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Microsoft Windows 11 set to arrive on October 5: Here’s what to expect

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Highlights:

  • Windows 11 is set to release on October 5, 2021.
  • The first major release since 2015 will be available as a free upgrade to users with an eligible PC running Windows 10.
  • New eligible devices will receive Windows 11 free upgrade first.

Microsoft has finally announced the release date for its next version of the Windows operating system. Windows 11 will mark its debut on October 5. The new Windows operating system will come with a completely redesigned layout with a new position for the Start menu, new icons and themes, softer visuals, and more such changes.

It also brings several performance improvements as compared to Windows 10, now promising more power efficiency and 40 percent smaller updates that will run in the background. The launch will be “phased and measured,” with new eligible devices getting the upgrade first, and the rest getting offered the free upgrade sometime between October and mid-2022, depending on your hardware.

If you don’t want the app icons and Start menu centered, there’s an option to move them all back to the left-hand side. Coupled with the dark mode, Windows 11 starts to look like a more refined version of Windows 10. 

The core requirements to run Windows 11 are unchanged from those that were revealed as part of the original announcement: A PC will need a minimum of 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage; UEFI secure boot must be enabled; the graphics card must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver; and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 must be included.

New features included in Windows 11

Here are a few of the standout new features in Windows 11:

  • A new, more Mac-like interface. Windows 11 features a clean design with rounded corners, pastel shades, and a centered Start menu and Taskbar.
  • Widgets. You can now access widgets directly from the Taskbar and personalize them
  • Microsoft Teams integration. Teams are getting a face-lift and will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 Taskbar, making it easier to access. You’ll be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.
  • Better virtual desktop support. Windows 11 will let you set up virtual desktops in a way that’s more similar to MacOS, toggling between multiple desktops for personal, work, school, or gaming use. You can also change your wallpaper on each virtual desktop.

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