Windows 11: Features, Beta Download, Compatibility, Price and More Explained

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Windows 11 brings a new look and functionality to Microsoft’s operating system.

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It is official: Windows 11 is on the way. At a virtual event on June 24th, Microsoft unveils “the next generation of Windows”, with some big changes to the longstanding operating system, including its first name change in six years. The announcement comes shortly after Microsoft released the latest version of Windows 10, the Windows May 10, 2021 update (also known as version 21H1).


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Windows 11 includes a number of new features, including the ability to Download Android apps and run them on your Windows PC and updates too Microsoft Teams, the start menu and the overall picture of the softwarethat is cleaner and more Mac-like in design. (Everyone is here our favorite new features of Windows 11 and how to use them.)

Here’s all the details we know about Windows 11 so far, including price, compatibility, release date, beta download, new features, and more.

What new features does Windows 11 offer?

Here are some of the great new features in Windows 11:

  • A new, more Mac-like user interface. Windows 11 has a clean design with rounded corners, pastel tones and a centered start menu and taskbar.
  • Integrated Android apps. Android apps are coming to Windows 11 and installable from the new one Microsoft Store via the Amazon Appstore. (There were several ways to access Android apps on Windows 10 including if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, but that makes it native.)
  • Widgets. While they’ve been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), Including in a current Windows 10 update, you can now Access widgets right from the system tray and personalize it to see what you want.
  • Microsoft Teams integration. Teams get a facelift and is built right into the Windows 11 system tray, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple’s FaceTime). You can access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.
  • Xbox technology for better gaming. Windows 11 gets certain features that can be found in Xbox consoles, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to make gaming better on your Windows PC.
  • Better support for virtual desktops. Windows 11 lets you Set up virtual desktops toggle between multiple desktops for personal use, work, school, or play in a way more like MacOS.
  • Easier transition from monitor to laptop and better multitasking. The new operating system includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts – collections of the apps you use at the same time, which are in the system tray and can appear or be minimized at the same time to make it easier to switch tasks. They also allow you to easily plug in and unplug a monitor without losing where your open windows are.

Windows 11 images leaked about a week before the event, so we had an idea of ​​some of the features in advance.

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Microsoft Teams is integrated directly into the Windows 11 taskbar, which is now centered on the display.

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When is the Windows 11 release date?

Windows 11 is now available as an Insider Preview build download for those in the Windows Insider Program and will be available as a public beta in July (here is How to download the beta version of Windows 11). According to Microsoft, it will be rolled out on all compatible PCs and new PCs around Christmas 2021 and will continue through 2022. However, several indications suggest it Windows 11 could arrive as early as October.

Is my computer compatible with Windows 11?

To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit the Microsoft website for a list of requirements.

Microsoft originally directed people to download the PC Health Check app to check that their computers were compatible. However, many users reported that they did not provide enough details on why a device was incompatible. On June 28, a Microsoft blog post stated that the company was “temporarily removing the app” to address this issue and that the tool would be returning before the Windows 11 release this fall. (When it returns, we’ll have a step-by-step guide for that How to use the PC Health Check app, and what information it gives you. In the meantime it goes like this Check hardware compatibility with Windows 11 without this tool.)

if you Buy a new PC between now and general release, this computer is also eligible for the free upgrade.

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New PCs are eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11.

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How can I download Windows 11 when it becomes available?

Once Windows 11 is generally available, download it as you would any new version of Windows. Most users go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update and click Check for updates. If available, see Function update to Windows 11. click Download and install. (Here you can find more information about How to download Windows 11. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you might still be able to quietly Also download Windows 10 for free – here’s how.)

Will it be free to download Windows 11?

If you are already a Windows 10 user, Windows 11 will be saved as a free upgrade for your machine.

For more information, see every feature we wanted in Windows 11 but didn’t get, everything you need to know about the latest Windows May 10, 2021 update, the The best hidden Windows 10 features we found and Six Simple Security Changes All Windows 10 Users Must Make.


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