made. This will open up Windows platform’s largest marketplace with millions of new potential customers who have never accessed it before.
Microsoft says it’s adding its own apps, such as Teams, Office, and Visual Studio to the new Microsoft Store to show the world that they’re serious about this new store effort. Furthermore–with more Android apps like TikTok coming soon!–Microsoft is showing us that developers can feel at home on their platform with Windows 11 and The New Microsoft Store.
Windows 11 is the Major Update of the Decade
Microsoft has announced that with Windows 11, the company is returning to releasing just one major feature update a year. With Windows 10, Microsoft tried to ship two major updates to the OS but often struggled without bugs causing problems for end-users. Going back down only 1 release will align it more closely with competition and give them time build out new features in each version of their operating system making every upgrade worthwhile as opposed before when many users were worried about moving forward from windows 7 or 8. Because they didn’t want all software taking up space on their device anymore than needed. The latest rumors suggest we could see an autumn reveal which likely means our next big window’s update should be coming soon.
Upgrade Windows 11 for Free
Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will be released later this year and offered as a free upgrade for users of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10. For OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), however, there is no time limit in which they must purchase or install the new software due to licenses costing money. Interestingly enough, those who choose not to immediately update their computers from its predecessor -Windows 7-to Window 12 can still use it by upgrading at some point after release with an activated license intact because previous versions followed suit when transitioning between iterations also; we expect nothing different here.