Get Ready: Windows 11 is Coming

Change is inevitable and whilst Windows 10 was purportedly the last version of Windows 10, some six years later Microsoft announced today the release of Windows 11 which will be released later this year (before the holidays) – and it is promising some big changes…

Technology companies have a tendency to get very excited about their Microsoft’s new Windows 11 flagship is no different.

You can watch the launch video here:

If you want to skip to the key points in the video, we recommend:

  • 4 mins 29 seconds – A flyby view on the look/feel and some of the new features
  • 10 mins 10 seconds – Windows Users Experience (Snap Layouts, Widgets, Snap Groups etc.)
  • 15 mins 20 seconds – Teams Integration
  • 33 mins 20 seconds – Improvements to the Windows Store
  • 35 mins 30 seconds – Android App Integration

Windows 11 in Summary

Windows has played a big part in many peoples lives for 35 years so for most users the excitement about a new version is always tempered with concerns about compatibility / performance / stability.

On the surface the new release is more of the same, but with some interesting new features designed to boost productivity, a fresh lick of paint, and some exciting new features including:

Windows 11 Minimum system requirements

  • Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory 4 GB RAM
  • Storage 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v2.0
  • Graphics card DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display > 9″ with HD Resolution (720p)
  • Internet connection, Microsoft account, and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home
  • Certain features require specific hardware, see detailed system requirements.

Compatibility Check

To find out if your system is compatible, Microsoft has product a FREE Health Check application available here

Windows 11 Features

  • Speed Improvements
  • Updates have been optimised to be 40% small and less invasive
  • New Start menu
  • Tighter integration between devices
  • Windows will use less energy which should increase battery life
  • Security enhancements to make it the most secure version of Windows
  • An improved Store Experience
  • Integration of Microsoft Teams
  • Widgets
  • Snap Layouts expanding on the existing Snap settings with display optimised layouts
  • Snap Groups with smart docking / undocking
  • News Feed (already available in the latest release of Windows 10)
  • Improvements to the Windows Desktops feature allowing more customisations
  • Integration of Android Apps into Windows, opening up a whole new world
  • Gamers will enjoy improved graphics with Auto-HDR to improve colours and Direct Storage to improve load times

Ultimately, as someone who spends a lot of time working with Windows and supporting those who use it, the litmus test will come down to compatibility / performance / stability and learning curve. And whether the promised new features deliver the anticipated productivity and experience improvements.

With change comes the inevitable learning curve. But I am excited for the new version of Windows, and look forward to taking it for a test drive real soon. And once it arrives, if you need a hand preparing for the update, or setting up your new computer, Excalibur IT has you covered.

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