New design, same old Windows, and that’s a good thing.

Windows is the world’s most popular operating system for desktop and laptop computers. For decades, businesses around the world have relied on Windows to run their IT systems and processes. So, when Microsoft launches a new version of Windows, the whole world sits up and takes notice. Welcome then, to Windows 11.

So what’s new? Windows 11 offers a sleek, modern and more consistent design. Despite its new look, Windows 11 remains functionally similar to Windows 10. This is a good thing as it means that users who upgrade to the new version over the next few months or years will find that it feels familiar. 

Windows 11 launched in October and the upgrade is coming to both recent and new PCs. It will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users on a rolling basis, based on validated hardware configurations. The rollout will be complete by mid-2022. 

System requirements for running Windows 11 are a 1 Ghz minimum processor, 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage. A 64-bit processor is required. Most PC’s from the last three or four years should be fine to run Windows 11. 

One of the key new features in Windows 11 is the widget panel which shows tiles for news, weather, financial market updates and so forth. Third party developers can offer content through Windows 11 widgets and we will likely see these become available over the coming months.

Windows 11 has been designed with Microsoft Teams video conferencing in mind. With the increasing importance of virtual meetings, having Teams chat and Teams video conferencing in the taskbar as a default, is quite a helpful feature. 

In summary, Windows 11 is easy to use and more streamlined. It offers some useful tools and the roadmap for future development suggests that it will continue to improve over time.

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