As we mentioned in a blog a few days ago, Microsoft’s surprise announcement of a new version of the iconic Windows operating system has delighted PC users around the world. Windows 11 will be available to consumers later this year, with support for Windows 10 set to end at some point during 2025.
Currently there are approximately 1.3 billion devices across the globe which are running Windows 10, and awaiting Microsoft’s free update. However, some of those devices do not have the correct specifications to run Windows 11. The new version of Windows will require a minimum of 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Most devices which are available for purchase currently will be upgradeable to Windows 11.
Microsoft had previously announced that Windows 10 would be the final version. But the company’s dedication to innovation means that they constantly strive to develop the best end-user experience possible – and the result, on this particular occasion, is a significant upgrade to their famous operating system.
Though the exact final specifications have yet to be completely revealed by Microsoft, you can read more about Windows 11 at Ebuyer here, and there is enough detail available from the company to be able to delve into what we can expect from Windows 11. So let’s do that in this blog…
Windows 11: Built for business
Designed for a world somewhat redefined by the pandemic and in which ‘hybrid working’ is set to become the new norm, Microsoft’s streamlined operating system will reduce ‘cognitive overload’ of the workforce and ensure focus and productivity remain high. Described by the tech giant as an “OS built for business”, Windows 11 carries a refreshed look and enhanced features for workstyle flexibility, which promise to make the professional experience much better.
Generally, the features of Windows 11 are geared towards making working days more productive, collaborative, consistent and secure. But what are those features?
The ‘cleaner’ way Windows 11 looks and works offer a simple and powerful user experience which will improve employee focus. For instance, web browser Microsoft Edge is specifically designed to be the fastest on Windows 11, and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft 365 apps.
It’s also possible to work more naturally using pen, voice and touch (though other hardware is required). Power Automate will allow users to automate workflows right from the desktop – though, again, this feature is an additional purchase.
Windows 11 will provide a smarter way to collaborate, with Microsoft Teams integration. Teams has provided a fantastic solution for businesses during the pandemic, and many companies have come to rely on this communication and collaboration platform for daily smooth running. The app has now been improved and in its Windows 11 iteration it’s more powerful and even more user-friendly.
In Windows 11, it’s possible to enjoy much more effective meetings on Teams because there is the facility to share content direct from the taskbar. It’s also possible to use mute / umute so all attendees’ voices are heard, and ‘keep the background in the background’ with intelligent noise-cancelling and blur.
An important factor in any upgrade or update to an operating system is continuity. Will your apps still work within a new OS? Windows 11 is based on the same foundations as Windows 10, and with familiar deployment and update tools and processes (like Windows Update For Business), getting to the new Windows should be relatively smooth.
Windows 11 offers the opportunity to migrate with confidence, with Windows 10 applications still set to work, backed by the App Assure compatibility promise. App Assure is a service designed by the Microsoft FastTrack team which tackles any compatibility issues that business customers might encounter when migrating or upgrading to Windows 11.
As ever, the security of devices, and the work contained on them or accessed by them, is of high priority. Windows 11 has powerful built-in features to take care of this important area. These include hardware-based isolation, encryption, and malware protection. It’s possible to apply password-less security options with enhanced Windows Hello for Business.
Zero Trust is the idea that devices should not automatically trust anything inside or outside of the parent company or organisation’s perimeters and must verify anything and everything trying to connect to its systems. Multi-factor authentication to protect corporate identity and data is also catered for by Windows 11.
Why upgrade, and how do I?
Windows 11 is built on the same Windows 10 operating system foundation. Moving across will be as simple as taking an update.
As we mentioned earlier, the current market operating system Windows 10 will no longer be supported as of October 2025. Upgrading to Windows 11 when it is possible will mean better performance consistency and a smoother user experience. The new Microsoft operating system has not yet been rolled out, though it is due within just a few months – so how will you get it?
Once that free upgrade is available, it will be possible to implement the ‘managed upgrade’ of an existing device in the same way that a Windows 10 update deploys. Or an ‘unmanaged upgrade’ which means that when the upgrade to Windows 11 is ready for your device, Microsoft will let you know through Windows Update.
Of course, the purchase of a new device when Windows 11 is already generally available will mean that in most cases the operating system is already installed.
Keep up to date with news and developments surrounding Windows 11 by regularly checking back to our blog here at Ebuyer. We offer a wide range of Windows-installed or Windows-ready devices – and Windows software – which you can check out at our website.