Windows 11 Review, Features, Specifications and Release Date – As we know, the world of technology is currently developing rapidly, as well as operating systems both Windows, Android and Mac simultaneously trying to update various features into their operating systems. Since a few days ago, the Windows 11 download link has spread, finally a lot of Windows users are curious, what are the features that are updated in Windows 11.
But what are the main differences between windows 10 and windows 11, and are they enough to justify the upgrade? We’ve put together a list of the most significant differences, so you know which upgrades you should look forward to when transitioning to Windows 11. So without further ado, they are:
New Taskbar Design
The most obvious change for Windows 11 is the new taskbar, which looks a lot like the macOS layout. It looks much cleaner than its Windows 10 counterpart, which takes up half the length of the desktop with a long search bar added in the middle.
Click the Start Menu in Windows 10, and you will see a list of all the programs installed on your PC. You also get a Weather view, by viewing the weather, your photo albums, and various Microsoft applications.
Windows 11’s Start menu instead shows pinned apps, with a search bar that lets you find rarely used programs. There’s also a recommended section that shows your recent activity so you can jump right back to your last used word document, spreadsheet, or Photoshop project. This results in a more personalized experience, even allowing you to align the taskbar to the left of the screen if you prefer a longer layout.
Improved multitasking with Snap Desktop
Windows 10 already allows you to view multiple windows at the same time, but it’s a drag-and-drop affair, which can look pretty messy and have a lot of room for error.
Windows 11 introduced Snap Layouts, which made it easier to open multiple windows at once. Just choose from one of the different templates, and the windows and apps you choose will automatically snap into place and resize. Microsoft showed off this feature, with Powerpoint, Edge, and Teams all showing at the same time, and it looks really slick.
Team Chat Integration
The messaging app Microsoft Teams launched back in 2017, two years after the release of Windows 10. As such, it’s become an optional app as an alternative to the likes of Slack.
For Windows 11, Teams will play a much bigger role. The Chat function will be built into the main taskbar, making it very easy and fast to send messages to colleagues or friends. You can also initiate video calls through the service, even allowing you to call those on the Android and iOS platforms. And if your friends don’t have Teams installed, you can still communicate via two-way SMS.
Android Apps on Microsoft Store
Microsoft is rebuilding the Microsoft Store from the ground up for Windows 11, introducing a cleaner and more organized layout. The biggest change here, though, is that the Microsoft Store will support Android apps via the Amazon Appstore.
This means you’ll get access to a much larger library of apps this time around, although Android apps will be displayed in a vertical view like a phone that isn’t optimized for computer monitors. The usefulness of such an application remains to be seen, but it means you can record and post videos for Tik Tok right from your Windows device.
Microsoft will also introduce more native apps to the Microsoft Store for Windows 11, including Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and Canva.
Improvements in Gaming Features
Undoubtedly, Windows 11 will be a better operating system than Windows 10 when it comes to gaming.
The former will borrow some Xbox Series X features to improve the visual quality of games, such as Auto HDR which automatically adds HDR enhancement to games built on DirectX 11 or higher. Microsoft shows Skyrim as an example, and the enhanced colors are immediately obvious.
The new DirectStorage will also allow those with high-performance NVMe SSDs to see faster load times, as games will be able to load assets onto the graphics card without ‘hitching’ the CPU.
DirectX 12 Ultimate will also be supported, ensuring you can get the best gaming performance when paired with high-end components. In short, you will want to install Windows 11 if you are a PC gamer.
Recommended Specifications For Updating to Windows 11
For specifications to be able to install Windows 11, you can see in the image below.
|Windows 11||Windows 10|
|Processor||1GHz or faster with 2+ cores on a 64-bit processor/SoC||1GHz or faster processor/SoC|
|RAM:||4GB||1GB for 32-bit / 2GB for 64-bit|
|Storage||64GB or more||16GB for 32-bit / 20GB for 64-bit|
|System firmware:||UEFI, Secure Boot capable||N/A|
|TPM:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0||N/A|
|Graphics card:||DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
|Display:||720p display that is greater than 9-inch diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel||800 x 600 display|
|Internet access required?||Yes|