After the announcement of Windows 11 on the 24th June 2021, 5 years after the release of Windows 10. It was finally released on the 5th of October 2021 bringing all new features as well as redesigned aspects of Windows 10. Let’s talk about if it is worth upgrading.
Better looking, more consistent new design Requires a recent CPU
Great window layout options Some interface changes may get take getting used to
New video game options Some useful tools going away, like timeline and certain table gestures
Better multi-monitor functionality
New performance-improving features
Planned support for Android apps
Advantages & Disadvantages.
1. Graphical Changes.
Windows 11 has an all new theme including a new start button and start-up sound which adapts to the users screen automatically. Additionally, a Floating login screen, Redesigned taskbar, Adaptive Cursor, Fresh icons & system tray, and customized Notification tray which are also new. The start button sits directly in the middle of the taskbar which you cannot move to the left or the right.
2. Enhanced Task View.
A multi-window task pane will be a boost to the advantages of Windows 11 to users as they will be able to switch between window panes easily. The multitasking feature of Windows 11 will make it easier for users to organize windows in different sizes.
3. Tablet Mode.
Windows 10 received negative feedback because of its poor tablet mode; Windows 11 will bring more intuitive tablet mode. In addition, users will be able to interact with the screen through voice typing, touch screen, custom keyboard settings, and digital pen.
4. Instant Search and Gaming.
In windows 10, you had to use the “type here section” to search for a particular app or settings. On the other hand, the insta-search will enable users to see the result as they type their query, thus provides the result from which the best option can be selected.
Since the successor is said to be faster and more stable than the former version, your search will further speed up by a strong configuration, including faster system updates. For a better gaming experience of users, Xbox and Microsoft Teams have integrated, which adds to the advantages of Windows 11 users, whether home users or Pro.
1. Specific System Requirements.
Windows 11 requires atleast 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB Hard Disk space. It also requires a processor that has ATLEAST 2 or more cores and a clock speed of 1GHz or higher. Intel 8th Gen and later processors are also compatible. You will also need a motherboard that supports TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
The major issue will be the graphics card which will have to be compatible with DirectX 12 or later which may cost further.
2. User Adaptability
Although Windows 11 promises to overcome some limitations of Windows 10, some users may take time to get used to the new features. As many programmes have been removed such as skype and Paint 3D.
3. Possible Upgrade Issues.
Microsoft releases patches and system updates from time to time, but problems may come up for Windows 10 users later if Microsoft makes it mandatory to upgrade. The same happened when XP users had to migrate to Windows 7, Windows 7 users had to switch to Windows 10.
4. Training and Troubleshooting.
If a problem occurs in the operating system, technical professionals need to troubleshoot it. As the new version of the Operating system brings advanced features, it may not be very straight forward to get to the bottom of the issue.
Training both the employees and tech support professionals may add to the disadvantages of Windows 11 for business. This is because they may have to ramp up the hardware and spend time training the employees.
There are many mixed statements and mixed reviews about the new windows 11 release, Although the new windows 11 has some unbearable disadvantages I would still recommend updating. Windows 11 is still within the first 6 months of release and many of the problems/bugs it currently has will soon be resolved. Windows 11 is completely free and still offers many new features as well as a better user experience despite many of its issues. In a small amount of cases that your computer/Desktop may not have the required specifications (Listed above) that Windows 11 needs it may not be advised to upgrade.