Microsoft has released more updates and info about Windows 11. Here is what to expect!
Start Menu Moved
The start menu is no longer at the bottom left of your PC desktop. Don’t worry, you can move it back! The redesign of the iconic Windows menu is now in the center of the screen rather than the corner. It allows you to quickly see pinned apps, as well as a few recommended apps based on what you’ve used before.
Windows 11 also is coming with productivity shortcuts. If you have multiple apps and windows going at once, you can hover over any window to reveal different options for organizing your screen. Maybe it’s two windows side by side, or one big window with a few smaller ones floating next to it. Click on the configuration you want, and your windows will “snap” into that shape.
Microsoft Won’t Confirm Which CPUs Work With Windows 11 … Yet
Microsoft is making another attempt at clarifying the minimum requirements for Windows 11, as stated in their blog post. The post is clear that Intel 6th Gen Skylake and earlier CPUs, along with non-Zen AMD processors, will not meet “principles around security and reliability and minimum system requirements for Windows 11.” That lines up with the company’s original statement that Windows 11 would require Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen 2 CPUs and up, but there is some hope for Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake and Zen 1 users.
Where it gets a little confusing is the first Inside build of Windows 11 won’t require TPM 2.0 or specific CPUs. Microsoft will be paying attention to users with Intel 7th Gen CPUs and AMD Zen 1 CPUs to see if they’re getting the performance that Microsoft is looking for, especially when it comes to reliability and security.
Download Windows 11 As A Free Upgrade Later This Year
Windows 11 should be available around the 2021 holiday season. It will be a free update to owners of Windows 10 PCs. There are some hardware requirements, such as a newer processor, four gigabytes of RAM and at least 64 gigabytes of storage. Microsoft has a PC-checker tool you can use.
Support on Windows 10 Software
If you don’t decide to upgrade, Microsoft confirmed that it will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. If you choose not to upgrade, you may lose opportunity on security settings that will continue to keep your PC and data safe. We highly suggest taking the opportunity to upgrade immediately when it is available.