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11-11-2021

The 5 big questions about Windows 11 we are hearing now

Microsoft’s latest operating system is starting to take the world by storm. But before jumping ship and upgrading to the new OS, better read this first.

It’s finally here after six years, Microsoft has just released the latest version of its operating system — Windows 11.

At a time when computers and technology play a more central role in human lives, tech companies are scrambling to deliver the best user experience possible to capture the ever-expanding market.

Microsoft’s answer to the growing demand for better technology for home and business use is Windows 11. Microsoft dubs their latest operating system as the “Windows that brings you closer to what you love.” But are they actually able to achieve that?

I know you probably have loads more questions about this latest OS from Microsoft. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into answering the five biggest questions you may be thinking about Windows 11.

The five questions you may be thinking about Windows 11

QUESTION #1 – What's the real difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?

Windows 11 gets a significant boost in performance, functionality, and style compared to Windows 10. Here’s a small overview of the biggest upgrades Microsoft has made for its latest OS:

QUESTION #2 – Will I need to make hardware changes to change to Windows 11?

It depends. Here’s an essential checklist of what you need to have to run Windows 11 on your PC:

If your PC or laptop meets or exceeds what’s listed above, then you can safely upgrade to Windows 11, stress-free. On the other hand, you may have to make some hardware upgrades or buy a new device altogether if your current one does not meet the minimum requirements.

QUESTION #3 – Can I get the Microsoft Office suite on Windows 11?

No. You have to pay for a Microsoft 365 subscription first.

But if you have an existing subscription to Microsoft 365, then you’re good to go. You just need to install the Office suite after upgrading to Windows 11.

Remember that support for older versions of Office (2010 and below) has been discontinued since last year. So, if you’re still using that, we suggest you make necessary changes to avoid making yourself vulnerable to security risks and strange behaviour within your office apps.

QUESTION #4 – How can I switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

If you’re looking to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11, that should be fine.

You will need to go to the Windows Update section of your Settings and click “Check for Updates.” Windows 11 will just be there available in the upgrade section. Click the “Download and Install” button, and that’s it.

QUESTION #5 – Will I really need to switch to Windows 11?

No. If your computer is not compatible or can’t run Windows 11, you don’t have to upgrade.

On the other hand, if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 but you find the upgrades unnecessary for your current workflow, there’s nothing wrong with staying with Windows 10. Microsoft say that Windows 10 is still the right choice for those who aren’t ready to transition to a new operating system. In fact, they made sure of this by scheduling an update for Windows 10 later this year. Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.

This gives you about four years to think about upgrading to Windows 11 or switching operating systems altogether. In most cases, PC’s will have been renewed with units that already run Windows 11 by that point. Sound Networks IT Support in Melksham can assist with the supply of Windows 11 ready PC’s for your business.

Technology that works for you

The new era of Windows has finally arrived.

Microsoft made it a point to make their latest OS a viable proposition for old and new Windows users. And with the new updates, it is clear that the company has made an effort to find out its users’ pain points and address them.

However, despite these new features, you have to understand one thing:

Technology is just a tool used to increase our everyday productivity and efficiency.

That means you don’t need to jump ship to Windows 11 if you’re not ready to do so outright. Technology is only as effective as how much you use it. So, if you’re already a master of Windows 10 and it makes you 100% productive, then change for changes sake is not a good thing.

Suppose you’re seriously thinking about making the switch to Windows 11. But you want to know more about its hardware compatibility and security updates. In that case, you need an IT service provider that’s willing to talk you through it.

If you need any help in fully understanding the pros and cons of switching for your business (or not changing) to Windows 11, schedule a short, no-obligation conversation with one of the Sound Networks team in Melksham today by calling 01225 701650 and asking for Paul.

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