The latest iteration of Microsoft’s leading operating system is here. What does it have to offer, however?

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As you would expect, Windows 11 comes packed with new features. It aims to fit more into the modern workplace, and the focus on collaboration, connectivity, and remote access requirement that has surfaced in recent years. The most obvious difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10 is the visuals.

New Visuals

Windows 11 Screenshot
Flat coloured squares make way for frosted glass with rounded edges.

Every generation of Windows Operating System has its style. This time, Microsoft has dropped the squared, opaque windows, for rounded, translucent windows, looking more akin to Apple’s OS design used on Macs, iPhones and more. This Apple-esque design can be seen further with the newly centred taskbar, though Microsoft has included the ability to move this back to the left for those averse to the change.

Improved Multi-tasking

Windows 11 Snap Groups & Snap Layouts
Snap Layouts allow fast snapping of applications to set layouts, making multi-tasking simpler, and making a single monitor setup more productive.

With Windows 11, multi-tasking has been improved with both brand new features, and adjustments to old ones. Two new features are Snap Groups and Snap Layouts. These provide the user with the ability to have multiple programs open and linked so that they can be controlled as a collective.

This means you could have Publisher, Edge and Teams all open at the same time, split across the monitor. If you want to start doing something else, you can minimise all three programs at once. When you decide to go back to them, you can do so with a single click, and they will appear exactly as you left them.

This can be taken further with Virtual Desktops, which let you switch quickly between multiple Snap Groups as if they were on different monitors.

Increased Security

Windows 11 is more secure than previous iterations as it requires a machine with a TPM 2.0 chip, which neutralises a large group of malware attacks that try to take control of the computer. This is a double-edged sword, however, as it makes many older PCs incompatible with Windows 11, and unable to upgrade. Replacing older PCs will be required in the coming years, however, as Microsoft has announced that support for Windows 10 would end in 2025. This means Microsoft will no longer provide regular security updates, that help keep your computer safe from newly identified exploits and security backdoors.

Other new additions

  • Microsoft Teams is included as default, and is automatically available on the taskbar.
  • Power Automate is included as default, and allows users to create flows that simplify, or fully automate common everyday tasks.
  • Android apps can be launched through the Amazon Appstore, available on the Microsoft Store. Currently, this is only available to users in the Windows Insider program but is expected to be fully released soon.

If you are looking to switch to Windows 11, or have an enquiry regarding Windows 11, don’t hesitate to get in touch. One of our expert advisors will be more than happy to give an in-depth, no-obligation consultation to discuss Windows 11 with you.

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