What is Windows 11?

Windows 11 is the next generation of the Windows operating system. Windows 10 was released in July 2015, 6 years ago, so it is time for a fresh new windows version.

You will notice, there’s a new user experience, with refreshed colors and icons, major changes to the Start menu and taskbar, an extensive reworking of the Settings app, a Widgets pane designed to deliver bite-size chunks of news and reminders, and a greatly improved way to snap windows into position.

Hardware-assisted security, which has been an optional part of Windows 10, is now mandatory, which means Secure Boot and device encryption are available by default to protect against increasingly sophisticated online attacks.

If you’ve been unimpressed with the paltry selection of apps in the Microsoft Store, you’re not alone. Windows 11 offers a major update to the Store, including the option for third-party developers to make their conventional Win32 desktop apps available for secure downloads through the Store.

When will Windows 11 be released?

On October 5, 2021 Windows 11 will be released to the public and rolled out as a feature update to compatable Windows 10 devices. It is expected the updates will continue into the first half of 2022.

Will the upgrade me free?

The upgrade will be free if your computer is running a properly licensed version of Windows 10. Your device must be running Windows 10 version 2004 or later.

Will my applications still run?

Most apps and devices that work with Windows 10 should work as expected under Windows 11. The new operating system is sufficiently similar to its predecessor that the differences shouldn’t pose a problem for most apps.

Will my computer run Windows 11?

If you purchased your computer in the last 3 years it should run Windows 11. The minimum system requirements are:

  • Processor / CPU: 1 GHz with 2 or more cores, 64-bit processor
  • Memory / RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage / Disk Space: 64 GB of available storage
  • Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later
  • Display: HD (720p) display, 9″ or greater, 8 bits of colur
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Version 2.0

What are the different versions?

The two main windows versions will remain as Home & Professional. Below is a summary of the feature differences between the two versions.

FeatureWin 11 HomeWin 11 Pro
Bitlocker device encryptionYes
Device encryptopnYesYes
Find my deviceYesYes
Firewall and network protectionYesYes
Internet protectionYesYes
Parental controls and protectionYesYes
Secure bootYesYes
Windows HelloYesYes
Windows Information Protection (WIP)Yes
Windows SecurityYesYes
Assigned AccessYes
Dynamic ProvisioningYes
Enterprise State Roaming with AzureYes
Group PolicyYes
Kiosk mode setupYes
Microsoft Store for BusinessYes
Mobile device managementYes
Support for Active DirectoryYes
Support for Axure Active DirectoryYes
Windows Update for BusinessYes

What new feaures are in Windows 11?

Less noise, clutter, and chaos. Microsoft has reimagined the way a PC should work for you and with you. Check out some of our new features and where we’ve made some improvements.

FeatureWindows 10Windows 11
Auto HDRYes
Microsoft TeamsYesYes
Chat from Microsoft TeamsYes
Desktop GroupsYes
Microsoft StoreYesYes
Photos appYesYes
Seamless RedockingYes
Snap AssistYesYes