Microsoft is to release Windows 11 later this year, but what does that mean for the average user? Here are some of the most likely changes you can expect with Windows 11.
- A new Start Menu
- Redesigned windows
- Updates to Skype and Cortana
The New Start Menu
Windows 11 will include a new start menu with two separate sections, one for your most used applications and the other for your recently opened files.
The Redesigned Windows
Another likely change you can expect is the design of windows, as Microsoft is moving toward bringing back old favorites like Aero glass by updating their look.
Updates to Skype and Cortana
With Windows 11, Microsoft plans on updating its popular communication apps, including the likes of Skype. Additionally, there will be another virtual assistant, like Apple’s Siri, to compete with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
How Will Windows 11 Affect Computers?
Microsoft has been testing the program for a while now, and there have been no significant issues. Because of this, likely, you won’t need to make any changes to your computer for Windows 11 to run smoothly once released.
What Do You Need?
You will need a CPU with a minimum speed of either one gigahertz or faster if your system only runs 32-bit operating systems. If you’re planning on running 64-bit systems, then you’ll want at least two gigabytes worth of memory as well as 20 GB available space on your hard drive.
It may be best to check out Microsoft’s website, which lists both recommended and minimum specifications before upgrading so that you know what kind of hardware requirements you’ll face.
How Do You Upgrade?
If your computer meets the basic requirements for running Windows 11, then upgrading is easy. You will be able to download an installer on Microsoft’s website, which you can use to run through a simple process that will transfer over all of your files and settings automatically.
You may need some additional software if specific programs or hardware components work with older versions of Windows, as they won’t necessarily be compatible with Windows 11 right off the bat. However, most systems should have everything you’ll need after installation, even without any additional downloads.
How About Security?
Upgrading to Windows 11 will leave your system more secure as Microsoft has been working on the new version of the operating system for a while now. During this time, they have made several fixes that would be difficult to reinstall if you were switching back.
The most extensive security updates come from enhanced built-in antivirus protection, which can help prevent malware attacks before they even start by scanning applications right when you download them. Still, there are other more minor changes, such as updated login protocols and an improved firewall.
How Do You Get It?
You should be able to purchase Windows 11 either through Microsoft’s website or other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. There are both standard and professional versions available. Still, the only real difference is that you can use certain functions of one version while at work, whereas these would typically require unique licensing on your part if it were for home use instead.
In conclusion, Windows 11 is likely to be a welcome change for average users and power users alike. While some minor changes are needed for most computer components to work correctly, this should only cause you minimal headaches, if any at all.