Release Date, Features, and Everything You Need to Know About Windows 11

Microsoft’s new OS has its fair share of new features.

It’s official: Microsoft has announced that the new version of Windows will be called Windows 11 and will be released as a free update (and on new PCs) in late 2021. Over the next few weeks and months, Windows Insiders will be able to test all the new features and we can learn more about them – Here we will talk about everything you need to know about Windows 11 today.

Insiders Next Week, Launch Late 2021

If you’ve signed up as a Windows Insider, you’ll be able to try an official early version of Windows 11 next week (The week of June 29) according to Microsoft. Microsoft says that anyone on the Dev or Beta channels will be able to test the Insider version of Windows 11, as long as their hardware meets the requirements.

To sign up or change your channel, go to Settings> Updates & Security> Windows Insider Program. Microsoft also indicates that the official update will be released in late 2021, so you can expect it between October and December.

Free update, requirements list.

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 will be a free update for those with an older version of Windows and the appropriate hardware. According to the Microsoft Blog, the minimum requirements are:

CPU: 1GHz or more with 2 or more cores and 64-bit

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB

BIOS: With Secure Boot

TPM 2.0

Screen: 9 or more inches with 720p resolution

Internet connectivity and a Microsoft account. There will be no offline installations

GPU: DirectX 12 compatible

This exceeds the Windows 10 system requirements in a number of ways. These were a 1GHz CPU (but not dual-core or 64-bit), just 1 or 2GB of RAM, 16-20GB of storage, and a DirectX 9 GPU with a minimum resolution of 800×600.

The TPM 2.0 requirement could bypass many users, particularly those with self-assembled computers. Not all motherboards come with an integrated TPM module, although some motherboards have a connector to which a separately purchased TPM module can be connected. Many systems have TPM but it is disabled so you will have to enable it in your BIOS.

Even fairly recent CPUs might not work.

Microsoft has also said that even computers with Secure Boot and TPM 2.0, but with a CPU older than an 8th Gen 8-core Intel or an AMD Ryzen 2000 series, will not be compatible with the new operating system (for trial versions, a older hardware might do). The company has published Intel and AMD CPU compatibility lists that omit any CPUs prior to these generations.

Both the 7th generation Intel and the AMD Ryzen 1000 series were released in 2017 and continue to be actively produced and sold. For example, Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2 has a 7th Gen Intel CPU and sells for over $ 3,000.

We asked a Microsoft spokesperson about this list and did not get what we consider a firm answer. Meanwhile, on Twitter, Microsoft Vice President Steve Dispensa wrote, “Windows 11 will be compatible only with the list that I have previously posted. There are more requirements than just TPM 2.0 (and all supported chipsets should have TPM 2.0, so this is generally not a problem) ”.

However, Dispensa also wrote on Twitter “the lists will change in the future.” If this does not happen, a large number of users will not be able to enjoy the new operating system.

New Start Menu

The new Start menu appears by default in the middle of the screen, although you can change the settings so that it appears on the left. There will no longer be windows with live previews; these are replaced by simple and colorful icons.

The menu, according to Microsoft, uses “the cloud” to assist you by showing you recommended applications / documents, regardless of which device you were last using. As an example, Microsoft partner and director of Windows User Experience, Carmen Zlateff, showed how a document she was viewing on her phone appeared in the start menu of her PC.

Windows 11 also has a new search experience, which now appears in a separate window (no more search text bar). It is also supposed to search other devices and services just like the Bing search engine on the web.

Window Docking Groups and Layouts

In Windows 11, if you hover your mouse over the minimize / maximize button, you can choose different docking layout options based on the size of your screen. If, for example, you have three applications open and enough space, you will have the option of dividing the screen into three equal parts or for one window to occupy half the screen and the other two to each occupy a quarter of the screen.

If you have to interrupt your workflow to, for example, reply to an incoming email, you can retrieve your coupling layout by clicking an icon on the taskbar. The icons for these “docking groups” will appear next to the application icons so you can easily switch to a different layout with one click.

Connection and Disconnection to Docking Stations: Windows remembers

If you have a tablet or laptop that you can plug into a docking station or external monitor and then unplug it, Windows 11 will automatically minimize the windows that were on the external monitor when you unplug them and automatically restore them when you plug it back in. This is a great advantage for anyone who has to take their laptop into a conference room for a meeting and then return to their desk after the meeting is over.

Virtual Desktops now allow customizable wallpapers.

The virtual desktop experience has been enhanced so that each desktop now has its own distinctive wallpaper and appearance. Zlateff said this is a good way to separate the work experience from the home and gaming experience.

Teams integrated with Windows

The Teams icon will be on the taskbar and you can use it to call anyone who uses Teams on any device, including Android and iOS. You will be able to send and receive SMS messages from the task bar.

The news feed adapts to you, trying to show you news that you want to see, based on your preferences. There is also a feature that allows you to give your opinion or advice to content creators

Windows widgets

A drop-down panel on the left side of the screen shows you the “Windows Widgets”, a group of tools for displaying news, weather and stock information. This is a nice evolution of the weather and news bar that we see in recent versions of Windows 10.

New Touch experience

Say goodbye to “tablet mode”. When in tablet mode on a 2-in-1, you’ll see a little more space between your icons and larger touch buttons, but the interface will still look mostly the same. You’ll be able to use the same gestures – for example, three fingers to scroll – that you use on a Windows Precision Touchpad.

The pen experience has also been updated to allow haptic feedback as you type. The touch keyboard is brand new and will allow you to customize its appearance and use emojis. Speech typing has also been improved and adds punctuation marks automatically while following voice commands like “erase that” to help you edit.

Auto HDR for Gaming

If your monitor supports HDR but your games don’t, Windows 11 will convert the color and highlights. In a Demo, Sarah Bond from Microsoft showed us how this feature made Skyrim look much more colorful and alive. This feature originated on the Xbox and will now be available on PC.

DirectStorage Help with Loading Times

Another Xbox feature now found in Windows, DirectStorage, allows your game to load content directly from your NVMe SSD into your GPU memory, without using up a lot of your CPU resources. This translates into better loading times and less time waiting.

Xbox Game Pass Integrated

Xbox Game Pass will be built into Windows 11, so if you pay for a subscription, you will have access to hundreds of titles. Xbox Cloud Gaming will also be available so you can play on systems that have inferior hardware.

New Microsoft Store Policies

The Microsoft Store will be able to have all kinds of applications, even those programmed in PWA, UWP or Win32 format. If you use your own commerce engine, you will not have to pay any fees or commissions to Microsoft. However, if you use the Microsoft engine, the earnings will be split 85/15 on regular apps and 88/12 on games.

Android apps on Windows 11

You can run Android applications directly from Windows and find them in the Microsoft Store through the Amazon app store. Windows will use Intel’s Bridge technology, an instruction compiler, to allow Android applications to run natively and be treated like any other Windows application that you can dock, pin to the launch bar, etc. Panay used TikTok to showcase this capability.

Yes, the technology will work on Intel and AMD CPUs. Intel claims that “Bridge technology is an instruction compiler that allows applications to run natively on x86 instruction-based devices.” Additionally, in a later announcement, Microsoft’s Director of Development Platform Kevin Gallo confirmed that this “Android subsystem for Linux” would run on both processor brands.

Windows 11 Ready to Run Computers

Get ready for the hype.”Computers with Windows 11″ will be available soon, according to Microsoft. Considering that the hardware requirements are so low that any new computer can meet them, this sounds more like a marketing strategy than useful information.

We have already received news from Acer and Dell that all or most of their recent products are compatible with Windows 11. Suffice it to say that if your computer has less than 4GB of RAM and a processor of less than 1GHz, Windows 10 is probably not running very well in your case. However, we do not know if all of these computers came with TPM 2.0 modules on their motherboards.

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