Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, their most awaited operating system after Windows 10. The rounded corners, Mac-like centered widgets, and Start menu is the icing on the cherry.
Microsoft announced the newest version of Windows after 6 years of its initial release of Windows 10. The newest version of Windows sports an improved user interface, a new Windows Store with lot more apps, and improved performance, yeah of course saying ‘improved performance’ during the launch is an IT standard.
“Today marks a major milestone in the history of Windows,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. “It’s the beginning of a new generation.”
The User Interface of Windows 11 reassembles their own Windows 10X which was designed to take on Google’s Chrome OS. Microsoft also substituted the live tiles with a grid of icons which can be rearranged and pinned to the new start menu.
Windows 11 also comes with fresh start up and alert sounds along with more themes and a improved dark mode with adds a minimalistic sleek look to the overall UI.
With the new Windows 11, users can now split the active screen into multiple areas of the desktop using the maximize button for an enhanced user experience.
With the improved user interface served on the table, Microsoft also improved the gaming experience and productivity with Windows 11.
The new Windows 11 comes with their collaboration platform Teams, which is designed to organize virtual meetings and they also introduced Desktop Share to let users share their windows with people connected over a virtual meeting.
Alongside UI and productivity, Windows 11 also supports Auto HDR and DirectX 12 Ultimate including an xCloud integration to enable cloud gaming. This could please the PC gamer with more gaming performance and of course, you will have the Xbox game pass as the sidekick.
Is your PC upgradeable to the new Windows 11?
Before answering this question, I need to make you all clear that Windows 11 is free for every Windows 10 license holder.
Now the software upgrade cost is free but do you think your system hardware can run the latest OS which is Windows 11? You can find the answer by download and installing a tool called the ‘PC Health check‘ app which will check the compatibility of the new OS with your current system.
Minimum System Requirements
- Microsoft says to support all major SoCs by Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm as well.
- With 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
The requirement makes it a heavier version of the existing Windows 10.
Meanwhile, Microsoft on the other hand introduced a new approach called zero-revenue share which states that developers can publish and sell their apps with zero commission being paid to Microsoft for using the Windows store.
Windows 11 also includes Amazon Appstore to let users download Android apps directly into their PC without third-party emulators.