First revealed at the end of June 2021, Windows 11 is the latest version of the Windows operating system. Windows 10 has dominated since it first launched in 2015, but Microsoft’s latest Windows offering, Windows 11 became available (with new laptops and PCs*) this week, from October the 5th 2021.
With technology playing such a pivotal role in the workplace, Windows 11 has been designed to empower your workforce and meet your business goals through creativity and productivity in technology. Better still, users who are currently operating on eligible Windows 10 can upgrade for free to Windows 11 (subject to compatibility).
When will I be able to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?
Whilst the release date was 5th October 21, the general consensus is that this refers only to the date that new laptops and PCs with Windows 11 pre-installed will be available to buy. Windows 10 users wanting to update to Windows 11 will likely have to wait until 2022, allowing time for software and application vendors to make their tools compatible and provide support for the new upgrade.
What Microsoft Says:
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade roll-out is currently under way and will continue into 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time. To see if your PC is eligible to upgrade, download and run the PC Health Check app. Once the upgrade rollout has started, you can check if it is ready for your device by going to Settings/Windows Updates.
Want to be an early bird? We don’t blame you – new technology is exciting! MFG (Part of the Air IT Group) will be providing a Readiness Assessment service later in the year so you can find out what you need to do to prepare for the update. More information on this below under ‘I want to update to Windows 11’.
What’s new to Window 11?
- Firstly, the most distinctive feature is the change in look and feel to the interface, redesigned to give the end user a fluid and flexible experience through a clean design, with rounded corners and pastel shades, mimicking a (dare we say) “Mac feel”.
- The iconic start menu and task bar will now feature in the centre of the desktop rather than the traditional positioning of the left-hand corner.
- Virtual desktops will also become available allowing you to alter between multiple desktops which can be customised allowing you to make easy separations between work, home life and gaming.
- Snap Layouts and Snap Groups are also coming to Windows 11 providing an even more powerful way to multitask allowing you to stay ahead of your to-dos.
- With bringing people closer closely behind the new design, Teams will now be integrated into your taskbar. Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of your contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android or iOS.
- Personalise your feed with the capabilities of AI bringing you closer to the news and information you want.
Requirements to upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 11 is built on the same foundation as Windows 10, so the investments businesses have made in hardware, particularly throughout the pandemic will be compatible moving forward in most CASES.
The Microsoft published system requirements for Windows 11 are as follows:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC)
- RAM: at least 4 GB
- Storage: at least 64 GB of available storage
- Security: TPM version 2.0, UEFI firmware, Secure Boot capable
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per colour channel
I want to update to Windows 11
If you are wanting to upgrade your company to Windows 11, the latest Windows Operating System then please contact your account manager at MFG (Part of the Air IT Group). Your account manager will propose a project with you (as we will need to ensure your applications, software and devices are compatible with the upgrade) and highlight any further investments that may need to be made to make the upgrade possible.
Whilst it’s not an urgency right now, it’s important to factor in that Windows 10 will go end of life in four years in October 2025, and when this occurs your computer will no longer be supported by Microsoft. We recommend that you plan an upgrade within this timescale to ensure your devices are running on the most secure platform and to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.