On June 24th, Microsoft officially revealed Windows 11. This was an online ‘event’ streamed across the globe, where they announced to the world what Windows 11 would deliver.
It was an emotive unveiling. User first, tech second.
‘A big part of defining the future is about understanding the past,’ they told us. Windows ‘feels like home.’ ‘It’s about the people, the connections, the growth.’
‘A place you can always find your way back – a space where we always know our way around. Where we feel familiar, feel secure, feel open, feel connected, especially right now in these times of change’.
So, there is something of the familiar about Windows 11. It isn’t radically different. Rather smoothed and improved at the edges. Much like some of the lines in its new design.
‘It’s personal,’ say Microsoft. Emotional. This is what inspired them to build the Windows of tomorrow.
What does all this mean in practice?
From what they showed us at the reveal, Windows 11 does have a fresh new look and feel that is designed to make it more user friendly, including a new Start menu, with the ‘Start’ button now in the middle at the foot of the screen, rather than at the bottom on the left.
Microsoft’s goal is to enable you to get where you want to be faster.
Windows 11 features include:
- New Windows Store and Android Apps – Windows 11 will let Android apps operate on the Windows desktop
- Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and docking
- Widgets and Microsoft Edge enable you to curate the content that matters most to you
- Better touch, pen, and voice support
- Option to have multiple, customisable desktops
- Auto HDR for an improved gaming experience
- Teams directly integrated into Windows 11
Windows 11 – what do I need to know?
It’s still early days. This reveal event was to tell us that Windows 11 is arriving ‘later this year’ – expected to be towards the end of 2021. However, here is what we know so far:
- Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users (where compatible)
- Your PC must meet minimum hardware requirements – these requirements are of a higher spec than many anticipated.
- An ‘early build’ of Windows 11 will be shared with members of the Windows Insider program from next week, so we will be able to bring you more once we have seen feedback from actual ‘road testing.’
As with any significant changes to your network, you should consult with a trusted IT provider such as SCS Technology Solutions. Over the coming months we will be testing and scrutinising Windows 11 to ensure our staff are fully trained to assist customers at the time of launch.