In life, you wear many hats. You may be a parent, a lawyer, and a business owner all in one. This means you have plenty of worries about each role that you have. You could be deciding on which water buffer tank to invest in for your home while thinking if you should have all the computers you use in the business be updated to Windows 11.
Yes, in case you are a Windows user and you haven’t heard, Microsoft has released Windows 11 last October 5. Let this guide take one of your worries away. This will help you decide if it’s worth it to update your operating system to Windows 11 or not.
Does Windows 11 support your computer?
Windows 10 was a free upgrade for those using Windows 7 and 8. This time the Windows 11 is also a free upgrade from Windows 10, but it doesn’t support all PCs. You must have recent hardware to be able to run Windows 11.
With regard to CPU, your computer should have at least the 8th generation Intel processor and up. For AMD, you must at least have an AMD Zen 2. Microsoft did not really give any explanation why it only supports certain CPUs, so everybody is free to make a guess.
You don’t need to worry if you don’t know your computer specs, although, it’s pretty easy to find out. On your Windows settings, you can see whether your computer can run Windows 11 or not. If you can’t see it, you can download the PC health check app. It will tell you if your computer is supported by Windows 11. If not, there will be a prompt telling you why.
What are the features of Windows 11?
1. Different visual elements
Many people noticed that the visual features of the new Windows are like Mac’s. The Start Menu and the taskbar are in the center of the screen. The icons have rounded corners and the colors are on the pastel side. It also has a sort of 3D effect, it looks like the icons and the shapes are floating.
Check your Windows 10 computer, the corners of icons and menus are sharp and the colors are vivid.
If you are one of those who watch YouTube tutorials on using skins to make your PC look like a Macbook, you no longer need to do that.
2. Android apps can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store
The Apple ecosystem is what makes iPhone users also purchase a Mac and other Apple products. It’s so easy for them to navigate between devices. That is happening soon with Windows and Android phones specifically Samsung. You can run your android apps from your Samsung Galaxy phone through Microsoft’s Your Phone app.
You can do this on your Windows 10 in different ways, but for Windows 11, it will be a built-in feature.
3. Virtual desktops
As an answer to the rise of the need to do multiple tasks on computers, Windows rolled out to the desktop experience. You can now toggle between your multiple work and personal spaces.
With the help of Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, you can group together the apps that you use for work and separate them from your personal tools. You can open and close the whole group all at once. You no longer need to minimize and exit on
You can design virtual desktops according to your needs. Make one for work, school, gaming, and personal use. You can also use voice typing and voice commands for your computer. For artists, Microsoft added pen haptics for a more immersive drawing and writing experience.
4. Personalized widgets
You can now choose the kinds of tools in your widget app. You can manipulate the sizes of the widgets as they appear on the screen depending on your preference.
5. Better gaming
To improve your gaming experience on your Windows PC, Microsoft added Auto HDR and DirectStorage features. If they are familiar, it’s because these features are also present in your Xbox consoles.
There is no rush in updating to Windows 11. Microsoft will support Windows 10 until 2025 so you have four years to get the update before Windows 10 essentially expires. You can still continue using your Windows 10 computer beyond 2025. It just means that you won’t get security patches from Microsoft. It means you can be exposed to malware that targets Windows devices.
So should you switch? The answer is really up to you. In four years’ time, you will have no choice but to upgradefor security reasons. For now, you don’t need to unless the features appeal to you personally.