Boasting an overhauled user experience and quality-of-life improvements, Windows 11 is the upcoming successor to Windows 10, displaying refreshed colors and icons, as well as changes to the taskbar, Start Menu, and Widgets panes in order to organise reminders and other information.
Windows 11 also makes some changes to fundamental parts of the Windows User Experience (UX), including the Start Menu and taskbar. The Start button still sits at the left of the taskbar, but the taskbar itself is now centered at the bottom edge of the display. (There’s a setting to move everything back to the left if you don’t want to use it in the centre.)
On any PC with a properly licensed copy of Windows 10, the upgrade to Windows 11 will be free, with security updates continuing to release fortnightly on Tuesdays.
The new OS will require relatively new hardware compared to Windows 10, with processor and motherboard firmware requirements meaning PCs designed and sold prior to 2019 will need to be checked for compatibility prior to upgrading.
According to Microsoft, the official release of Windows 11 is slated for October 5th, and it’s likely that from that date onwards you may get popups or notifications asking you to upgrade. I would recommend holding off on upgrading for a short while until it’s confirmed that Windows 11 is stable and has no significant security or operating flaws in the early days. As always, if you have any doubts or concerns, it’s best to contact QCNS prior to upgrading to ensure that it will go as smoothly as possible. There is no rush to upgrade, with Microsoft stating that upgrading Windows 10 machines to 11 will continue well into 2022, and possibly beyond.
Overall, Windows 11 is more of a facelift for Windows 10, and many of the visual changes can be reverted on request to look more like Windows 10 if preferred. The snapping panes, window restoration to external monitors, and widget integration brings windows in-line with other popular operating systems such as MacOS and ChromeOS, but the wheel isn’t being re-invented here.