More News From Microsoft About Windows 11

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.

We will continue report as more details unfold!

Microsoft Confirms Windows 11 – Everything You Need To Know

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

Display Features

  • 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.

 

We’ll report as more details unfold!