Windows 11 unveiled: what you need to know before installing it

Windows 11 is official despite the fact that it will arrive in a few months: in the meantime here's everything you need to know before installing it

Windows 11 was officially unveiled by Microsoft during the presentation on June 24. The sensations outline the profile of a fluid tool, capable of assisting the best during the work sessions but also of leisure: the simple definition of "operating system", in short, fits tight to Windows 11, so there is no lack of premises for it to evolve the predecessor in the right direction.

Windows 11 will be a free operating system for owners of a license for Windows 10, which will appear in the form of a simple (but presumably bulky) firmware update. Among the main innovations announced by Microsoft is the new translucent Start menu that compared to the past becomes the protagonist with a more central position in the taskbar. The new menu also contains an area in which apps and documents used most frequently on Android and iOS devices are shown. The new Start menu is certainly the most obvious new feature of Windows 11, but it's by no means the only one: let's go over everything you need to know before installing it

Windows 11: new design and features

As mentioned above, the new Start menu is the first thing to catch your eye, but that's not all that's new. Windows 11 enhances the ability to work in multitasking through Snap Layout, Snap Groups and Desktop that help you organize your windows even on different screens and have an eye on what you need.

Importantly, the native introduction in the taskbar of Microsoft Teams Chat, with the ability to quickly send text messages, voice, photos or videos with your contacts regardless of the platform used, Windows, Android or iOS. Then come support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and Auto HDR, which will make gamers happy, a new custom feed based on artificial intelligence, a revamped Microsoft Store or support for Android.

Windows 11: what versions and system requirements

Microsoft has not spoken directly about the versions of Windows 11, but has during the presentation event referred to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, hinting that those suffixes could also be adopted by Windows 11 in the sign of continuity. Microsoft will also release a version similar to Windows 10 S called Windows 11 Home S Mode.

On the minimum system requirements to install Windows 11 Microsoft has unbuttoned just enough to make many tremble. The next operating system from Redmond will not be very lenient with the hardware, and will require resources of a certain level that will cut out a substantial part of potential users: it is required a PC with an Intel Core CPU of eighth generation or later or an AMD Ryzen 2000 or later.

All other chips are cut out, and it must have been a painful decision because, in doing so, Microsoft has left many of its Surface out in the cold. Windows 10 will be supported until 2025.

Windows 11: when it arrives

Windows 11 is being unveiled in the summer of 2021, but the rollout to PCs and users is scheduled for the fall, probably late November 2021.