The new operating system from Microsoft is just around the corner: Windows 11. What are the differences between Windows 10, when can you update your computer and what requirements does your device have to meet in order to use Windows 11? In this article, we list everything for you.
Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds and apps, “Microsoft said of the new operating system. Windows 10 has been in use since 2015 and should therefore soon be replaced.
When will Windows 11 arrive?
Windows 11 is expected to be available for most devices in early 2022. You may already be able to buy new computers running Windows 11 before the end of 2021, but Windows 10 devices are not expected to be updated until the new year. The rollout of the updates is expected to take place in the first half of 2022.
What is new?
Just to get straight to the point: Windows 11 does not include major changes. A number of features will be added (and some will also be removed), but for Microsoft it’s primarily about improving the user experience. The tech company will do that by making it all look a little calmer, slimmer and clearer.
1. New start menu layout. The menu is now in the center of the screen instead of on the page (though you can also move it to the page if you prefer). It should be easier to navigate through this menu compared to previous versions of Windows. You can also select different themes in which you want the menu to appear, such as a dark mode.
2. Work clearly with windows and desktops. In Windows 11, you can set up up to four different windows side by side. This allows you to clearly organize different tabs and programs in a format that is convenient for you. It is also possible to create different desktops. For example, you can have a desk for your personal affairs and a desk for your work, which stays nicely separated that way.
3. Add widgets to your home screen, such as notes, weather, stock price or news. So you do not have to open a specific app to see certain things, but you can see it directly on your desktop.
4. Android apps for Windows 11. The number of applications you can download has greatly expanded. The Microsoft Store is quite limited, but in Windows 11 you can also download apps from Android. Apps can be found through the Amazon App Store, which is built into the Microsoft Store. You’ll probably not be able to use Google’s Android apps on your Windows device.
5. Microsoft Teams will be integrated. Teams get a more prominent link in your Windows device and are therefore more than a separate app, so you can use the video chat program even faster and easier. Microsoft Teams has also recently become available for private use.
6. Better game support. Color and light in games have been improved, and the Xbox app with the Game Pass game service is built-in by default.
It is also good to mention that Windows 11 is on the same level as Windows 10 in terms of security, and that the required disk space is also roughly the same.
Which Windows 10 features disappear?
There are also a number of features that will be lost in the transition to Windows 11.
- Cortana Virtual Assistant. This feature is not included by default in the basic settings and it is not clear if you can still download it. Microsoft’s website shows a number of countries where Cortana will be available, but the Netherlands is not among them.
- The live tiles in the start menu. This feature disappears and leaves room for widgets.
- timeline. This feature allows you to see a history of what you have recently done on your device, but this will not be possible in Windows 11.
- Internet Explorer. Windows 11 is Microsoft’s first operating system since 1995, making it impossible to use Internet Explorer. With this, Microsoft takes a new step in the phasing out of the old browser and the transition to Edge.
We have highlighted a number of features in this article. On the Microsoft website you will find all the features that will be added or removed.
On which device can I use Windows 11?
There is a lot to do here. Initially, Microsoft indicated that devices could only run Windows 11 if they were equipped with at least an eighth-generation Intel Core chip or an AMD Ryzen 2000 chip. Microsoft is now testing whether 7th generation Intel Core chips and 2017 (1st generation) Ryzen chips will also run Windows 11. It remains to be seen what comes out of these tests.
‘Do not panic, you will be able to run Windows 11 on almost any modern PC’, writes Tweakers. “We would not be surprised if you could just as easily install Windows 11 manually if you have an older processor as long as it meets the basic requirements (1GHz, 2 cores and 64bit).”
An overview of the requirements your device must meet to run Windows 11, also compared to Windows 10, can be found on Tweaker’s website.
No Windows 11 on your device?
If you can not update your Windows 10 device to Windows 11, then you do not really have to worry. Microsoft has announced that it will continue to support Windows 10 Pro and Home until October 2025.
Source: Microsoft / Tweakers. Image source: Microsoft