Microsoft Launches Windows 11
Microsoft introduces the 11th version of its iconic operating system Windows, after six years of the launch of Windows 10. Even though Windows 11 comes with limited changes to visual design and UI, but the company’s intention to reposition the OS at the center of computing universe against the rival platforms like the Android mobile software developed by Google.
‘From a rejuvenated Start menu to new ways to connect to your favourite people, news, games, and content—Windows 11 is the place to think, express, and create in a natural way,’ according to the company. While possessing all the power and security of Windows 10, Windows 11 comes with a redesigned and refreshed look, and a set of new tools, sounds and apps.
"Today marks the beginning of a new generation of Windows. With Windows 11, we’re reimagining everything from the operating system to the store, to unlock new opportunity for people and the world. Windows has always stood for sovereignty for creators and agency for consumers, and with Windows 11 we have a renewed sense of Windows’ role in the world," Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, mentioned in Twitter.
What are the basic system requirements?
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.
System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel
Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.
Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.
When will you be able to upgrade to Windows 11 on your Windows 10 device?
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications, it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. However, the company is still only finalizing the upgrade rollout plan. Although, for most devices already in use today, expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. The company has also made it clear that not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time.
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications, it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11
In order to see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, you can also download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.