Sun Jun 27 2021
Let’s get into the details of what’s inside Windows 11
As we’ve previously talked about, Microsoft are releasing a new version of Windows – the aptly named Windows 11.
Well, it’s almost here…So what will be included in the new OS?
Let’s start with the cosmetic changes.
Windows 11 will see a redesigned start button, revamped task bar and sounds and a whole boost to efficiency and speed by design. The updated OS will also feature some brand spanking new widgets to provide details like weather, news, updates, the time and more. If you’re into personalising your desktop to your aesthetic, then now is the time to get excited.
Icons are also seeing a bit of a shift to the centre of the taskbar which will give it a more macOS-like feel, but hey, we can give that a shot, right?
Are you a big multitasker?
The new Snap Groups feature allows users to collate several apps into a single group, it’ll be accessible straight from the taskbar and will be heaven-sent for task switchers. In the same vein, Snap Layout will allow for users to run multiple windows simultaneously on the same screen.
For the post-Covid world, Microsoft Teams will be put in the spotlight for Windows 11 and will be even easier for users to connect with personal and work contacts, with chats and calls being launched with a single touch or click.
That’s the cosmetic and a couple of funky user driven additions to the new OS. The real meat however is in the App Store update.
Microsoft says the app store will now support third-party Android apps and through a partnership with Amazon, users will even be able to download them via the Amazon store. Microsoft worked with Intel, using its Intel Bridge technology to achieve this.
They’re also widening their app selection by making it easier for app developers to write programmes. Developers will now be able to publish any kind of app on the new App store, regardless of framework and packaging technology- such as Win32, .NET, UWP, Xamarin, Electron, React Native, Java, and Progressive Web Apps.
The only cost involved will be the minimum of a dual-core 64-bit processor, at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of free storage space as Windows 11 isn’t actually very resource heavy. It’ll be available towards the end of the year on new desktops, laptops, and other devices and Windows 10 users will be able to download it for free, provided their device meets the above specifications.
The CPU really is the main thing to focus on, however.
Windows 11 starts at the eighth generation of Intel processors – Coffee Lake, which turned up in 2017.
So yes, Windows 11 will be able to run on your older hardware as much of the current Dell, HP, and Lenovo line-up have more recent chips but older systems may need replacement if Windows 11 is to be installed.
Sun Jun 27 2021