Should I get the Windows 11 update? Check out the 11 reasons why you need to get it as soon as Windows 11 is released on October 5, 2021.
After nearly six years of staying with Windows 10, Microsoft finally comes with a major update. On June 28, 2021, they introduced Windows 11 with a fresh perspective and design. It comes up with calm colors and lots of new features to boost your creativity and productivity.
Through this update, Microsoft seems to want to bring simplicity and cut the complexity. For example, the Snap layout lets you arrange the opened apps to fit into your monitor automatically. It even comes in several layout designs. Also, Microsoft Teams now becomes the primary communication app on Windows 11.
And one of the biggest updates in Windows 11 that might shock you is that the Android apps can run natively on your computer.
Interesting isn’t it?
Now, let’s have a further discussion on why you should get Windows 11 update as soon as it’s released.
11 Reasons Why You Should Get Windows 11 Update
Microsoft has committed to making Windows 11 a free update for all Windows users. But first, you will need to have a Microsoft account if you want to upgrade your operating system. And you have to activate Home versions on your PC. A stable and fast internet connection is also required before you download it.
However, you need to check if your PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11. Microsoft has set a minimum requirement for every machine that wants to install the update. Scroll down to see more details about it.
After nearly 6 years with no significant update to Windows 10, Windows 11 is a great update that you should not miss!
More importantly, it’s FREE!
2. Stunning User Interface
Windows 10 has been around for 6 years and there is no big update ever since. So, it’s completely normal if you start to feel bored with the user interface. With the news that Windows 11 update is coming, it could be the perfect time for you to get a little refreshment.
The new Windows 11 user interface shows a dramatic change. It looks glassy as you see there’s a lot of shininess and transparency. With this new design, Microsoft is trying to bring you simplicity and cut the complexity.
If you pay attention to the new Windows logo, now it looks symmetric. It also has an iconic wallpaper which somehow reminds me of a blue rose whenever I see it. And the color makes me calm. Don’t you feel the same?
The Start menu is pretty much different now. It is located at the center of the screen along with other icons like Search, Microsoft Teams, Explorer, Edge, and Windows Store. It makes it easier to reach whenever you need to. But, you are always able to put it back to the left corner if you find it odd. After all, what’s important is your comfort.
Click the Start menu button and you’ll see a new design of it. It looks simpler and fresh now. Here, you will find the Pined apps and Recommended files or apps. The pined apps section shows the apps that you use often. So you don’t waste your time searching for them in a list of apps like the old Start menu. While the Recommended section provides the files or apps that you recently opened not only from your PC but also from your device that is connected with your OneDrive account.
Besides, Microsoft is trying to bring more comfort to your eyes by providing two basic themes: dark and light. There are 6 variants of dark and light themes that you can choose via the Personalize section. The themes have the contrast that is perfect for people with visual impairments. Hence, seeing calm colors will reduce the stress you put on your eyes when staring at the monitor over a period of time.
3. Connect instantly with your friends and family
Microsoft wants you to stay close with your family and friends. Thus, the Microsoft Teams app is coming with Windows 11 update to your computer.
Hit the Microsoft Teams icon on the taskbar to make a video call or send a text to your family or friends. As long as they have the Microsoft Teams app installed on their devices, no matter it’s Android, iOS, or Mac, they can still receive your call or text.
This may sound awkward because everyone knows that Microsoft Teams is usually used for something more professional like meeting with colleagues. But by making it the default communication app in Windows 11, it seems Microsoft wants to change the way we see Teams.
4. Android app can run natively on Windows 11
This is one of the biggest news that you may hear in 2021, Android apps can now run natively in Windows. Previously, you may need to use third-party software like BlueStacks to run Android apps on your Windows computer. But, once you get Windows 11 updates, you won’t need the Android emulator anymore.
That said, you can open TikTok, Instagram, and also Android games on your computer without ease. The Android apps will be available on Amazon’s Appstore that you can access from the new Windows Store.
Thanks to the Intel Bridge technology that makes it possible to happen. But if you are using AMD, we are afraid that you have to wait a little bit longer.
It is quite good news because you no longer need to check your phone back and forth when working in front of your PC. Windows is capable to bring your phone’s environment to your computer.
5. More AI-powered apps to come
Windows provides applications with powerful AI capabilities built right in, for example, the Luminar AI app. The AI in the app works wonderfully to recognize the objects in the photo separately, such as the sky, landscape, water, people, and more.
Interestingly, you can easily change the object in the picture with just one click.
Say, you just took a photo of scenery, but you don’t like the sky. And you’re thinking of editing the sky. This can easily be done in Luminar. Just open the photo on the Luminar app and the app will recognize the objects in it. Then, choose the sky that you want from the template to replace the original one. You’ll be amazed at the result.
6. Multitasking becomes more convenient
When opening several apps at the same time, you probably find it tiring to move from one app to another. Or, you probably try to manually resize the apps so that they fit on your screen. Please do no more.
The snap layout and snap groups feature in Windows 11 let you easily arrange the opened apps to fit on your screen automatically with just one click. Just hover your cursor over the maximize or minimize button on the top right corner of the window and choose the layout. There are six different ways to split your opened apps into three to fit your monitor. You can choose whichever layout that you want. However, if you have a smaller screen, Windows will just offer you 4 snap layouts.
This way, you can increase your productivity because multitasking can never be this easy.
7. Get updated information on widgets
Widgets bring all the necessary information that you need closer to you quickly. With widgets, you don’t need to open different apps to get updates. Widgets will handle this all for you.
Swipe from the left using the touch or press the Windows button + N and the widgets will slide in from the left of your monitor. Its classy look will make it easier for you to read all the information at a glance.
Microsoft lets you customize the widgets by resizing, removing, and rearranging the content. You can have weather, to-do list, calendar, traffic, news, stock, and more in the widgets. Even you can personalize the feed to show stories based on your interest.
8. Continue working on the external monitor without ease
Working with the external monitor is getting easier with Windows 11. You can arrange for the apps to be shown on the external monitor as you please. And when you disconnect the external monitor, Windows will minimize all apps automatically. Once you reconnect your computer with the external monitor, Windows will place all apps back to where you left off.
This will save your time from rearranging the apps on your external monitor.
Just reconnect to your external monitor and you are on the go.
Go to System > Display > Multiple Displays to set up this feature.
9. More apps to come in the new Windows Store
Microsoft is rebuilding its Windows Store to fit the users’ needs. They also want to improve the safety against viruses that usually come from the apps installed on unknown websites. So, whenever you want to install apps from a website, just click the Windows Store badge and the installation window will pop up on your browser. You can install the app without leaving your browser.
The new Windows Store looks more responsive and simpler now. It provides awesome apps like Zoom, Visual Studio Code, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more to improve your productivity. Or, just finding entertainment apps like Disney+, Spotify, Netflix, and more.
Interestingly, you can also easily download Android apps and games to run on your computer.
10. More touch gestures to control apps
These Windows 11 updates also bring more touch gestures that help you switch the apps and desktop smoothly. You can use up to four fingers to control the apps through the touchpad. With these additional touch gestures, you probably no longer need an additional mouse.
Here are some controls that you can do with three and four-finger gestures on your touchpad.
- Swiping left/right – quickly switch to the last used app window.
- Swiping down – go back to the desktop (if you follow it with a swiping up, you can restore the app windows).
- Swiping up – open Task View to browse all app windows and desktops.
- Swiping left/right – switch to the previous/next desktop.
- Swiping up/down – (same with three-finger ones).
11. Type faster by speaking your words
Tired of typing your words? Why don’t you say them and let Windows 11 types your words for you?
Voice typing launcher is an underrated app that many people ignore. In fact, this is a good app that can help you finish your writing faster.
Knowing this fact, Windows 11 brings updates to the voice typing launcher.
The voice typing launcher now is getting better at recognizing the words you say. It instantly types all words and sentences you speak with a little delay.
Press the Windows button + H to turn on this feature and you can place the mic everywhere you want on your screen.
Click the mic icon and you are ready to speak your words.
Windows 11 release date
When will Windows 11 come out? Microsoft has finally announced that Windows 11 will be available on October 5, 2021. It means Windows 11 will be released 15 days faster than the previous rumor that said it would be coming on October 20, 2021.
Well, it’s good news. The sooner, the better isn’t it?
On that day, everyone whose PC and laptop with eligible Windows 10 will receive the free Windows 11 updates. Also, the computers with Windows 11 installed will also be available in the market.
So, you can either wait for the Windows 11 update notification to pop up on your screen or purchase a new one.
Even though Windows 11 will officially roll out on October 5, there would be a case when you receive it later. Why? Microsoft will prioritize the newest compatible devices to receive the updates. Those devices will be offered the upgrade first. After that, it will roll out to the next eligible computers.
Is your PC compatible with Windows 11?
You might think that your PC is compatible with Windows 11 because currently you have Windows 10 running on your computer and it doesn’t have any problem at all.
You are not completely wrong. But, it’s not completely right either. So, before you upgrade your operating system from Windows 10 to Windows 11, please make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements.
Check on the table below to see the minimum requirements.
|Processor||1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores (64-bit)|
|HDD/SSD||64 GB or more|
|System firmware||UEFI, Secure Boot capable|
|Graphics card||DirectX 12|
|Display||720p (HD), at least 9-inch diagonal|
Or, you can also go to Settings > Windows Update > select Check for updates to see if Windows 11 is ready for your device.
Once, everything is set, you’re safe to upgrade to Windows 11.
You can also check the list of compatible laptops below. If your laptop is on the list, you will get the Windows 11 update once it’s released.
- Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55)
- Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G)
- Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363
- Asus Zenbook 14 UX425
- Alienware x15
- Alienware x17
- Dell XPS 13
- HP Spectre x360 14
- HP ENVY x360 15
- 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series
- Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series
- Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
- Galaxy Book Pro 360
- Surface Pro 7
- Surface Laptop 4
How to download Windows 11 on your PC
What you are going to download is the Windows 11 Inside Preview. Please be aware that it is not the final version and is designed for testing purposes only. There are big chances that you will encounter errors and bugs, and some features are not working properly. Check on this article to see the list of errors. Thus, we don’t recommend you install Windows 11 Insides Preview on your main PC.
After knowing that, do you still eager to download Windows 11 updates on your PC? If so, follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to sign up for the program.
- Click Register and Sign Up. If you are part of the Windows Insider community, just sign in to your account and choose Start flighting.
- Read the Privacy Statement and terms and click Submit.
- In the Insider settings, choose Dev Channel and click Confirm.
- Read the Microsoft Insider Privacy Statement and Agreement and choose Confirm.
- Click Restart Now to reboot your computer to the Insider Preview build.
- After booting, connect your PC to the internet.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
- The download progress will start immediately. Wait until it’s complete and you can install the update to try Windows 11 Insider Preview on your PC.
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