We will take a quick look at some of the things you need to know about Windows 11, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to upgrade from Windows 10. Let’s get started!
Windows 11 launches today, leaving windows users wondering if it will be worth the investment and whether it will provide them with new features that they can enjoy.
Windows 11 has a variety of new features that will be helpful for beginners and experienced users alike. These include the new Windows Store, which is designed to make it easier to find what you’re looking for with its improved browsing options. Apps downloaded from the store are added automatically to your start menu (like you would see on a tablet).
The new version offers faster boot times, faster shutdowns and most importantly, an improved Start Menu! By default, the Start menu is centred on the screen, along with icons in the taskbar, and when clicked on, the Start button opens a menu of frequently used apps.
In some ways, it mimics the appearance of a smartphone app menu or launcher. Microsoft has also dropped the “tiles”, which were present on Windows 10’s start menu.
Widgets are also making a comeback! Apple bolstered widgets in iOS 14 and iPadOS 15, and Microsoft dabbled in bringing back desktop widgets with the News and Interests panel that recently arrived in Windows 10.
But Windows 11 widgets take that idea a step further. Microsoft’s blog on Windows 11 notes that the new widgets will deliver a personalised feed powered by AI and use Edge for rendering. Widgets can be expanded to fill the whole screen, and third-party content providers can utilise this new palette.
Windows 11 is an upgrade from Windows 10. It has the same features as Windows 10 but with some added improvements. The upgrade will be free for users who currently use Windows 10, but it will cost roughly £119 if you decide to get a copy of the Professional version. If you are still using Windows 7 or 8, you may also need to pay to upgrade.
There are several reasons why you may want to upgrade to Windows 11, including:
Before we detail the cons, we must point out that all operating systems have them. No current OS is perfect and may disappoint its users at some point since it’s impossible for an OS not to cause problems.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 support will end in 2025 so it’s recommended that if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you should do so before upgrading to Windows 11.