Windows 11 is a major version of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft that was announced on June 24, 2021, and is the successor to Windows 10, which was released in 2015. Windows 11 was released on October 5, 2021, as a free upgrade via Windows Update for eligible devices running Windows 10.
Microsoft promoted that Windows 11 would have improved performance and ease of use over Windows 10; it features major changes to the Windows shell influenced by the canceled Windows 10X, including a redesigned Start menu, the replacement of its “live tiles” with a separate “Widgets” panel on the taskbar, the ability to create tiled sets of windows that can be minimized and restored from the taskbar as a group, and new gaming technologies inherited from Xbox Series X and Series S such as Auto HDR and DirectStorage on compatible hardware. Internet Explorer is fully replaced by the Blink layout engine-based Microsoft Edge, while Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Windows shell. Microsoft also announced plans to offer support for Android apps to run on Windows 11, with support for Amazon Appstore and manually-installed packages.
Citing new security mandates, Windows 11 has stricter hardware requirements than Windows 10, with Microsoft only supporting the operating system with updates on devices using an eighth-generation Intel Core CPU or newer (with some exceptions), AMD Ryzen CPU based on Zen+ microarchitecture or newer, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 ARM system-on-chip or newer. UEFI secure boot and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support is also required. Additionally, Windows 11 no longer supports 32-bit x86 architecture or systems using BIOS firmware.
Windows 11 has received a mixed to positive reception; pre-release coverage of the operating system focused on its stricter hardware requirements, with discussions over whether they were legitimately intended to improve the security of Windows or a ploy to upsell users to newer devices, and over e-waste associated with the changes. Upon its release, Windows 11 received positive reviews for its improved visual design, window management, and a stronger focus on security, but was panned for regressions and modifications to aspects of its user interface.
What’s New in Windows 11:
Completely new design (user interface changes)
Start and elements float above the bottom bar
Control buttons located on one separate panel
Control panel float, the same as that of the “Start”
New icons and Windows 95 icons will disappear
New default responsive Segoe UI Variable font
Two screens and weak gadgets in parallel
Fillets are expected to affect virtually everything
Design of the corners and the levitation effect
Translucent background with blur everywhere
New interface style, and so much more.
1.0 GHz multi-core or faster processor
4 GB RAM (memory)
64 GB free hard disk space
1024 x 768 display
DirectX 12 or above
Keyboard & Mouse
How to install Windows 11 and activate (Activator Usages)