Windows 11 is a Microsoft OS upgrade from Windows 10 which was unveiled last month as the next generation OS. It will be available as a free update to existing Windows 10 users – although some devices are unable to run the new system, which requires a minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM.
Some of the features of Windows 11
Here are a few of the standout new features in Windows 11:
- A new look interface. Windows 11 features a clean design with rounded corners, pastel shades and a centered Start menu and Taskbar.
- Integrated Android apps. Android apps will be coming to Windows 11 and installable from within the new Microsoft Store via the Amazon Appstore.
- Widgets. You can now access widgets directly from the Taskbar and personalize them to see whatever you’d like.
- Microsoft Teams integration. Teams will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 Taskbar, making it easier to access.
- Xbox tech for better gaming. Windows 11 will get certain features found in Xbox consoles, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to improve gaming on your Windows PC.
- Better virtual desktop support. Windows 11 will let you set up virtual desktops, toggling between multiple desktops for personal, work, school or gaming use.
- Easier transition from monitor to laptop, and better multitasking. The new OS includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts — collections of the apps you’re using at once that sit in the Taskbar, and can come up or be minimized at the same time for easier task switching. They also let you plug and unplug from a monitor more easily without losing where your open windows are located.
Pros and cons
- Beautiful, more consistent new design
- New video game selection and capabilities
- Great window layout options
- Better multi-monitor functionality
- Improved performance features
- Runs Android apps
- Requires recent CPU
- Unfamiliar look may annoy longtime Windows users
- Some useful tools going away
Minimum Specifications Requirements
Microsoft have published the requirements for the update, but they are subject to change with time.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p, 8-bit per color channel, at least 9-inch diagonal
- Internet Connection and Microsoft Account
How can I download Windows 11 once it’s available?
Once Windows 11 becomes generally available, you’ll download it the same way you would any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.