Microsoft has officially announced, it is going to release the successor of its existing OS Windows 10. The new OS will be named Windows 11 and come with various unique features like 5G support, compatibility to download, install and run Android Apps on your Windows PC.
As per the Microsoft Windows 11 Lunch Event, this will have a Mac-like design and come with the overall look of the software. As soon as this OS will be launched, Microsoft also said it will end the support for Windows 10 in upcoming years.
Technology is upgrading everywhere, so be ready to upgrade your PC or Laptop and enjoy the new features of Windows 11. Hence, we brought here what we know so far about Windows 11, like release date, price, compatibility, how to download and other key features etc.
7 New Features of Windows 11
#1 Mac-like User-interface
Microsoft team has tried best to make the Windows 11 features a clean design with rounded corners, pastel shades and a centred Start menu and Taskbar.
#2 Compatible for Android Apps
Yes, it’s true, now you can enjoy your favourite Android apps on your PC. And this facility will be available from within the new Microsoft Store via the Amazon Appstore.
#3 Microsoft Teams Integration
Microsoft Teams is getting a face-lift and now in Windows 11 will be integrated directly into the Taskbar, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple’s FaceTime). You’ll be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.
#4 Xbox Tech for Better Gaming
Windows 11 will get certain features found in Xbox consoles, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to improve gaming on your Windows PC.
#5 Easy Widgets Access & Control
While they’ve been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), including in a recent Windows 10 update, you can now access widgets directly from the Taskbar and personalize them to see whatever you’d like.
#6 A New Microsoft Store
The Microsoft App Store will have a completely new design with a more interactive look and feel. Developers will be able to submit their apps without packaging them, and they can also host them on their own CDN, meaning that they won’t actually have to be distributed by Microsoft, just through the Microsoft storefront.
#7 Better Virtual Desktop Support
The upgraded version of Windows 11 will let you set up virtual desktops in a way that’s more similar to macOS, toggling between multiple desktops for personal, work, school or gaming use.
Apart from the above listed features Windows 11 will have an easier transition from monitor to the laptop and better multitasking.
The new OS includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts — collections of the apps you’re using at once that sit in the Taskbar and can come up or be minimized at the same time for easier task switching.
They also let you plug and unplug from a monitor more easily without losing where your open windows are located.
Windows 11 Release Date
As of now, Windows 11 is available only as an Insider Preview build download for those in the Windows Insider Program, and will be available as a public beta in July.
However, Microsoft said from holiday seasons in 2021, it will start rolling out for all the compatible PCs and new PCs and will continue rolling out into 2022. Amid, there are also rumours that Windows 11 could arrive as early as October.
How to Get Windows 11 & System Requirements
The PC and Laptops with outdated hardware architecture and software configurations will not support Windows 11. To know the Windows 11 system requirements you can visit at Microsoft Website to see the list of system requirements.
However, Microsoft has recommended the users download the PC Health Check app to check if their machines were compatible. Though, many users reported that it did not give adequate amounts of detail as to why a device was not compatible.
On June 28, a Microsoft blog post said the company was “temporarily removing the app” to address this issue, and that the tool would return before the fall Windows 11 release. (When it does return, we have step-by-step instructions for how to use the PC Health Check app, and what information it will give you.
Meanwhile, you also need to check some hardware compatibility with Windows 11 without that tool.) However, if you buy a new PC between now and the general release, that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade.
Will it be Free or what is Windows 11 Price?
If you’re already a Windows 10 user, don’t worry you don’t need to pay any price. For existing Windows 10 users Windows 11 will appear as a free upgrade for your machine.
How to Download Windows 11, once it is available?
Once Windows 11 will be available to download and install into your PC, you can easily do that just like the new version of Windows. Just go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. But make sure before downloading and installing check the system requirements and compatibility to avoid any error.