Microsoft launched Windows 11 in October 2021. With its staggered rollout, many have wondered if they should upgrade their systems to Windows 11? Therefore, we thought we would share the pros and cons of Windows 11 and let you decide if the upgrade is worth it.
Before we get started and in order to run Windows 11, you will need to ensure that your PC meets the minimum hardware requirements.
Windows 11 Pros:
New Design Features
The most appealing aspect of Windows 11 is its new modernised design that is clean and consistent. The new interface improvements include a central icon taskbar. The start menu is now centered and displays apps in a grid format, rather than a list. Furthermore, the popup windows now feature rounded corners like macOS. Overall, one might say that Windows 11 is a blend of Windows 10 taskbar and macOS dock without the animations.
Within their design refresh, Windows 11 have also adopted enhanced features including widgets. Like i Pads, the widgets deliver a personalised feed for news, weather, traffic, sports, powered by AI for customisation.The Snap Layout feature is also convenient new feature and will appeal to those who love to multitask. It is a small feature that can remember your layouts for multiple displays.
Windows 10 will continue to receive security updates until October 2025 and as such, it continues to provide adequate security measures. Windows 11 has a strong focus on security. As such, it has implemented significant new security updates that offer even more protection to help protect hybrid work.
With today’s increased security threats, Microsoft is clearly focused in investing on improving the default security baseline for Windows, With built-in chip to the cloud protection and layers of security, Windows 11 helps organisations meet the new security challenges of the hybrid workplace, now and in the future.
Window 11 Cons
If you are a business and your priority is to use an Operating System free of problems, then we suggest staying with Windows 10. Windows 11 has had its fair share of bugs, as most new operating systems do. Even after months of roll outs, there are still notable instabilities that can be frustrating. The reality is that is will take a while for Windows 11 to enjoy the stability you experience with Windows 10.
As mentioned above, Windows 11 does require minimum hardware requirements. This includes a 64-bit processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot and TPM (trusted platform module) 2.0. If you have a CPU older than an eighth-gen Intel Core series, you may find you have an issue. Whilst there are ways to upgrade older systems to Windows 11 unofficially, it may lead to issues with functionality. Furthermore, you may lose access to Windows updates. Not something we recommend you do on your primary system.
Despite the new enhancements, Windows 11 does not feel that different from Windows 10. Infact, it still operates like Windows 10 and as such, it is familiar and easy to navigate. As a result, our recommendations to business now is to stay with Windows 10.
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