Introducing Windows 11: What To Expect
Microsoft recently announced that it is ready to unveil a new Operating System – Windows 11. In an exclusive event dubbed “what’s next for Windows,” the company gave a teaser of what to expect in terms of new features, technologies, key business solutions, and future release dates. But don’t worry if you missed the occasion; we’ve rounded up everything for you in this comprehensive blog post.
Please keep scrolling to learn more about:
- The official Windows 11 release date
- New Windows 11 features to expect
- Critical business solutions found in Windows 11
The Official Windows 11 Release Date
Microsoft states that they spent the past 18 months building the next generation of Windows that fits our whole lives into the entire PC. And after almost two years of redesigning, recreation, and upgrading, the company finally introduced Windows 11 on June 24, 2021.
Although the new Operating System isn’t available to the end-users yet, Microsoft announced that it would be coming later this year and in 2022. That means that if you’re currently using Windows 10, the new OS will be available as a free update when it’s finally released officially. Also, PCs manufactured and distributed to the market later this year will come powered by Windows 11 already.
But in the meantime, if the release date seems a long way away and you just can’t wait to get a feel of the new OS, Microsoft provides guidelines on how you can get it early on this page.
New Windows 11 Features to Expect
From the new updates and redesigns, Microsoft has made sure that our devices aren’t just for getting work done, meetings, and classes, but where you can watch your favorite shows, play games with friends, and connect with each other. In other words, Microsoft has developed its new Operating System into a place where you can learn, work, create content, play, and connect digitally. And that’s evident in these new and improved features:
New Gaming Tech
If you’re a gaming enthusiast, you will, undoubtedly, love Windows 11’s new gaming technology. To ensure that you enjoy a vast selection of games, excellent graphics, and breathtaking speed, Windows 11 optimizes your system’s hardware with the latest technologies like:
- DirectX 12 Ultimate. With this update, you can be sure to enjoy the coolest graphics at high frame rates, causing an immersive gaming experience.
- Auto HDR. You’ll agree that a captivating visual experience is just as crucial as the game itself, wouldn’t you? Auto HDR fulfills this by enabling a more vivid and broader range of colors for impressive visuals.
- DirectStorage. You want to enjoy your favorite games at optimal speeds with no glitches or flaws, right? DirectStorage optimizes space, enabling faster load times and more detailed game setups.
And YES, Microsoft Windows 11 still supports countless PC gaming accessories, ensuring that anyone can enjoy their favorite games without bias. Gamers with Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate aren’t left behind either; you’ll get over 100 top-class games, with new additions tripping in at all times.
New User Interface, UI
You’re not ready for Windows 11’s redesigned user interface that brings a fresh look and feel in its Start Menu and Taskbar Icons. Microsoft has simplified the Start button and taskbar design in terms of icon, sound, and font to enhance user experience, productivity, and creativity.
In particular, the Start Menu is centrally positioned, making it effortless and quick to find what you need. But that’s not all; Start is also powered by the cloud and Microsoft 365 to ensure that you can view your recent files even if you change your platform or device – it doesn’t matter whether you switch to iOS or Android, you’ll still find your local documents.
New Microsoft Store with Android Apps
Windows 11 has also updated the previous Microsoft Store to include countless apps for learning, playing, working, creating, and watching your favorite content. And the best part is that Android apps are also featured in the store, bringing an all-inclusive experience.
Even better, the Store is not only a preserve for applications; Microsoft has also made it easier to search for and discover curated shows, movies, and games in a few clicks. As if that’s not enough, the company is also working on including first-and-third-party apps like Canvas, Teams, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and many more, to the Store. To wrap it up, all the apps that you’ll download from the store will have been tested for safety and security.
Another feature update that we’re sure will impress you is the new Operating System’s Microsoft Edge and AI-powered widgets. The new widgets will come along with a newsfeed personalized according to your browsing trends. That means you’ll be able to choose the topics you’d like to keep tabs with, support your favorite content creators, and rearrange the widgets as and when you wish.
Microsoft also announced that it has neatly stacked the widgets on each other, giving a smartphone-like experience. The idea is to limit the need for users to reach their phones or other devices by including everything that you may need in Windows 11.
Critical Business Solutions Found in Windows 11
Windows 11 has made it effortless and more efficient to work on a project, multitask, communicate, and collaborate with your teams while optimizing security. This is evident in the following business solutions:
Microsoft Teams is your all-in-one platform for your communication and collaboration needs. The solution comes feature-packed to support online video calling, screen sharing, audio conferencing, chats, document storage, real-time meetings, among others. That means your staff can collaborate on a project remotely, and you can keep in touch with your clients/prospects, you can access and share your company documents securely, etc. Microsoft Teams icon is integrated into Windows 11’s taskbar, and users can access the platform upon signing up.
Working remotely and multitasking has never been easier with the new Windows 11 features, namely Snap Layouts and Snap Groups. These features are designed to help you arrange your windows and optimize your screen for multitasking. You can also personalize the Desktops for different purposes. For instance, you can create a separate desktop for school, work, and gaming. How cool is that?
Cybersecurity is a significant concern for businesses- large or small alike – as threat actors are constantly working around the clock to target vulnerable companies to pursue valuable data. However, Microsoft has taken the initiative of protecting its users against these malicious criminals through its unbeatable anti-malware programs. Windows 11 is expected to feature the most advanced cybersecurity solutions, protecting users and devices against all known and unknown vulnerabilities. The new OS will also provide frequent and timely updates to give the hackers no chance of outsmarting Microsoft users.
And that’s all for everything you can expect from the impending Microsoft Windows 11 Operating System. In a recap, the new OS will introduce a never-seen-before gaming technology, an interactive and touch-friendly UI, an all-new Microsoft Store with Android Apps, and customizable widgets for an enhanced experience. From the business perspective, Windows 11 redefines how you collaborate and communicate through Teams, enhances remote working and multitasking through Snap solutions, and improves your overall cybersecurity posture.
But as Microsoft stated, that’s just the start of a new beginning. If you wish to keep tabs with new updates to follow, be sure to get in touch with our Microsoft Solutions experts.
Brian Gray, MCP, is the President at Kraft Technology Group, LLC (KTG), an affiliate of KraftCPAs PLLC. Within his role, Brian is responsible for all aspects of service delivery to our clients. Brian has a decade of experience working for managed service providers. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, accounting, legal, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.
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