Microsoft’s Windows 11 is a hot topic right now but, that doesn’t surprise me, it always is when they decide to announce a new operating system.
But, do you know what makes this new windows version announcement really special? It’s 100% free for existing Windows users.
Finally, though, Windows 11 is official, announced by the team on June 24 2021. It seems as though the Microsoft team took a leaf out of Apple’s book and realised there are huge benefits to making your operating system free – including faster adoption and updates being installed.
Speaking about taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, it’s been said that Microsoft will also be releasing yearly updates as well, much like Apple currently does. So while it might feel like operating systems are becoming slightly homogenised, I don’t think this is something to worry about going forward – they both hold their differences and ideal applications.
with Windows 11, Microsoft is bringing its big desktop operating system in line with MacOS, Android, and iOS in the sense that there will be one update per year. after almost six years of two Windows 10 feature updates per year, i'm excited for one less upgrade to deal with
— Jordan Novet (@jordannovet) June 24, 2021
Enough procrastination. I suppose you are still wondering what sort of military-grade supercomputer we will need to run Windows 11?
Windows 11 System Requirements
Windows 11 system requirements have always been the first focus for any new release. It’s well known that initial system requirements to run new Windows operating systems can be initially quite high (can anyone say Windows XP?), but Windows 11 hardware requirements seem forgiving, to say the least.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel
- Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.
It should be noted that, as always, you won’t be able to update or use some specific features without an internet connection and a valid Microsoft account.