Microsoft Debuts Windows 11 With New Features And Changes

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Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay unveiled Windows 11 on June 24 during an hour-long virtual event titled “What’s Next for Windows?”

Here are some of the changes Windows users should expect for Windows 11:

What are the Hardware Requirements for Windows 11?

  • A ‘modern’ dual-core processor with 64 bits
  • 1GHz clock frequency
  • 64GB drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM 2.0
  • Greater than 9-inch screen with HD Resolution (1366×768 equivalent)
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2. x

What is Leaving Windows 11?

  • Internet Explorer is gone for good and users will have to use the built-in IE mode feature in the new Microsoft Edge.
  • Cortana, once the rival of Siri and Alexa, will no longer be visible, and the icon will no longer be pinned to the taskbar.
  • Windows 10 users who sign in with a Microsoft account will no longer be able to use the Timeline feature from July 2021, and with the Windows 11 upgrade, it will be completely gone.
  • The Microsoft taskbar removes the People icon and also removes developers “ability to incorporate taskbar customizations into apps.
  • The Microsoft Teams app will not be pre-installed on Windows 11. 

What are the changes on Windows 11?

  • The “Start” button is now located in the lower center of the screen instead of the left.
  • Microsoft replaces Skype’s “Meet Now” button with a Teams Chat button in the taskbar
  • The upcoming Android subsystem on Windows 11 will have a proxy native app between the Android app model and the Windows app model. There will be a virtual machine that provides compatibility for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which offers custom variants of Android that do not require support from Google Play services.
  • The Amazon Appstore selection will be available to Windows 11 customers later this year.
  • Windows 10 and 11 devices can be deployed, used and managed side-by-side.

Windows 11 will be released to mainstream users this fall and early 2022. Windows 11 will be pre-installed on select new PCs this holiday season and will be a free upgrade from Windows 10.

For more information, read the original story in ZDNet.

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