Microsoft’s Windows 11 Launch Event: Things You Should Know

Jul. 01, 2021 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to News

Microsoft has announced the coming of Windows 11 officially at the virtual event on June 24th 2021. Windows 11 will be released as a free upgrade available later this year. This is the first launch of a new Windows system in recent six years and the most important upgrade to Microsoft in a decade.Details bout it have been given by Microsoft at the event and things you should know about have been listed below.

Release Date

Microsoft says that the official Windows 11 will be released by the “holiday season”, namely around October and December. But users who are signed up as a Windows Insider can try an official early version since the week of June 29th 2021. People in the Dev or Beta channels will be able to use the Windows 11 Insider builds as long as their devices meet the system requirements for Windows 11. If you want to get this trial version, you may need to sign up or change your channel in the Windows Insider. It is quite simple to do so: you just need to go to SettingsUpdate and SecurityWindows Insider Program.

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 11 will be a free update available later this year. To get this free update, the computer devices must meet the following minimum system requirements:

CPU: 1-GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a 64-bit processor.

RAM: 4 gigabytes or more

Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device

System Firmware: UEFI and Secure Boot capable

TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display: An HD display at least 720p (1280×720) resolution larger than 9” diagonal, 8-bits per color channel

Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity. No offline installs.

It can be seen that this operating system will be the first operating system made only for 64-bit equipment. This system does not support 32-bit computer hardware, but it will be downward compatible with 32-bit applications, so there should be no application compatibility issues.

New Features

New Design

The location of the Taskbar has been moved to the center. The default icons have been relocated to the middle. If you are not used to applying icons and the start menu centered, you can move them back to the left. Besides, it seems that Windows 11 will present softer visuals with plenty of rounded corners, animated transitions, and more refined transparency effects.

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Android Apps on Windows

The coming Windows 11 will support Android apps through an integration with the Amazon Appstore. According to Microsoft, the new app store will allow developers to choose their own settlement system. All the revenue from the store goes to the developers, and Microsoft will not make any withdrawals (this strategy may not apply to games). In the new software store, the distribution of Android apps will rely on the Amazon App Store, while the Microsoft Software Store is responsible for the content presentation.

However, Android apps do not need the Android system environment to run, which can fit perfectly with the current Windows desktop environment. The only limitation is that Android apps in Windows 11 apparently have no Google Play framework to rely on. Thus Google system apps and some applications that require Google Play services may not work properly on Windows 11. But this does not affect the significance of this big change brings. It will be, like Microsoft claims, “Your favorite mobile apps now on Windows”.

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Snap Layouts

When users need to deal with something not in the tiled layout they can save it in Snap Group first. Also, the user can customize the layout to support suitable paving functionality. Users can make multiple desktops using their own customized wallpaper; the window automatically sizes when disconnecting the display. After connecting to the display, the window automatically quickly returns to its previous state.

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Auto HDR for Gaming

Windows 11 will provide users with gaming-related improvements through better better HDR (high dynamic range). Windows 11 will be able to convert the color and lighting when users’ monitors support HDR but the games do not.

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Teams Integrated with Windows

The Microsoft Teams will be integrated in the Taskbar of the new OS. The Teams icon will be put front and center on the Taskbar. It has a purple circular background and a camera logo in the middle. When the icon is selected, a floating window will appear to show the most recent contacts. From this window, you can start a video chat or send direct messages. This feature meets people’s need to efficiently communicate with others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Improvements for Touch

In Windows 11, the dedicated tablet mode from Windows 10 will be replaced with gestures and other features. Users will be able to touch icons, boxes and the keyboard with their fingers very easily and efficiently. Besides, users can swipe up and down on Windows to close or minimize windows by using three or four fingers. What’s more, haptics will be added into the tablet mode. Users can feel vibrations and hear more sounds when they are editing or sketching with a pen.

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Make Preparations for Windows 11 Update

It is not uncommon to encounter the problems like “a required CD/DVD driver is missing”, “video drivers are outdated”, or “wireless network driver is not working” after updating Windows. To solve these problems, it is recommended to install drivers which are well-matched with your computer. The reason is that different Windows OS requires specific drivers compatible with it, such as Windows 10 64-bit needs Windows 10 drivers for 64 bit, 32-bit OS needs 32-bit drivers, Windows 10 graphics driver for HP notebook 2000 PC, and other requirements of laptop drivers in Windows 10.

To prepare for the coming of official Windows 11, you may need to download a professional driver update tool, like Driver Talent, to check the drivers on your computer, and update drivers for smooth operation of Windows 11 once it is released by Microsoft.

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