All good things come to an end. But that means the beginning of something greater in life.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched Microsoft Windows in 1985, replacing their traditional and much trusted operating system, MS-DOS. Since then, it has been one blur of a journey over the past 36 years. While you read, we’ll take you through the features of the just-released OS, Windows 11 by Microsoft Corporation.
Technology has evolved a lot in the past 36 years. So has Windows. If we recall, the first version of Windows was released on 20th November 1985 with the name Windows 1.0. It marked their first shot at Graphical User Interface (GUI). Since then, Windows has launched more than fifteen updates and new versions of the operating system. Some of the latest ones are Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Windows 11 is the latest version of Windows, released on the 5th October 2021. This version is one of the most notable software upgrades after almost a decade.
Now, before we go ahead, let's answer the most asked question first.
Is windows 11 free?
Here’s the deal.
As a bonus to loyal customers, the upgrade is free for all licensed users of Windows 10 or its previous versions.
Just like the previous versions of Windows OS, Windows 11 too has a few pre-requisites. They’re minimal but would open you up to a whole new world of possibilities. Some of the major ones are,
- PROCESSOR: The processor of computer must be at least 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
- RAM: 4 GB
- STORAGE: 64 GB or more
- SYSTEM FIRMWARE: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), Secure Boot capable.
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module version 2.
- GRAPHICS CARD: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- DISPLAY: HD (720p), minimum 9inch diagonally, 8 bit per colour channel
To run the OS smoothly and efficiently, a stable internet connection is needed to update and install Windows 11.
As you know about the requirements for installation and using Windows 11 smoothly, let’s take you through some of the features of the Operating System.
Features of Windows 11
1. Upgraded Start Menu
The entire start menu has been revamped. Compared to the preceding versions of Windows OS, this menu does not look stuffy anymore. It is now aligned to the centre, making it more accessible for you.
2. Most Gaming friendly OS ever
If you are a game addict, this feature will excite you like no other!
This version of windows has introduced Auto-HDR (High Dynamic Range). Thanks to this, the gaming experience will now be enhanced to the quality of the Xbox Series. This will decrease the burden on the CPU and offer you a swift online gaming experience without any lag or a long loading time. Additionally, the feature of Direct Storage will allow the games to load faster.
Now, playing a game online on PC would be fun. Right?!?
3. Bye Skype, Welcome Microsoft Teams!
Even though Skype was one of the most exhilarating video call applications, Microsoft has now decided to move ahead and replace it with “Teams”.
If you’ve explored Teams, you’ll know that it’s not just for video calling, but also texting and VoIP. In this version of Windows, it is one of the primary communication applications. The best part is, it is pinned to the taskbar by default. As it comes pre-installed, staying connected with your near and dear ones got even easier!
4. Snap Layouts for multi task operating system:
This feature is a new addition to the Windows ecosystem. It helps us systematize our apps and tabs accordingly by grouping them. It is somewhat similar to the split-screen feature in Android. This additional feature will help us multi-task and increase productivity. Planning a sudden trip, searching hotels & restaurants would be fun, easier and hassle-free now. With this new feature of Windows, we can open multiple websites and compare and contrast all of them in a single window itself.
Post-search, we can simply minimize the whole snap-group from the taskbar, without searching and opening multiple windows.
Would this feature make your life easier? Put your thoughts in the comments box below.
5. Welcome back Widgets:
Did you miss the small floating widgets in Windows 10 as we had in windows Vista? Then we bet, you won’t be disappointed by the newly revamped widgets section. It appears in an exclusive pane and rolls in from the left side of the screen.
And finally, the most awaited feature addition,
6. Android Applications Compatibility:
We’re into the era of digital transformation & Microsoft Corporation has played its part.
Unlike the previous Windows versions, this version from Microsoft is compatible to support android apps just like windows applications.
Downloading an Android app on Windows 7, 8 or 10 was earlier challenging because of differences in interfaces. But now, by installing the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store, you can download compatible android apps on windows 11.
As we all know, Windows has been the most user-friendly operating system for three-and-a-half decades now.
In the covid-hit world of digitization, most people have started to use their smartphones and tabs as their fundamental computers. To meet the updated customer demands, the OS is specially designed to cater for the needs of the customer segment working from home, or attending online classes.
The fascinating part of it is that windows have supplemented the features that the previous versions lacked.
So why wait? Switch to Windows 11 today. You can also visit the official Windows 11 website and learn about all the other additional features windows has up its sleeve.
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