Windows is a graphical operating system developed by Microsoft. It allows its users to view and store files, run the software, play games, watch videos, and provides a way to connect to the internet. It was released for both home computing and professional work. The first Windows was announced by Bill Gates on November 10, 1983.
Then, it has been frequently updated with the new features like faster processing chips, bigger Computer memory. Before Windows we needed a series of text commands to operate our system. But the invention of Windows makes our lives easy with systems. There are various Windows benefits and features. Let’s discuss some of them:
- Ease of use
- There is a huge selection of software available for Windows.
- Backwards compatibility, means the current version is compatible with the older version of Windows.
- Support for new hardware, it means all hardware manufacturers will offer support for a recent version of Windows when they go to market with a new product.
- Windows provide special gaming hardware
- Compatibility with MS driven websites
Now, let’s talk about versions of Windows. There are various versions of Windows NT lineage, DOS Lineage, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 1.0, Windows 2.0, Windows 3.X, Windows 10 etc. Windows 10 came in 2017 and after a long time Microsoft has introduced Windows 11 on October 5, 2021.
Windows 11 incorporates a redesigned user interface, including a new Start menu, a visual style featuring rounded corners, and a new layout for the Microsoft Store. Microsoft has announced Windows 10 support will end in 2025, so you still have a few years before you’ll stop getting security patches.
Windows 11 is finally available bringing the biggest update that can be seen in Microsoft’s PC software. Microsoft has tried to bring something for everyone from functionalities to features. The interesting point is that Windows 11 is freely available for the ones who have Windows 10. So, I think for Windows 10 users there is no reason Why not to upgrade to Windows 11. But, Windows 11 is in its early stages of its life cycle so bugs are obvious to face which will be fixed in the coming time.
What is new in Windows 11?
Security and Scanning
The Software security is divided into many parts and various new features are added into the new version which were not available in Windows 10. These features are-
- Windows Hello for Business helps protect users and identities.
- The Application Security features help prevent unwanted or malicious code from running, isolate untrusted websites & untrusted Office files, protect against phishing or malware websites, and more.
- Microsoft Defender Antivirus is built into Windows, and helps protect devices using next-generation security.
- Security baselines include security settings that are already configured, and ready to be deployed to your devices.
- Multi-window multitasking feature has been improved.
Customize the desktop experience
- Snapped layouts and snapped groups
- Start Menu – The start menu of Windows 11 has been simplified. This updated Start button position is in the centre now instead of corners to make the navigation much easier in the operating system. The design of the start menu button has been changed. The search menu is displayed across the top.
- Taskbar – The user will get a new feature of managing multiple iterations of the desktop. This desktop feature is simple and improves ease of use. The task view button sits alongside the Start button. When we hover the cursor on this button, it will show both the things Preview of what you have opened and the option to set up a new one.
- Widgets – Microsoft has also brought a big change to Windows 11 widgets. By clicking on the widget button on the taskbar tiles can be accessed where you find news headlines, weather and calendar.
- Virtual desktops – On the Taskbar, you can select the Desktops icon to create a new desktop.
Now, comes to the gaming related features in Windows 11. Auto HDR and Direct Performance and Upgradation of Windows 11.
What if we talk about the performance of Window 11 in comparison to Window 10?
Windows 11 Performance Against Windows 10
- Design: A major difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10 is in its design. Windows 11 offers an interface that’s more like a Mac, with pastel colours, rounded corners for all windows and a cleaner interface than its predecessor. Microsoft simplified the user interface as much as possible to create a clean space for work and play.
- Performance: Windows 11 has implemented better memory and CPU resources management. It prioritize the performance of app you’re using at the front and hence, in those scenarios when your CPU is 100% busy, you will still be able to run your important & heavy apps without any issues.
- Gaming Upgrades: PC gaming should also improve with Windows 11. However, Microsoft has said that Direct Storage, one of the new PC gaming features, will also be supported in Windows 10. Direct Storage takes advantage of the modern storage hardware in gaming PCs to streamline how game data is processed. Auto HDR (high dynamics range) will also be baked into Windows 11, which should enhance the colors in many games.
- Virtual desktops: Although Windows 10 included the Task View feature and allowed users to create multiple virtual desktops, the options were limited. Windows 11 users will be able to set up virtual desktops much like they do with Macs.
- Touch/tablet mode: Microsoft is removing the tablet mode included in Windows 10 from Windows 11. The tablet mode in Windows 10 makes users’ PCs more touch-friendly when they use their devices as tablets. However, Windows 11 acts more like an iPad.
Obviously, this article is not supporting negation to upgradation. To support our view, let us summarize the main points, which support our decision of upgrading to Windows 11.
First is the Start Menu which is streamlined and less cluttered than Windows 10. The Windows 11 new looks great, and the same goes for user interface elements. The improvements in Windows 11 which are the most notable one is a full user interface redesign, that’s a major upgrade from Windows 10.
The biggest change is the native support for Android apps and the overhaul of the Microsoft Store that will become a centralized hub for all application downloads. Gaming improvements such as Direct Storage, AutoHDR and Xbox Game Pass for PC will take gaming on your PC to a whole new level. So, go for the upgrade! It is safe with new qualities.