Upgrading to Windows 11: Everything you Need to Know
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This month Microsoft released their latest OS, Windows 11, and users are already feeding back about the changes. On the face of it, Windows 11 has more to offer than any previous iterations of Windows.

So, you might be thinking, is now the perfect time to upgrade? This blog will summarise the benefits to support an informed decision about whether it’s the right time for your business. 

Windows is an operating system that millions of people use every day, and it’s fair to say this is the most user-centric and refined version yet. Windows 11 is designed with the user at the forefront, bringing a host of new features that promote better user accessibility, boost business productivity, and offer an all-around, more welcoming experience.

The Windows 11 Interface

A great place to Start

One of Windows 11’s standout features is returning to the iconic start menu, located on the Taskbar, for an easy and intuitive experience that reflects what earlier versions of Windows got right before changes were made in Windows 10.

Inherent security

Windows 10 was the most secure Windows OS in history, and Windows 11 takes this security to another level with protection against malware. Microsoft has widely communicated the need to move to a zero-trust security approach. Their latest OS enables technologies that support this mantra, including Device Encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS) and secure boot technology. Windows 11 also supports Windows Hello, allowing you to unlock your PC with just a look or touch, using a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint, adding a layer of security through user-friendly authentication that chimes with a smartphone user experience.

Compatibility across devices

As you’d expect, Windows 11 has several new features that will help you be more productive, namely the integration of Cortana (Microsoft’s personal assistant) for those looking for features that help them organize across devices. Windows 11 is the first Windows OS that allows for true cross-platform compatibility. It can run on PCs and tablets – not only Windows phones as previous iterations have done. Windows 11 is compatible with Windows Phone, Windows RT and Xbox One – meaning that it’s the only operating system to support all Microsoft devices.

Windows 11 also comes with Windows Ink, which introduces a range of digital tools that work seamlessly with Windows-compatible hardware. A serious upgrade from the 2016 version available on Windows 10, on Windows 11, the user can configure their Ink Workspace to show shortcuts for any installed apps. You can pin up to four app icons when you initiate the Pen workspace by clicking on a listed taskbar button or through physical buttons on your pen itself.

A new look and an improved Teams experience

Microsoft introduced Windows 11 with a clean design, pastel shades and a centred Start menu. It has been compared to the more modern Mac experience due to its rounded corners. Teams Integration chimes with a more Facetime-like experience, keeping users connected more easily.

The updated Teams interface

Greater control over workspaces

Windows 11 lets you create and switch between virtual desktops in a way that’s more similar to a Mac OS. This new feature of Windows will allow users greater control over their workspace while working remotely or on the go. You’ll be able to transition from a monitor more efficiently and achieve better multitasking by using Snap Groups. Windows 11 promotes a better workflow overall, allowing users to create setups that best suit their needs.

How do I upgrade?

Windows 11 upgrades are available now for Windows 10 users and will be rolled out on new and eligible devices initially, so it’s worth talking to your IT provider about upgrading.

If you’re looking for guidance or need help with IT training to upskill your people, or want to discuss hardware and compatibility challenges, then please get in touch today, and our experienced team can help you harness the power and productivity of Windows 11.