Microsoft Unveils Windows 11 – These Users Might Get It For Free

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At a virtual event, Microsoft launched Windows 11, its “next-generation” operating system. It was revealed by Satya Nadella.

Android apps will be able to run on the Windows desktop using the new software. 

Panos Panay, the product manager, promised smaller, faster security updates, which he stated will happen in the background, which is a major gripe among Windows users. Users may also set up several PCs for work, home, and gaming with Microsoft Windows 11.

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Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is currently installed on 1.3 billion devices. 

Next week, an early preview version of the new system will be made available to app developers. Existing Windows 10 customers will be able to download Windows 11 for free, while some machines will not meet the minimum requirements. A minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM is required.

Who can get access to Windows 11? 

Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade from Microsoft. If you have a Windows 10 laptop or desktop, Windows 11 will most likely be installed for free. Microsoft will deploy Windows 11 in the same way that it distributed Windows 10 five years ago. However, your PC must have 4GB of RAM, 64GB of free storage space, and a 64-bit processor to match the minimal hardware requirements.

What are the features?

Microsoft’s Teams communication platform will be better integrated with Windows 11. Pre-installed will also be Xbox Titles Pass, a subscription programme with access to hundreds of games. 

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As rival Apple continues to face concerns over its business model, the tech giant announced it would split more income from its app store with creators and developers.

Moreover, Microsoft’s new operating system boasts a fresh new look and a slew of new capabilities. The Start Menu has been updated, and the Start button has been redesigned by Microsoft. The taskbar now houses both the Start menu and the button. The Start menu also includes Live Tiles, which we last saw in Windows 8. Along with Android app support, Windows 11 also includes Auto HDR.

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What do the experts have to say?

According to JP Gownder, principal analyst at Forrester, the new operating system is based on the code of Windows 10, which should eliminate upgrade issues like those seen with Windows Vista in the past.

“These user-friendly nods to the past are a double-edged sword, though,” he added.

“They’re great for continuity of experience, but they make you wonder what the 11 stands for. Is this more of an admittedly feature-rich Windows 10 update than a full-version release?”

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