Top Five Features of Windows 11

Windows 11

Microsoft released the much-awaited next-generation Windows 11 on June 24, 2021, with plenty of new features. If you think you can install Windows 11 easily like Windows 10, then you are wrong. This is because Microsoft has mandated that you require a device with TPM 2.0 for the installation of Windows 11. This is a hard requirement and even people with advanced machines like Surface are unable to pass the test. Microsoft has released PC Health Check app, which automatically scans your PC and informs whether your system is ready for Windows 11 or not. However, the app is throwing a message that system is not compatible for all users. We have to wait and watch whether Windows 11 will be able to install in older PCs with Intel Core 7th generation and below.

Windows 11 will be made available for Windows Insiders to begin with followed by Global rollout. We expect the release of Windows 11 loaded PCs and laptops by October 2021. Microsoft had announced that Windows 11 will be available to users as a free upgrade. The hardware requirements are stringent and you need the latest laptop to work with Windows 11. If you don’t have a supported PC, then you should wait until manufacturers release new laptops pre-loaded with Windows 11. In this article, we will examine the Top Five Features of Windows 11 that you should know about.

Windows 11 Top Features

Improved Multitasking Experience

Windows 11 has introduced Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops, which provide a new Multitasking experience. The new features are exclusively designed to organize your Windows and optimize screen real estate. You can divide multiple apps into separate columns for easy multitasking. You can create separate Desktops and personalize them according to your needs and requirements. You can create separate Desktops for Home, Office, School, Gaming, and much more.

Android apps on Windows

With Windows 11, you can work with Android apps right from your desktop. The Android apps will be made available in the Microsoft Store via Amazon Appstore. The product team is planning to add Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney+, TikTok, Zoom including native apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, NotePad, and Paint to Microsoft Store on Windows 11. It is to be noted that Microsoft Paint is already available on Microsoft Store on Windows 10. This is one of the Top Five Features of Windows 11.

Microsoft Teams Integration

Windows 11 ships integrated with Microsoft Teams. You need not have to download Microsoft Teams app separately as you do with Windows 10. You just need to configure Microsoft Teams and use the app straight away.

Widgets

Windows 11 will ship with improved Widgets, which display news, weather, calendar, to-do list including photos. The Widget slid over your Windows 11 desktop. You will be able to view the widgets on full screen including the ability to add or remove widgets according to your requirements.

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According to Microsoft, Widgets eliminate the need for smartphones to verify news, weather, and notifications. You can open a curved view of all the relevant essential information directly from your desktop. The Widget is designed in such a way that it will not disrupt your work because it slides like a sheet of glass.

Gaming Improvements

Windows 11 sets new benchmarks when it comes to Gaming. The new operating platform provides support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, which is developer to deliver immersive graphics at high frame rates. The Auto HDR support offers a wider and vivid range of color for an enhanced visual experience. The DirectStorage technology provides faster load times because the assets of the games will be loaded directly to the Graphics card instead of the CPU. Windows 11 also integrates the Xbox app and can be accessed by all Xbox Game Pass users. The Xbox app store provides access to over 100 high-quality games and stream titles via Xbox cloud gaming. You will find this Top Five Features of Windows 11 very interesting to work with.

Refreshed Look

Windows 11 comes with a Start menu at the centre and rounded corners on menus. The relevant icons for the Microsoft Edge and File Explorer are placed on the centre. Microsoft has adopted MacOS style Taskbar and has shelved the Taskbar on the whole row on the desktop. You can swap the position of the icons by drag and drop. The Live Tiles on the Start menu has been discontinued. However, the list of recommended apps is displayed at the bottom. The dedicated Search button can be used to search for favorite apps. Microsoft has introduced several new sounds and alerts including new themes and wallpapers. If you work with Windows 11, you will enjoy a whole new experience for your daily computer chores.

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Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com

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