You may not have asked for it, but you’re going to get it. Windows 11 is coming this fall. Here’s everything you need to know.
What will it cost? Windows 11 will come pre-installed on new PCs starting this fall and you’ll be able to upgrade many Windows 10 devices to Windows 11 for free starting at the end of the year.
Can my PC upgrade? Here are the minimum requirements to upgrade:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display: Larger than 9” with HD Resolution (720p)
Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home. If your device can’t upgrade to Windows 11, Windows 10 is supported through 2025.
When can I upgrade? The upgrades will begin rolling out at the end of the year. Availability will vary depending on your device.
What’s New? Let’s start with the Start Menu, it’s making the move from the left side to the center. Microsoft is aiming to have a consistent experience across tablets and desktops. You’ll notice it looks similar to the dock on a Mac. They’ve also redesigned the look of icons and menus.
The company described the changes in typical pretentious corporate speak as follows: “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease.”
I’m sure we all know the sense of calm and ease that accompanies any new operating system. Since we all love it when stuff gets moved around on our devices. Microsoft will be integrating Microsoft Teams into Windows 11 much the way FaceTime is part of a Mac.
They also promise to bring new features to the Interests pop-up menu that most of you seem to already hate if your emails to me are any indication.
There should also be more apps available in the redesigned Windows Store. It will now accepts Android apps installed through the Amazon App Store.
I’ve already set up to try out the beta version of the update. I’ll let you know what I think.