Windows 11 has been launched on Oct. 5, 2021. It brings new looks, useful tools, added capabilities, and performance advances alongside updated default applications. Most of the work has been dedicated to interface redesign, that is why Windows 11 remains functionally similar to Windows 10, so switching from Windows 10 version to the upgraded OS version is expected to be easy and seamless.
Windows 11 introduces the new Taskbar, Start Menu, and File Explorer. For decades the Windows Start Button has been placed in the lower-left corner of the screen, but now you will find it at the left edge of centered icons. A Taskbar alignment option lets you change the default position though.
The new Taskbar has smaller buttons compared to Windows 10.
The Start menu in Windows 11 has been changed dramatically. Pinned app buttons are at the top of its panel. Recent and frequent apps and documents are in a section below them.
A new Widget panel in Windows 11 provides you information about news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes, and many more.
The new Settings interface is noticeably redesigned; however, you still can find Light and Dark mode settings in the Personalization > Colors setting area.
The new Snap Layouts tool that appears as an option in the Taskbar allows you to optimize your screen space for increased productivity. You have a choice of layouts – two windows side-by-side, three with one large and two small, etc.
Windows 11 allows connecting to MS Teams in just one touch. Using Chat from MS Teams you can reach anyone in the way you prefer – call, text, chat, or video -right from your desktop. Chat and calling are built into your Taskbar and can be easily integrated with Outlook and Calendar not to miss out on any important calls and to be able to connect in just a few clicks.
As for gaming, Windows 11 introduces Auto HDR and DirectStorage. The first technology aims to expand color space and the second one can speed up game loading times by bypassing the CPU and allowing graphics memory to load directly. The Xbox app that is built-in Windows 11 offers access to the Xbox Game Pass collection of video games.
Dynamic refresh implemented in Window 11 can extend laptop battery life by decreasing a screen’s high refresh rate when it’s not needed. The OS also supports the much faster Wi-Fi 6E standard.
What Are the system Requirements for Windows 11?
The system requirements for Windows 11 are very low – a 1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. A 64-bit processor will be required. You will also need a computer with a TPM security chip and Secure Boot capability. The CPU model needs to be quite modern – no older than the last four years. You can find the PC Health Check app on the Microsoft website to see if your PC can run Windows 11.
Windows 11 keeps most of the feature set of Windows 10 and enhances the operating system with a more attractive, modern interface. Among the key Windows 11 pros are:
- Attractive new design
- Broader window layout options
- Gaming video upgrades
- Better multi-monitor functionality
At the same time, the new OS version requires a recent CPU, and some interface changes are unusual and may take getting used to.