written by Mark Veldhoff posted on Oct 4, 2021
Microsoft is set to release Windows 11 on October 5 officially and plans to avoid widespread problems by introducing it to the general market gradually. Currently, the OS is only available to Windows Insider preview. As a business, you might be wondering whether to migrate to the new Windows now, wait or never do it. Here is all you need to know about Windows 11.
What are the Key New Features?
Windows 11 promises to revolutionize the way businesses operate. The new OS brings together three key technologies: AI, Mixed Reality, and Cortana Intelligence Suite with Edge browser compatibility.
A New Interface
Windows 11 comes with a cleaner Mac life interface with a centered start menu, rounded corners, and pastel shades. You’ll also be able to access and personalize widgets from the taskbar.
Integrated Android Apps
Android apps will be supported on all Windows devices- smartphones, tablets, and PCs running the new OS. They will be installable from the Microsoft Store, but this will occur after October’s launch.
Windows 11 Promises to Bring Balance to Your Screen Time
Windows 11 has easy-to-use tools that boost productivity, optimize screen time, and create an environment to support your business. The wide-ranging tools give users a chance to customize their work environment, whether they need silence, to collaborate, work faster or focus. The “do not disturb” option is perfect for those who get distracted quickly or when you don’t want any form of notifications ruining focus.
The Action Center is better than before, with the new panel offering you options like opening Action Center, tweaking system settings, closing running apps, among others.
Better Connections with Windows 11
Microsoft Teams enable you to chat with anyone from anywhere at no cost. You can also call, text, video chat, and share files at no extra cost. It is an excellent opportunity for growing businesses that want to save on communication costs and be more productive than before.
You can now access Teams from Android, Windows, IOS, and Mac. Its integration into the taskbar makes it easier to work on files and communicate with different teams simultaneously.
It’s Now More Accessible to Search
There will be a new search bar that enables you to find anything as it searches across all your devices as well as documents stored online. You can also use Cortana for voice-enabled web queries and commands. However, Windows 11 Cortana is not active by default.
The Ability to Multitask and Focus More on Tasks
The Microsoft Teams tools, Cortana, and the upgraded taskbar are perfect for increasing productivity. You can focus on tasks regardless of which device you are using at the moment. This is crucial, especially for businesses with employees working remotely.
Time Spent on Personal Devices Should Not Affect Your Business Data Security
Windows 11 has security measures that protect your business data from attacks. With built-in virus protection, firewall, and encryption, among other tools, your business data is strongly guarded against malware and hackers.
Windows 11 Provides Support for All Your Devices
Other than conventional laptops and desktops, Windows 11 works well on IoT (Internet of Things), Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset, and Surface Hub, among others. You can also use Windows 11 on game consoles, digital signs, and robots. The OS will have features found in Xbox Console to improve gaming.
The Reduced Learning Curve for Users
Those migrating from the old Windows version to new Windows will not have a tough time adapting to the changes since the interface is user-friendly and easy to learn. Users can also use touch screens without any problem or search for keyboard shortcuts. You only need to move your cursor to the Task View icon and click or tap on it for effortless multitasking.
Is Your PC Windows 11 Compatible?
Microsoft offers a free PC check-up to be sure yours is compatible with windows 11. However, most PCs running on Windows 10 are compatible and eligible for a free upgrade. If you feel that the new version doesn’t work for you, then don’t worry because you can revert to the older version within ten days after installation.
How Do You Download the Windows 11 Upgrade?
You can download it from the Microsoft website if your PC or device is compatible. If you need help, don’t worry because Microsoft has a chat assistant who will assist with any problem. You can do this when the OS becomes widely available. At the moment, it’s only available as an early preview to Windows Insiders. The requirements for a successful download include:
- A 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
- 64 GB or more extensive storage
- UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM version 2.0
- Graphics card that is DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver compatible
- High definition display
If you’re not sure if your PC meets these requirements, Envizion IT can carry out a diagnosis for you. However, if it’s not, you may have to invest in a newer PC. If already using Windows 10, no need to worry because you can quickly upgrade effortlessly.
Ability to Set Up Enhanced Virtual Desktops
Would you like to create different desktops for your various tasks? Probably a school, office, personal, gaming, work, and many others. Windows 11 allows you to set up as many as you want, depending on your preferences. You can switch from one desktop to another with a swipe or click the Task View button if you use a mouse, pen, or touchscreen. You also get a chance to customize each virtual desktop with different wallpaper.
The Benefits of Windows 11
According to Microsoft, those who migrate to Windows 11 will enjoy benefits such as:
- Increased collaboration
- Better security features
- Enhanced productivity
- Easy multitasking and navigation
- Synchronized devices across various platforms
- Easier transition from desktop to a laptop
- Easier access to files, both local and online
Windows11 is the ideal operating system for businesses that want to unleash their full potential. The new features are tested to provide businesses with maximum security, productivity, flexibility, mobility, and other available benefits in previous windows versions.
At Envision IT, we understand why your business should upgrade from an older operating system to the all-new Windows 11. So, whether you seek to understand the operating system’s features better, solve some compatibility issues, or get additional support, we are your go-to IT services and support provider.
Don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at +1 616 741 1144 for any technical assistance.
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