Microsoft if getting a new look

The time has come – Microsoft is finally launching a new operating system, Windows 11. Earlier this month, some of the details about the new operating system was leaked online and now everyone is buzzing with anticipation.

What to expect:

Here is what we know about what is coming and what this means for your business.

  • Release Date
    Most importantly, you should know when this will be available to your team. As of right now, there is no official release date, but all signs are pointing to a late 2021 through 2022 roll out period. Once the new operating system is made available, you will be able to roll out the new version. Please note that you will want to coordinate this upgrade with your IT team.
  • New look and design
    The look and feel of the new system is what people were talking about the most when the leaks were made public. Certain things we have all become accustomed to seeing and hearing are getting tweaked in the new Windows 11. This appears to be a large part of the changes they have made. Over the last year, with many people working from home, their workspace has changed. Microsoft is introducing new updates that should allow people working from home to redevelop their laptops to match their new work-style.

    • New start up sound
      The classic start up sound that we have all come to know and love will not be included in the windows 11 update. You can hear the new sound here.
    • New start menu
      The start menu has changed in previous versions of the Microsoft operating system, and it will see another change in the newest release. Currently, people are fully expecting that the new start menu is a simplified version of the one you currently see on Windows 10. It will allow you to pin apps, access recent files, and quickly shut down or restart Windows 11 devices.
    • Widgets are back!
      In previous versions of the operating system there were widgets. These were removed in Windows 10 but will reappear according to early reports and Microsoft’s site. These allow people to organize their desktop screens and allow people to more easily access the tools they regularly use.
  • Security Built-In
    In the latest version of Microsoft’s operating systems, they are including a built-in anti-virus tool. This anti-virus software they have included can be used actively, passively, or disabled depending on your organization’s current anti-virus protocol. This means if you already have software you prefer, you can still run it.

    This inclusion of ant-virus software is essential to users that fail to protect their devices because of the increase in ransomware attacks in the past few years.

  • What does this mean for your business?
    The Windows 11 release will only affect your business as you begin to roll it out. You can stay on the Windows 10 version for some time before it becomes truly outdated, but you should consider rolling it out as you update your technology devices. We recommend this because there are certain specifications your device must meet in order to run Windows 11. Those specifications are below.