Is Windows 11 Worth The Upgrade?

After 7 long years, Microsoft has finally released the newest iteration of their Windows operating system, Windows 11. Every tech enthusiast out there has been excited to get their hands on something new and try the latest instalment of windows, but it may not be entirely what we were all hoping for. Windows 11 has been released to those who join the Microsoft insider program, which is easy to do, expect the full release in late 2021 to early 2022. For now, is it worth jumping the gun and going for the early upgrade?

Requirements

Like previous generations, Windows 11 has been built with accessibility in mind. Allowing the run-of-the-mill workstations and even tablets to make full use of Windows 11. The requirements of a 1GHZ CPU and only 4 GB of RAM should have windows working seamlessly on any computer released in the last 6 years. This is true for all but one aspect, the TPM 2.0 chip. TPM or Trusted Platform Module is a great addition to any computer’s security.

A TPM chip is a separate hardware processor which handles encryption/decryption keys and biometric data for Windows. Great in theory, but a lot of potentially still viable and powerful older hardware does not have support for the TPM chip. This one requirement alone has led to a fair amount of controversy surrounding Windows 11 as it rules out a lot of tech enthusiasts will older hardware.

Visual Changes

Windows 11 has come with a visual overall and a new clean aesthetic which allows the operating system to be used more easily on touch screen devices. While the change may be somewhat irrelevant on a normal computer, touch screen capable laptops and tablets should see a few quality of life improvements.

Firstly, and most noticeably is the start menu, now located in the centre of the task bar it is more reminiscent of macOS, this isn’t a bad thing either. It’s easy to get used to and more accessible for those on a touch screen platform, although it can be set back to its classic left location if you would like. Other than that, the visual changes seem a more streamlined and embellished of what we already know from Windows 10.

Improvements

Windows 11 is far from the biggest jump we have seen in an operating system. Microsoft did however add a few qualities of life improvements that a normal PC user may enjoy.

  • Multi-monitor – If you have used a Windows 10 laptop with an external monitor, you will likely already know about these issues. When plugging your laptop into an external monitor it could be a trick to get the sizing and scale just right. Windows 11 has massively improved that process into one seamless setup.
  • Multitasking – Windows 11 has adopted separate workspaces like that found in macOS or Linux. This should make it easier for those of us who work across several applications at the same time.
  • Windows store – Windows 11 has given us the ability to use Android apps through the Windows store. A marked improvement from what once was

Should You Upgrade?

As it stands, we have seen several bugs in Windows 11 pertaining to graphics card drivers and different hardware support. If you are a tech enthusiast who would like to try something new and are willing to accept any potential risks of unexpected bugs, Windows 11 will be a great change for you. If you are an average person who just wants to enjoy the online tragamonedas Chile offers and does not have time to figure out any potential software bugs and glitches, stick to Windows 10 until Windows 11 is on full rollout.

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