Windows 11 is now finally available for public testing

Windows 11 is now finally available for public testing. Microsoft’s new Windows operating system has been available for over six years, after the release of Windows 10 in July 2015. The update, dubbed the “next generation” of Windows, features a significant overhaul over its predecessor, including a completely new boot screen and startup sound, as well as a more centrally located Start menu and updated widgets. The obnoxious “Hi Cortana” welcome screen and Live Tiles are also gone in Windows 11. With its next operating system, the Redmond, Washington-based corporation is essentially seeking to compete with the likes of macOS and Chrome OS.

 

Minimum hardware requirement

Microsoft claims to have collaborated with all of the main semiconductor vendors, including AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. However, when it comes to minimum hardware requirements, Windows 11 will be more demanding than Windows 10, requiring at least a 64-bit x86 or ARM processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. In comparison, Windows 10 requires at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

 

Let’s now look into detail what new features or changes Windows  has to offer and how soon users can access it:

 

⊗ User interface

The new interface is one of the most noticeable changes that Windows 11 provides to current Windows 10 users, as we witnessed in a newly leaked ISO. It starts with a new startup screen and proceeds to give all major Windows parts a new look and feel. Menus and windows have rounded corners, which are comparable to the current iPadOS version. The Start menu, which is geared at giving a modern experience, is similarly located in the centre.

 

⊗ Multi-display

Microsoft is also making it easier for users to operate on virtual desktops by increasing support for multiple monitors. The latter is comparable to how you can add several desktops in Apple’s macOS, but you can also utilise custom wallpapers for each of your virtual desktops in Windows 11 for even more convenience.

 

Windows 11 also enhances the experience for multi-monitor users. This has become the new normal for many users in recent years, thanks to the widespread working/studying from home culture. Microsoft has also incorporated its Teams collaboration platform into Windows 11 and included a universal mute and unmute feature to make virtual calls easier. Similarly, users can utilise the Desktop Share functionality to share their windows with those who are participating in a virtual meeting. However, you might miss Skype.

 

⊗ Keyboard and typing

Windows 11 also offers a new touch keyboard that integrates Tenor’s GIF integration. Virtual keyboards are also preinstalled and may be positioned anywhere on the screen. Voice dictation support is also available across the system. To make typing easier, there are also options like voice typing and voice commands.

 

⊗ Virtual desktop

Microsoft is also making it easier for users to operate on virtual desktops by increasing support for multiple monitors. The latter appears to be analogous to Apple’s macOS’s ability to add numerous desktops. For even easier access, you may utilise personalised wallpapers for each of your virtual desktops with Windows 11.

 

Windows 11 also offers a new touch keyboard that integrates Tenor’s GIF integration. Virtual keyboards are also preinstalled and may be positioned anywhere on the screen. Voice dictation support is also available across the system. To make typing easier, there are also options like voice typing and voice commands.

 

⊗ Browsing and internet

The performance of Chromium-based browsers has also been improved by Microsoft. Additionally, Microsoft Edge has received particular improvements, such as increased support for many tabs and machines with restricted resources. Vertical tab functionality is also available in the Edge browser on Windows 11.

 

⊗ Gaming

Along with productivity enhancements, Windows 11 includes a number of key upgrades for PC gamers. Support for Auto HDR and DirectX 12 Ultimate are among them. To enable cloud gaming, Windows 11 features an xCloud integration. Additionally, Xbox Game Pass is available to gamers who are playing a selection of popular titles on their consoles.

 

⊗ Entertainment

In addition to provide better reach and introduce new economics for developers, Microsoft Store has a revamped Entertainment tab to serve you with the latest media content — starting from movies and TV shows — across all major streaming services. You can also wirelessly cast the content you have on your Windows 11 device to your smart TV.

 

⊗ Utility and apps

The Amazon Appstore has also been incorporated into the Microsoft Store, allowing Windows 11 users to download Android apps directly to their computers. Furthermore, regardless of whether their apps are Win32,.NET, UWP, Xamarin, Electron, React Native, Java, or Progressive Web Apps, Windows developers now have the option of having them available on the Microsoft Store. Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney+, Zoom, and some of Microsoft’s native programs, including Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, and even Notepad and Paint, will all be available on Windows through the Microsoft Store.

 

⊗ Updates and cross-platform support

Various behind-the-scenes enhancements have also been implemented in Windows 11 to provide a faster overall experience. Microsoft claims that the new operating system would receive 40 percent smaller Windows updates, which will run in the background to give customers a more seamless experience. The new version is also said to provide mobile devices longer battery life.

 

Windows 11 availability

Starting next week, Windows 11 will be available to Windows Insider members for testing purposes. Later this year, it will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, and it will be pre-installed on new PCs. Microsoft has also released the PC Health Check app, which allows users to see if their Windows 10 PC can be upgraded. The business was rumoured to be working on bringing the new operating system to Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Users with a Windows 7 PC that satisfies the minimal requirements, however, can upgrade to Windows 11 after obtaining a Windows 10 subscription, according to Microsoft.

 

Customers will be able to buy Windows 11 in stores and install it on compatible Windows 7 devices starting in 2022. Microsoft has made no modifications to its Windows SKU offers, which means that users will be able to choose between Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro. This is comparable to how customers were able to purchase Windows 10 on a business basis.

 

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