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Windows 11 Launch Date Announced: What’s Your Upgrade Plan?

Microsoft just announced that Windows 11 will be available by November 2021.

July 6, 2021

Like many technology companies of its kind, Microsoft is hungry to keep up with its competitors. Apple and Samsung consistently come out with the next best thing, resulting in Windows 10 lagging in recent years.

However, Microsoft just announced that Windows 11 will be available by November/December of 2021. Although the details are not entirely confirmed, the upgrade promises several exciting changes. 

For one thing, while the company is still very much its own, it has made it clear that it aims to soften its intensity toward other companies making similar products. For example, many of the technological advancements included with Windows 11 will not only reflect but expand upon Apple and Samsung's best technology, such as video calling and design.

However, with the number of changes expected to occur with Microsoft's newest update, several obstacles may also come with it. With complicated hardware requirements and intense security advancements, the changes required for computer software could be difficult for your current computer to maintain. 

Although this is exciting news and the opportunities that come with Windows 11 are numerous, there are several items that you should be aware of before its eventual installation. Here is everything you need to know about Windows 11 and what you should expect when planning for a computer software upgrade.

What is Windows 11? 

The overall appeal of Windows 11 has to do with its refined design, improved technological features, and removal of unnecessary Windows 10 elements. It aims to provide a space for creative minds and hard-working individuals who need a computer system that can keep up with an increasingly evolving world. 

One of its most unique and recent features comes from COVID-19. Due to increased demand for video calls and virtual solutions following the global pandemic, Windows 11 decided to improve its video-related features for easier access to virtual connections. 

Release Details

Although the company's goal is to release Windows 11 in October of this year, the latest that customers can download the software will likely be in November or December of the same year. There are still last-minute additions that the company plans to make before its release, along with allowing ample time for customers to prepare for download. Its installation will be entirely free once it arrives, and it will completely replace Windows 10. 

Upgrades

Windows 11 will include a completely new look that features light and dark mode, plus several user-friendly personalizations reflecting the design of Microsoft's competitors. Its new, simplistic design aims to make the user experience as seamless as possible, modernizing the Windows look and improving game technology. 

Features

Windows 11 will also provide many new features along with their updated design. One of its most unique changes will accommodate the growing need for virtual connection, particularly following the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Some of its most anticipated features will consist of the following:

  • Increased security
  • Improved touch screen capabilities
  • A new organization tool dubbed "Snap Layouts" will allow you to separate your tabs in multiple windows, not just side by side. 
  • "Snap Groups," which will allow you to return to previously removed windows from your dock and immediately bring them back.
  • Multi-Monitor support 
  • Estimated installation times will let you know if you need to delay a possible software update. 

Planning Ahead

Windows 11 will completely replace Windows 10, and thus how we have interacted with Microsoft products for the past few years. With that in mind, it is critical to prepare for its inevitable installation, particularly if you plan to image your organizations' entire inventory. 

System Requirements

Although the download itself will be completely free, it may not be a bad idea to review your system's capabilities to find out if it will be able to withstand the new update. If you are concerned about needing to upgrade your PC before Windows 11 is available, here is what you need to have before you download it: 

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)

Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device

System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display: High Definition (720p), display that is greater than 9 inches diagonally, 8-bit per color channel

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