Windows 10 was released in July 2015, followed by six years of updates, security patches, and feature additions. Now, Microsoft is preparing to release the successor OS to Windows 10, aptly named Windows 11. While the OS is not yet ready for release to the general public, it has been released for Windows Insiders to download and explore, as a precursor to general release after Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Windows 11 and works with Insiders including computer repair experts, software developers and tech specialists to work out any user experience issues that may crop up.
Windows 11 Compatibility and Requirements
While some may think that it is a given that their Windows 10 PC will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 when the software is finally released, this is not a guarantee. The new OS puts a greater demand on the hardware, so the requirements for running Windows 11 are higher than what was necessary for Windows 10. Fortunately for users looking to upgrade, most PCs will be able to handle the increased requirements without much trouble, the major requirements are summarized in the following list.
- 1 GHz or faster 64-bit processor.
- 4 GB RAM – twice the requirement of 64-bit Windows 10.
- 64 GB storage – again, twice the requirement of 64-bit Windows 10
- Compatibility with DirectX 12 graphics, up from DirectX 9.
- Latest version of Windows 10.
Windows 11 Features
One of the most notable features of Windows 11 is that Android apps will now be available for download and installation in the Microsoft Store. While it was possible to run Android apps on Windows 10 using specific workarounds, the feature will now be a native part of Windows 11.
Gamers will appreciate the improvements to gaming capabilities, achieved by using technology from Xbox consoles, such as Auto HDR and DirectStorage. These improvements can help improve gaming performance and immerse players in the digital world of their choice.
Windows 11 will have an improved system for using and managing virtual desktops, making it easier to multitask and quickly switch between various collections of programs. This can be useful for keeping school, work, and personal work separated and easy to manage.
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When will Windows 11 Be Available?
Windows 11 is currently available for download to Windows Insiders, in order to help Microsoft finish up the development of their new OS. It is currently expected that Windows 11 will be made available for the general public sometime during the holiday season of 2021.
Why Should I Use Windows 11?
Windows 11 has a number of new features that tech-savvy individuals will enjoy, such as improved virtual desktops and native support for Android apps. But that doesn’t mean that you need to fit into this category to get a lot of value out of Windows 11. Microsoft’s new OS represents the cutting edge of OS development, and future updates are sure to improve the user experience for everybody, even those who don’t find it easy to keep up with changing technology.