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Microsoft Windows 11: All Things You Need to Know

A long period of waiting, and with following leaks and rumours, the Tech-Giant Microsoft has finally introduced their, "Next generation of Windows - Windows 11", the company's next big operating system. Over the next few weeks and months, Windows Insiders will get to try out all the new features and we’ll all learn more about what’s in store. Here’s everything you need to know about windows 11 right now.

 

Minimum System Requirements

 

Processor - 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

Memory -     4 GB RAM

Storage  -    64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware -   UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM -   Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card -   DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x

Display -   >9” with HD Resolution (720p)

Internet connection -   Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

 

Design and Interface

 

The new Windows 11 comes with an all new design which includes a new start menu and updated start button both are centred on the taskbar. There’s an option to move them all back to the left-hand side.Everything on Windows 11 has got rounded corners similar to what you see on Android and iOS. It boasts dark and light modes for the convenience of users. In Windows 11, the news feed has been broken out into a separate dialog, similar to (but not a part of) the actual Start menu.

 

Android App Integration and New Microsoft Store

 

The software firm introduced a new Microsoft Store as a single destination for apps, games, as well as media content like movies and TV on Windows 11. The store will feature own and third-party apps like Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom and Canva. Windows 11 can now run Android apps. Starting later this year, people will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore. Panos Panay said during the keynote that Microsoft is using "Intel bridge technology" to bring this integration, making it "seamless and smooth." Amazon in a blog post said, “The initial Amazon Appstore selection will be available to Windows customers later this year. We will have more to share in the future about how you can make your app available to Windows customers.”

 

Better Virtual Desktop Support

 

Microsoft is redesigning the virtual desktops screen with some much-needed multitasking improvements. Now, you can easily toggle between different virtual desktops that you can design for gaming, work or personal interests to keep you organized and working efficiently. In addition to the new design, Microsoft is introducing three new features - the ability to change the position of each virtual desktop, customize the backgrounds for all your virtual desktops, and support for multi-monitor setup.

 

Enhanced Touchscreen, Voices, and Gestures

 

The revamped Windows 11 touch keyboard, typically used for 2-in-1 laptops such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, now has more familiar gestures that many people already use with their phones. This includes swiping and dragging your finger to type a word — without needing to lift a finger. There's a new voice-typing feature that's accessible via the new touch keyboard. As you speak, the new Windows 11 software will type what you're saying, allowing you to send messages to others hands free. In addition to the touch keyboard, using gestures on touch displays are purportedly a lot smoother with Windows 11.

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