Microsoft has FINALLY released their newest version of Windows … Windows 11! Also knows as “the Windows that brings you closer to the things you love” as Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer said.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said “Today marks a major milestone in the history of Windows, It’s the beginning of a new generation.”
We’re here to give you the break down on what to expect.
Windows 11 Coming This Fall
Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will begin shipping to customers this fall, and Windows Insiders can begin testing a preview of it this week. Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, as long as your current PC is compatible with Windows 11’s new system requirements.
These requirements include:
- A modern 64-bit processor
- 1Ghz clock speed
- 2 cores
- 64GB drive
- 4GB RAM
- UEFI, Secure Book capable & TPM 2.0
- 9-inch display with 1366×768 resolution
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Rounded corners
- New desktop wallpaper
- Centered start menu featuring applications and “recommended” files such as Word and Excel documents, along with a search box. The new Start menu drops the Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8 and opts for more of the typical launcher you’d find in Chrome OS or Android
- The Windows icon has also been spruced up to be a simple square with four equal-sized panes
- Windows Widgets: containing news, weather and other information. The Widgets feature uses artificial intelligence to offer personalized content and it can be shown on the entirety of the screen with a swipe from left to right
- More performance in browsing the internet in Microsoft’s Edge browser, which will enable longer battery life
- Updates will be 40% smaller
- Snap Layouts – allows you to quickly snap apps into the various modes that Windows 11 supports
- Revamped app store – Panay described as
Microsoft Teams Update
Microsoft Teams, the company’s videoconferencing and chat software, is getting a big update to make it more like a systemwide messaging app. Microsoft revealed an interface that puts chats in standalone windows. Your frequent contacts will now appear as a pop-up on the start bar. Teams is also getting more videoconferencing features and it appears easier to jump right into a video call. Similarly to using Facetime or iMessage on a Mac.
Supporting Android Apps From Amazon’s App Store
Android apps will now be supported using the Amazon App Store! Popular apps that people already use on their phones will be available right on the desktop, in the Start menu and more. It is similar to Apple products that support iPhone and iPad apps. However, the Amazon App Store doesn’t offer Google’s popular Android apps like Gmail, Maps and other Google services. You will need to sign in to your Amazon account to download those apps.