Beta is now available for Windows Insiders
Windows 11 was announced in June as Microsoft’s latest major operating system, following in the footsteps of Windows 10 we’ve had since 2015 — an eternity in computing terms.
From what we know so far, it will bring a brand new design, easier ways to manage your desktop windows, a revamped Start menu, interactive widgets, and better integration with Teams. You can use Android apps along with regular Windows software. It also promises to take gaming to “a whole new level” thanks to ramped up new graphics capabilities.
It’s no surprise that PC fans can’t wait to get their hands on the update.
Now another step has been taken towards a wider release. For the past month, only “highly technical users” who signed up for a Dev preview had access to the new system.
Now Microsoft has opened a “beta” version to anyone who is a member of the Windows Insider Program. It shows that the company thinks Windows 11 is ready for wider testing and use, pending its full release later this year.
This version seems to be a big improvement over the Dev preview. A Windows Insider tweeted about the new release: “It’s solid. It’s exactly what I thought the Beta build would be. There’s no explorer crashing into this one like the last one.” Another, using a Dell tablet, said his first impressions were “Very nice indeed!”.
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Windows 11 gets a brand new design
One thing to watch out for: Windows has confirmed that the minimum system requirements for using its new operating system have been changed so that it can “move forward and take better advantage of the latest innovations”. This means that if you are using an older computer, you may not be able to upgrade.
Microsoft has confirmed that you will need a minimum of 1 GHz or fast 64-bit processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB or more of storage, a 720p HD display, and a DirectX 12-compatible graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
Can’t wait to get your hands on the new features? You can join the beta program to try out Windows 11, but be warned: Microsoft says the software is still in its testing phase and has “rough edges.” Beta testers are likely to experience many bugs, crashes, and missing features.
The full release date is still unknown, but many believe it will be October due to clues hidden deep in the code. Plus, the last two major upgrades to Windows 10 came in the spring and fall.
Once it’s out, all compatible Windows 10 devices will get a free upgrade.
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