Microsoft has finally announced Windows 11 on June 24, and it does bring some of the major changes over Windows 10. Back when Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft said that it is going to be the last version of Windows, and Windows will work on improving Windows 10. But recently, Microsoft created the hype around Windows 11 and launched it at the event held on June 24. Let’s discuss what changes, improvements, and new features it brings.
Features And UI Changes
Users will be seeing a lot of UI changes over the last generation of Windows 10 with the newly announced Windows 11. Given below are some of the features and UI changes that Windows 11 brings in.
New Desktop UI
The very first change that you are going to notice is the desktop UI. The Desktop UI has been getting better since Windows 8, but in Windows 11, the desktop UI is what you can call elegant and clean. In Windows 11, the icons present on the taskbar will be centered, and all the apps will have rounded corners. Moreover, there is a new start menu, which is floating and not connected to the taskbar.
The design has been inspired by the Windows 10X, which Microsoft was planning to launch in competition to Chrome OS, but now it has been cancelled. However, Windows 11 do share various UI changes brought from Windows 10X.
There will be a new widgets panel that will be accessible from the new centered taskbar icons. You will be able to view weather updates, news, and much more with the widget panel.
Improvements In Gaming
Microsoft brings support for Auto-HDR, which offers a superior gaming experience. Moreover, the company will also be porting the direct storage API from the Xbox Series X. It will ensure better gaming performance and faster launch speeds.
Windows 11 will bring touch improvements in tablets and touch-screen computers. The OS will feel the same for all the PC and tablets. There are improved trackpad gestures. Moreover, the immersive stylus experience makes it more intuitive for touch-screen devices.
Changed Action Center
The action center was brought to users with Windows 10, and it was quite a handy feature for people. It helped them access quick settings, and also view the notification on their PC. Windows 11 features a completed redesigned Action. You will have the same toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Battery Saved, Focus Assist like you used to have in Windows 10. However, Windows 11 has added a music playback window to the action center.
Along with it, you get to see a new ‘Snap layouts’ feature. This feature makes it easier for one to snap apps on Windows. To see the snap layouts, users will have to hover over the maximize button on the app window, and they will be able to see snap layouts.
The very next big change that we will be seeing with the Windows 11 is the improved Microsoft Store. Microsoft has redesigned the Microsoft Store in Windows 11. Moreover, the brand has also integrated Amazon AppStore into the Microsoft Store. Because of this integration, users will now be able to download Android apps on Windows 11.
Users running on Windows 11 will be able to download and run their favourite Android apps on their PC now. There are a whole lot of Android apps that will be available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 11. It will be a new experience for Windows users to be able to run Android apps on Windows.
How To Upgrade To Windows 11?
Microsoft on its website has mentioned that users will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 if they are having a PC that is compatible with the latest version of Windows. There are certain minimum requirements that your PC need to fulfil to be able to upgrade to Windows 11.
- Your PC needs to have a 1GHz processor or faster with 2 or more cores.
- Minimum 4GB RAM is required
- Your PC needs to at least 64GB of storage
- UEFI, secure boot capable firmware.
- Truster platform module version 2.0 is required.
- Compatibility with DirectX 12 or WDDM 2.x
- Your PC must have a display greater than 9inch having HD resolution or more.
- A stable internet and a Microsoft Account.
Users can check whether their PC is compatible or not, using the PC Health Check App. You can download the PC Health Check App from this link. If your PC is compatible then you will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free when it rolls out.
Windows 11 is a complete revamp over Windows 10, and it does bring various features to PC users. Moreover, if your PC is compatible, you will be getting a free upgrade to Windows 11. Do let us know whether you are excited to try Windows 11 on your PC or not.
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