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Hardware requirements for specific features. Microsoft also announced different hardware requirements to use specific features in Windows 11, which are listed below:
■ 5G support requires 5G capable modem.
■ Auto HDR requires an HDR monitor.
■ Bit Locker to Go requires a USB flash drive (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
Client Hyper-V requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
■ Cortana requires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.
■ DirectStorage requires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the "Standard NVM Express Controller" driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU.
■ DirectX 12 Ultimate is available with supported games and graphics chips.
■ Presence requires a sensor that can detect human distance from the device or intent to interact with the device.
■ Intelligent Video Conferencing requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output).
■ Multiple Voice Assistant (MVA) requires a microphone and speaker.
■ Snap three-column layouts require a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.
■ Mute/Unmute from Taskbar requires a video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output). The app must be compatible with the feature to enable global mute/unmute.

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade. Windows 11 will ship later this year, and will be offered as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. Microsoft says there's no time limit on this, meaning you won't have to upgrade to Windows 11 right away if you don't want to. OEMs will still have to pay for a Windows 11 license, however. The license itself isn't free, but if you upgrade from Windows 10, you get to retain your license and therefore remain activated. This is exactly how it worked with the move from Windows 7 and Windows 8 to Windows 10. We also expect Windows 11 to be available for standalone purchase to consumers, like Windows 10. You can use the GetPCHealthCheckApp to check your devices now. download here To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit to download the PC Health Check app, the post said. And if you buy a new PC between now and the general release, that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade. If you haven't updated to Windows 10 yet, don't worry -- there's a trick for downloading Windows 10 free that still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade.
How to download Windows 11, once it's available
Once Windows 11 becomes available, you'll download it the same way you would with any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking Check for Updates. If available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. If you want to test out Windows 11 ahead of time, an early beta version will be available next week for those in the Windows Insider Program, and a public beta will be released in July. However, we only recommend installing a beta if you have a second tester device -- not on your main device, as there are likely to be bugs.
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Microsoft has officially unveiled the eagerly anticipated next version of Windows, and it is called Windows 11. The name comes as no surprise after a preview build of Windows 11 was leaked last week, giving us a brief glimpse of the new features. However, the leak was an early preview build, and Microsoft has announced today a slew of new features that are sure to excite people. As part of the release of Windows 11, Microsoft plans to split Windows development into two branches - a Windows 10 branch for the enterprise that doesn't want to rush into a new OS and Windows 11 for consumers. Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 and will release build 19044 in the fall, with likely cumulative updates from then on allowing the enterprise to slowly get used to Windows 11. For those who are ready to install Windows 11, Microsoft is making it available to Windows Insiders on the 'Dev' channel early next week, with an eventual public release in the fall.

What's new in Windows 11
Windows 11 is the most significant upgrade to the operating system since Windows 10 and contains numerous improvements in both the features and the user interface. The user interface refresh, codenamed Sun Valley, brings rounded windows, updated colorful icons based on Microsoft's Fluent Design, new animations, and updated user interface controls.

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Microsoft announced Windows 11 yesterday, showcasing all the new features and changes that will be coming to the upcoming desktop OS. Besides visual changes, the company also announced some radical changes for the new Microsoft Store — a new store policy, and major visual changes, and the ability for developers to publish unpackaged win32 apps on the store. While all these changes are exciting and are a testament to the fact that Microsoft is quite serious about Windows, the minimum hardware requirement for Windows 11 will discourage a lot of users from updating to the latest Windows OS. If that turns out to be the case, then Windows 11 is unlikely to surpass Windows 10 market share in the next few years. Which begs this question: why will developers bother to publish unpackaged win32 apps on a store that won’t have a significant number of users, at least initially Well, the reason why developers will be publishing unpackaged win32 apps in the Store without giving it a second thought is that the new Microsoft Store won’t be an exclusive feature to Windows 11. As Microsoft announced yesterday, the new Microsoft Store will also be available for Windows 10, which is currently running on more than 1.3 billion devices. So, developers need not worry about whether or not a significant number of users will upgrade to Windows 11. What this means is that apps like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft’s own Visual Studio, Microsoft Teams can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. However, it’s not clear whether the new Microsoft Store on Windows 10 will include Android apps, nor are we sure about when the revamped Microsoft Store will be available for Windows 10 users. Meanwhile, you can read more about Microsoft’s new Store policy here. If you’re a win32 developer., are you planning to publish your app on the new Microsoft Store? Let’s know your thoughts down in the comments.

Windows 11 includes an all-new design and exciting performance boosts too. When running the operating system, day-to-day performance should be much faster. That includes your existing PC when you upgrade to the new update as well as your next device that arrives with Windows 11 preinstalled. Likewise, Windows Hello – which uses facial recognition to log into an account – is also faster than the same machine running Windows 10. Windows Updates have been slimmed down by as much as 40 percent, which means downloads should be much faster. Not only that, but those with devices with 4G and 5G mobile internet connections can keep their gadget updated while they're out on the road. Updates are installed quietly in the background too. Microsoft has a number of layouts to present multiple windowed applications on-screen at the same time. While Windows 10 let you snap two applications side-by-side, Windows 11 takes things a step further. Microsoft will a number of options based on the size of your screen, so those with more real estate will get more choice. But everyone will be able to juggle three or four windows of different sizes. Dubbed Snap Layouts, these configurations are stored in memory. So, you can jump into Outlook to reply to an email, and then return to three or four applications configured in the same grid layout. Likewise, if you have everything set-up on an external monitor, unplug your laptop and then plug it back into the same screen, everything will return in its place. That's handy for those who are working between an office and home.

Windows 7 and 8 users might just be able to upgrade for free to Microsoft’s revamped Windows 11 – the rumored next step for Windows 10 – when the latter emerges later this year. That’s the theory according to Windows Latest, which has been digging around in the leaked build of Windows 11 which recently surfaced, and found references to these older Windows operating systems in the product key configuration reader. The material uncovered there suggests there will be an upgrade path for both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to make the leap to Windows 11 for free. This kind of makes sense, because as you’re doubtless aware, it’s still possible for those on Windows 7 or 8 to upgrade to Windows 10, even though the official free upgrade was only supposed to last for the first year of the latter’s existence. That free upgrade never went away in fact – we discuss how you can avail yourself of it right here – and as Windows 11 is still fundamentally Windows 10, just with a lot of interface changes and a big facelift (from what we can see in the leaked build), it’s not surprising that the scheme of things might remain in place when it comes to upgrades. Then again, arguably the launch of the revamped OS, which is a visible step on from Windows 10, would make the perfect moment for Microsoft to finally kill off free upgrades for those on older Windows versions – just because it’s drawing a clear line in the sand. Also, we should remember that we’re going off what’s just a leaked preview of Windows 11, and the finished product may differ, with these configuration bits and pieces potentially being tidied away closer to release. As always in these situations, we’ll just have to wait and see, but given that Microsoft has held the door open – or perhaps that should be the window open – for older versions for some six years now, it’d be no surprise to see the software giant continue to do so. Five years is a long time to let upgrade loopholes slide, after all, and it’d seem that Microsoft perhaps made a decision that it’s more important to get user numbers and drive adoption of Windows than it is to make money off selling licenses to upgrading punters. And of course it’s not like sales aren’t still coming in from new PCs with Windows on board. If the free upgrade theory does turn out to be true for Windows 11 when it purportedly hits later this year, another question is whether Microsoft might make this an ‘official’ offer again – presumably with a time-limit, and perhaps a final one this time – or will it just continue to be an unofficial upgrade path, as with Windows 10 right now? Another point to bear in mind here is that Microsoft will obviously want Windows 11 to be seen to have a successful launch, and to be a popular move, so driving up adoption numbers with the freebie upgrade might help in framing that perception. Indeed, this could be another argument for a fanfare – and big push – around an official upgrade offer being implemented once again, however unlikely that may seem on the face of it.
Via techradar