5 Biggest Questions About Windows 11 Answered

Microsoft’s latest operating system is starting to take the world by storm. But before jumping ship and upgrading to the new OS, better read this first.

It’s finally here. 

After six years, Microsoft has just released the latest version of its operating system — Windows 11.

At a time when computers and technology play a more central role in human lives, tech companies are scrambling to deliver the best user experience possible to capture the ever-expanding market.

Microsoft’s answer to the growing demand for better technology for home and business use is Windows 11.

Microsoft dubs their latest operating system as the “Windows that brings you closer to what you love.” But are they actually able to achieve that?

I know you have a lot more burning questions about this latest OS from Microsoft. So without further ado, let’s jump right into answering the five biggest questions you may have about Windows 11.

THE FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WINDOWS 11

QUESTION #1 – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINDOWS 10 AND 11?

Windows 11 gets a significant boost in performance, functionality, and style compared to Windows 10. Here’s a small rundown of the critical upgrades Microsoft made for its latest OS:

  • Windows gets a makeover: If you’ve used Apple before, you might see the similarities between the design of the macOS and the latest Windows model. Windows now also sport tightly rounded corners and the taskbar icons are permanently centered. But at least the ever-handy Start button is here to stay.
  • Streamlined Productivity Functions: There are many small but significant upgrades that Microsoft did for Windows 11. For one, your PC will now remember the last layout of your choice when docking. Each of your virtual desktops can also have a different background. Also, widgets are back like never before. And Windows 11 features a Snap Layout function that lets users choose from a variety of layout options at the click of a button.
  • New and Improved Teams: With hybrid work becoming the new normal around the world. Teams entered the spotlight. Because of this, Microsoft made sure to include reasonable upgrades to the application. For example, Teams is now integrated into the operating system, making it easier to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues. 
  • Better Gaming Experience: Microsoft made sure to think about not just business people and workers when designing the new Windows 11. Gamers will love the fact that playing games on Windows is made even better, with Xbox Game pass and Cloud gaming supported on the Xbox app in Windows 11.
  • Android Apps on Your PC: Aside from offering better compatibility with the Xbox, Microsoft has successfully integrated Android apps on your PC using Windows 11. But here’s the catch: We’re not yet sure if these Android apps would work optimally on PC.

QUESTION #2 – DO I NEED TO MAKE HARDWARE CHANGES TO SWITCH TO WINDOWS 11?

It depends. Here’s an essential checklist of what you need to have to run Windows 11 smoothly:

  • At least a 1GHZ dual-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • At least 64 GB of storage
  • A graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver
  • 720p display, at least 9” diagonal size, with 8 bits per colour channel
  • TPM version 2.0
  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable firmware

If your PC or laptop covers or does more than what’s listed above, then you can safely upgrade to Windows 11, worry-free. 

On the other hand, you might have to make some hardware upgrades or buy a new device altogether if your current one does not meet the minimum requirements.

QUESTION #3 – IS THE MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE AVAILABLE ON WINDOWS 11?

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No. You have to pay for a Microsoft Office subscription first. 

But if you have an existing subscription to Microsoft 365, then you’re all set. You just need to install the Office suite after upgrading to Windows 11.

Note that support for older versions of Office (2010 and below) has been discontinued since last year. So if you’re still using that, I suggest you make necessary changes to avoid making yourself vulnerable to security risks.

QUESTION #4 – HOW CAN I SWITCH FROM WINDOWS 10 TO  11?

If you’re looking to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11, you have nothing to worry about. 

You just need to go to the Windows Update section of your Settings and click “Check for Updates.” Windows 11 will just be there available in the upgrade section. 

Click the “Download and Install” button, and that’s it.

QUESTION #5 – DO I REALLY NEED TO SWITCH TO WINDOWS 11?

No. If your computer is not compatible or can’t run Windows 11, you don’t have to upgrade.

On the other hand, if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 but you find the upgrades unnecessary for your current workflow, there’s nothing wrong with staying with Windows 10.

Even Microsoft said that Windows 10 is still the right choice for those who aren’t ready to transition to a new operating system. In fact, they made sure of this by scheduling an update for Windows 10 later this year. At the same time, the company will continue supporting Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.

This gives you about four years to think about upgrading to Windows 11 or switching operating systems altogether.

TECHNOLOGY THAT WORKS FOR YOU

The new era of Windows has finally arrived. 

Microsoft made it a point to make their latest OS worth it for old and new Windows users. And with these new updates, it is clear that the company has made an effort to find out its users’ pain points and address them.

But despite these new features, you have to understand one thing:

Technology is just a tool used to increase our everyday productivity and efficiency. 

That means you don’t need to jump ship to Windows 11 if you’re not ready to do so outright. Technology is only as effective as how much you use it. So if you’re already a master of Windows 10 and it makes you 100% productive, then change is unnecessary.

Now, suppose you’re seriously thinking about making the switch to Windows 11. But you want to know more about its hardware compatibility and security updates. In that case, you need an IT service provider that’s willing to talk you through it. 

If you need any help in fully understanding the pros and cons of switching (or not changing) to Windows 11, schedule a 15-minute, no-obligation conversation with our team today.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.

Seven Ways to Maximize Cloud Solutions for Your Small Business

Cloud computing has been front and centre of the global shift to remote working. Find out how you can maximize this technology for your small business.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic rendered many business practices obsolete.

Face-to-face brainstorming sessions… 

Team building activities… 

Even the entire concept of the office… 

But the global crisis also accelerated the adoption of certain technologies that might be worth holding on to even as the world recovers.

This includes cloud computing.

From remote collaboration to virtual classes, cloud-powered applications are creating some semblance of normalcy through these tough times.

The cloud used to be such an obscure concept. After all, it was difficult to imagine an intangible, centralised location on the internet that stores data and hosts business processes. 

But recent years have proved the numerous benefits of ‘moving your business to the cloud.’

THE CASE FOR CLOUD IN SMALL BUSINESSES

Nowadays, almost all big corporations and multinational companies transact their business processes over the cloud. 

Well, moving to the cloud does make perfect sense for large firms with seemingly unlimited budgets.

But what about small businesses?

Is the cost of moving worth it?

Is it time for you to do it?

In this article, we’ll give you seven ways you can use cloud solutions in your small business. After which, you will get a clearer picture of why you should at least consider moving some of your business processes to the cloud.

THE SEVEN WAYS YOU CAN USE CLOUD SOLUTIONS

WAY #1: REMOTE COLLABORATION

By its very nature, cloud connectivity allows you and your team to collaborate in real-time from anywhere in the world—so long as you all have internet access.

Services like those offered by Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, and Google Drive, among others, can allow you and your staff greater flexibility to work from anywhere. 

With remote collaboration, you don’t have to worry about being too tethered to your office or headquarters.

#2: BUSINESS CONTINUITY

Ever had a laptop crash on you while you’re working on something important?

Or had a hard drive suddenly become unreadable when you desperately need the files in it?

And when you try to recover the data you need, you are told those are gone forever?

Moving your data to the cloud can help prevent such headaches.

One of the central features of most cloud-based apps is automatic backup and recovery options. So, even if your team experiences a power outage or hardware malfunctions while working on something important, all it takes to recover their hard work is a click or two.

WAY #3: STORAGE

One of the more widespread applications of the cloud is file storage services. 

Even if your business is not tech-heavy, you surely have a need for significant file storage capacity. In fact, it’s no longer advisable—if it ever was—to keep your inventory logs, client information databases, and even employee information on physical, on-site archives. 

Storing everything on the cloud will also allow you access to all these documents anywhere you are. And if security is your concern, know that as the owner and administrator of your small business’s cloud, you can also have full control over who gets to access these files.

If you want to run a more sustainable business, moving all your files to the cloud can also empower your operations to go fully paperless.

WAY #4: DATA SECURITY


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We understand that data security is one of the biggest reasons why small business owners have been cautious about exploring the cloud.

That may have been a valid and pressing concern when the cloud was still in incubation, but the industry has made great leaps since then.

While you would still need to play your part in securing sensitive data, most cloud service providers have now equipped their products with extra security measures. One example is the decentralization of data through blockchain technology. This makes the information stored on the cloud much harder for hackers to crack.

WAY #5: SCALABLE GROWTH PLANNING

A common misconception surrounding cloud services is that it requires a considerable upfront investment. But in reality, cloud solutions are very much scalable.

What does this mean?

It means you can always pay for the services and access level you need for now. For example, you can start with paying for the smallest storage capacity and just move some of your files to the cloud. Eventually, you can increase your usage as your business grows.

Since the cloud is also self-managed by the providers, you may be able to eliminate the need for an in-house IT staff to manage your data and tech needs.

As you scale your business, your cloud services can simply scale with it.

WAY #6: CLOUD-BASED EMAIL

Are you still hosting your company’s email client on your own servers?

Or perhaps you haven’t gotten around to creating personalized or individualized email addresses for your staff?

This is another area where you can maximize cloud services.

By moving your email hosting to a cloud-powered solution, you won’t have to manage or invest in servers to run your business email. The cloud service provider will now be responsible for that.

On top of it all, cloud-hosted email is usually more affordable than on-site servers.

WAY #7: E-COMMERCE

While the pandemic may not have rendered brick and mortar stores completely obsolete, it has definitely increased your customers’ reliance on online shopping.

If you are running an online store or are thinking of moving your physical store online, cloud-based e-commerce platforms are definitely the way to go.

Platforms like Shopify have simply been unparalleled, both in ease of use and cost, that doing away with an in-house store management solution is now a no-brainer.

Cloud-based e-commerce platforms are also a breeze to scale without the costly investment in the necessary hardware.

MOVE YOUR BUSINESS INTO THE CLOUD

Now that you know how helpful cloud solutions can be for your small business, we’ll leave it to you to decide when it’s the right time to take the leap.

In any case, we’re here if you need more information on cloud solutions or if you require assistance in moving your business operations to the cloud.

Just schedule a 15-minute, no-obligation conversation with our team today to get started.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.