Written by Tim on 01 July 2021

Windows 11 – what you need to know

The next generation of Windows has arrived!

In June Microsoft held a virtual event ‘What’s next for Windows’ to share what to expect with the coming Windows 11 release. An early preview version of the new system has also been released for app developers to see what’s coming.

So as a Windows 10 user, what do you need to know?

Well, it’ll be free for you to upgrade to Windows 11, but your devices will need to have the right specifications. Basically, a minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM is needed. You can check your device spec’ to see if you’ll be able to update.

Here are some of the main changes you can expect to see:

• Microsoft will bring Android apps to Windows via their new Store – so better integration for Android users.
• You’ll be able to customise the look, feel and functionality of multiple desktops.
• You’ll be able to personalise the widgets you rely on most.
• The Start menu will be in the centre of the desktop as opposed to the bottom left-hand corner.
• Teams will take centre stage by replacing Skype and Skype’s ‘Meet now’ feature.
• Expect to see snap grids, allowing you better control of the positioning of shapes and objects in PowerPoint.
• Exciting news for gamers – Xbox Games Pass, a subscription service offering access to hundreds of games, will be pre-installed. Expect to see bigger, better graphics, a wider variety of games and faster speeds.
• Security updates will be smaller and faster and will happen in the background, so no annoying downtime waiting for updates during the day.

The new operating system was based on the code of Windows 10, so you should experience only a few upgrade glitches. The changes are so that you shouldn’t need training to familiarise yourself and your team with the updates which’ll save you valuable time.

How long will Windows 10 be supported for?

The upgrade is predicted to be available later this year. Microsoft has said they’ll support Window 10 until October 2025, so plenty of time to plan your organisation’s upgrade.

If you’d like to find out more about Windows 11, or even support with your upgrade plan, we can help.

Drop us a message or call us on 01625 837 800.

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