Today’s the big day. At 9:30 p.m. (Indian Standard time), Microsoft will present Windows 11. It is the latest update of its well-known operating system. One of the most surprising developments so far this year, since, after the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 10, we were under the impression that the Redmond giant would not be releasing a numbered version of Windows.
To the detriment of the product model, the adoption of the service model represented a vital evolution. Microsoft no longer conceives Windows as a product to be renewed in relatively long periods. It has been software that’s being updated in short cycles, specifically every six months (semi-annual updates with new functions). This was complemented with the classic patches of security that keep coming monthly.
These semi-annual updates have been with us since the launch of Windows 10, and at no time have they affected the numbering of the operating system. The original version of 2015 and the version updated to May 2021 are still called Windows 10. However, This will change with the end of the year update, scheduled for October-November, since this operating system will be renamed Windows 11.
Windows 11: What can we expect?
I want to start with a critical topic, your possible requirements. As we saw in this article, the first leaked Windows 11 builds had very different conditions. At first, everything seemed to indicate that said operating system was going to be more demanding than Windows 10 since it needed 4 GB of RAM (2 GB in Windows 10 64-bit) and 50 GB of free space (32 GB in Windows 10 64-bit). However, another build was later leaked that only required 2 GB of RAM, although it kept 50 GB of free space.
Will we require more Ram? Will Windows 11 require more space?
I think Microsoft will retain, broadly speaking, requirements similar to those of Windows 10. This includes 2 GB of RAM. We may, however, find small changes that, among other things, may include the space required to install Windows 11. I do not believe that Microsoft carries out exacerbated and meaningless impositions.
As for the new functions that Windows 11 could bring, we must be clear that this new version will introduce notable changes at the interface level. Thus, we will see an important transition in the direction that the defunct Windows 10X marked, something that will be noticed in such vital elements as the taskbar, in some icons, and in the start menu.
What will be different?
Continuing with the touch interface, a new leak suggests that Microsoft could introduce new gestures that facilitate interactions with Windows 11-based touch devices. There is still no clear information, but it is assumed that these new gestures will be integrated natively into the operating system. Therefore, it will be easier for developers to take advantage of.
Microsoft Store will be rejigged?
On the other hand, a deep renewal of the application store, known as Microsoft Store, is also expected, a change that is part of Microsoft’s “Cherry Hill” project, and that includes the renewal of other essential applications, such as Groove Music, Photos, Mail and Calendar. Returning to the Microsoft Store will continue to support various applications, including UWP, PWA, and Win32.
Another important novelty associated with the application store is that it will be optimized to facilitate and simplify the download of very heavy content (games, applications, etc.). Developers will be able to directly publish their Win32 applications, unpackaged, on the official Microsoft store.
For the rest, it is sensible to think that, with Windows 11, Microsoft will take advantage of it to introduce improvements in terms of performance, support, stability, and security. It will be interesting to see if this new update makes any positive difference in current games versus Windows 10.
Windows 11 will be a free update.
Both for Windows 10 users, who will be able to update to this new version directly through Windows Updates, and for those who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, it is still possible to update for free to Windows 10 from these operating systems. Therefore it will also be possible to make the leap to Windows 11 without additional expense.
This may change at some point, but considering that Microsoft is still interested in driving users’ transition from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10-Windows 11, I think it is unlikely, at least in the short and medium-term.
— Windows (@Windows) June 23, 2021