Last month Microsoft revealed Windows 11, in what was described as “a major milestone in the history of Windows” by CEO Satya Nadella. Windows was described as being the last version of windows when it was launched in 2015, so what has changed?
There are many early reports, so we have gathered the information in this article, but as a warning any and all these details may changed by the final release of Windows 11.
Windows 11 will allow Android apps to run within Windows. These apps however, will not be through the Google Play Store, but through the Amazon Appstore with downloads available through the Microsoft Store. These apps will function just like native Windows apps and can be pinned the the taskbar, snapped and resized. Microsoft will be using Intel's Bridge technology to make this integration possible.
Microsoft is also planning further integration with its own apps like Microsoft Teams and Xbox Game Pass. The Teams integration will allow for chat flyouts from the taskbar and contacts can be synced from Skype or Outlook. You will also be able to share content directly from the taskbar.
Another major change to Winodws 11 is the taskbar and "Start Menu". The "Start" button is now located in the middle of the screen instead of the left hand corner.
Security is another area Microsoft has been working on for Winodws 11. You may have seen all the reports abouut the requirements for a computer to run Wndows 11. The current minimum requirements are:
Processor: 1GHz, 2-core. Supported processors are listed here for AMD, Intel and Qualcomm
System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM (Trusted Platform Module): Version 2.0
Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Internet: Windows 11 requires an internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete the initial setup.
You can see the latest requirements by clicking on this link
Should you upgrade? There is no need to rush that decision as Windows 10 will be supported until at least 2025, so if you current computer is not capable or running Winodws 11, do not worry.