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Windows 11: what you need to know

Windows 11: what you need to know

After months of teasing, hints of the number 11, and a giant leak of Windows 11

, it’s done, Windows 11 has been officially presented. As we already guessed, we are not looking at a new operating system but an evolution of Windows 10. So we offer you a small summary of the key elements of this future Windows 11. Windows 11

An update, certainly denser but an update nevertheless.

  • “Since Windows 11 is built on the same foundation as Windows 10, you can use the same deployment capabilities, scenarios and tools, as well as the same basic deployment strategy you use today for Windows 10.”
  • Most devices purchased in the last 18 to 24 months should be compatible with Windows 11. But be warned, the minimum system requirements have changed significantly from Windows 10.
  • Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 devices. This update will probably be released in the fall.

System requirements for Windows 11

Here are the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. This evolution of Windows will be the first one designed only for 64 bits devices.

  • Processor: 64-bit dual-core (or higher)
  • 1Ghz or faster
  • 64GB or more drive ( instead of 32GB for Windows 10)
  • 4 GB of RAM or more
  • System firmware: UEFI, secure boot compatible
  • Secure Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • 9-inch or larger monitor, 8 bits per color channel
  • High definition (720p)
  • DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x compatible graphics
  • Internet connectivity
  • A Microsoft account will be required to complete the configuration for the first use

Compatibility checker Finally, if you really want to know if your PC is capable of running Windows 11, Microsoft has set up a tool that will give you a clear and definitive opinion: you can download it here. Outil de vérification compatibilité This tool not only checks the minimum hardware requirements, but also the software for any potential compatibility issues.

The Trusted Platform Module

or TPM, the requirement that gets people talking There have been quite a few contradictions and misinterpretations. The TPM chip is a security control that must be enabled for the latest version of Windows 11. Microsoft recommends TPM 2.0 for systems running Windows 11, but systems running TPM 1.2 will also be supported. The TPM 2.0 module is present on all motherboards less than 5 years old. This module provides additional hardware security with physical secure encryption to prevent tampering. If your computer is not recent, it may not need to be scrapped since PCs running TPM 1.2 will also be supported.

What will Windows 11 bring?

There has been a lot of talk about its new interface, the positioning of the start menu etc, etc. But beyond the aesthetics, this new Windows offers a lot of new features.

  • Run Android applications on Windows.

Microsoft has introduced TikTok and other Android apps that will run alongside Windows apps on Windows 11, and the company plans to share more information about them “in the coming months”. That’s certainly another reason to be curious. This will be done through the redesigned Microsoft Store. It will support a host of applications that were not generally available in the Windows App Store. This includes Adobe Creative Suite apps and therefore Android apps, including TikTok and Instagram. Windows 11 android app

  • A Windows really optimized for gaming.

Microsoft wants Windows 11 to be “the best Windows ever designed for games”. The integration of features such as AutoHDR (a feature already active on the Xbox) and the fact that the Xbox application will be preinstalled with the new Windows set the trend. But it’s definitely the Windows 11 exclusive integration of the DirectStorage API that is causing a lot of anticipation. We have already talked about this API, which is already used by the Xbox Velocity architecture. Windows 11 autoHDR To be functional, the DirectStorage API will require 1TB or more of NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the “Standard NVM Express Controller” driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate compatible GPU. We’ve already discussed the value of this API here. It is clearly a crucial component for improving input/output operations in games. This will help reduce CPU overhead and ultimately free up the I/O potential of the hardware, resulting in faster load times and a better overall experience. Xbox Game Pass is also integrated into Windows 11, thanks to a new Xbox app that the company has been testing for months. This includes xCloud integrated into that Xbox app as well.

Microsoft loves devs…and proves it

Finally, the Microsoft store promises to favor developers by applying a particularly favorable commission level. In addition to a considerable opening in terms of technology, Microsoft is opening its arms wide to developers by being particularly attractive in terms of business. This new deal will allow them to choose between using the company’s “commerce engine” with a revenue split of 85/15 percent for apps and 88/12 percent for games, or using their own payment system without revenue sharing. This means that companies like Epic that have been reluctant to bring their games to the Microsoft Store no longer have a reason. A sort of thumb in the eye to the current hassles with Apple. https://youtu.be/Uh9643c2P6k Of course, there are other elements to mention but first we wanted to give you a summary of the important elements of this future version that should be here this fall.

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