At its big event last June, Microsoft officially presented its new operating system, Windows 11, with a completely new look.

The new system is still under experimentation and discovery to see what changes it contains, other than the updated interface design, where the start menu appears in the middle.

There is still some confusion regarding the system requirements to be able to download it to your computer, mainly due to a component called the Secure System Module (TPM) which defines the features that must be available in the hardware to run the new system, but It looks like Microsoft is looking into this.

And while we wait for more confirmation from the company, here's everything we know about the release date and new features of Windows 11.

Release Date

Microsoft says Windows 11 will be released during the holiday season, likely between late November and Christmas.

But Microsoft seems to be hinting at an October launch, as there are countless screenshots the company is releasing and dated October 20.

There will also be an annual update for the new operating system, similar to what Apple is doing with macOS.

Is your device can run Windows 11?

Microsoft has released a tool that allows you to check if your desktop or laptop computer will be able to run "Windows 11", but experience has proven that the tool is outdated and ineffective, giving false results for devices that will not have a problem running the update.

However, another tool has been released that gives you more clear details of your PC's eligibility.

How to download the current trial version?

Microsoft has updated the beta version of Windows Insiders, the beta tool for downloading the system, and we have a handy guide on how to download it.

But before you do that, the best point to start is to make sure that your computer is enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Program first, as long as it meets the requirements.

We recommend that you only run the trial version on a computer that is not your main device, as there are a lot of small issues right now.

Computer manufacturers like Lenovo have released some guidelines for other users with Windows 7 and above devices that may have a chance to upgrade for free, but with a caveat.

There is also an option to downgrade to an older version of Windows 10 if you're having problems with Windows 11.

This is available in current Insider versions, but you can only do this within 10 days of upgrading your device.

Windows 11 is likely to be released sometime between late November and Christmas (Microsoft)

Minimum Specifications

There has been a lot of discussion about which devices are eligible to download Windows 11.

Regardless of TPM requirements, some are wondering if they need to upgrade their PC or laptop soon.

Microsoft has currently posted update requirements, but they are subject to change as we get closer to release.

The processor must be 1 GHz or faster with at least two cores, and the processor must be compatible with a “64-bit” or “SoC” system (SoC), and the RAM must not be less than 4 GB, and the external storage capacity must be 64 GB, and it must contain The device is on UEFI and Secure Boot capable firmware.

The secure system unit, or what is known for its acronym "TPM", must be updated to version 2.0, and the graphics card must be "DirectX 12" or later with the "WDDM 2.0" driver (WDDM 2.0). Display resolution: 720 pixels, 8 bits per color channel, at least 9 inches diagonally.

Downloading "Windows 11" requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account, to complete the initial "first use of the operating system" setup.

The price of the update to "Windows 11"

Windows 11 will be a free update for existing Windows users, you'll need to be connected to the Internet to download, install, and activate major versions, and you'll need to have a Microsoft account when installing or upgrading your PC or tablet.

Microsoft has so far released hardware requirements for Windows 11, but there is confusion about the secure system unit, and whether the company is pushing hard on the minimum to force upgrade-eligible devices to migrate to the new version.

Windows 11 will be freely available to existing Windows users (Microsoft)

Windows 11 features

There are improvements across the board in Windows 11, with Microsoft promising that updates will be 40% smaller, and describing this version as "the safest yet".

The taskbar has been improved for touch peripherals in addition to the mouse, and has now been renamed Dock.

New multitasking features are also available thanks to a feature called Snap Layouts that lets you arrange multiple windows across the screen, not just side by side, but in columns, sections, and more.

Another feature is Snap groups where you can go back to previously opened programs, for example you can go to the email app, Edge browser windows or anything else without having to re-view them again.

There's also improved multi-monitor support, so when you reconnect an external monitor, Windows 11 remembers the previous positions of windows that were on that screen.

The Teams app is also integrated into the main suite, so you can easily join family meetings and calls.

The WPA, EWP and Win32 apps are all now in the Microsoft Store.Android apps are also ready for Windows 11 so you can download Apps like TikTok and more, ready to use on your computer or tablet.

Windows Widgets are back in Windows 11 (Microsoft)

Windows 11..a new look

One of the biggest changes users will notice is that the Start menu has been moved to the center of the screen, and is now "cloud-powered" so it changes dynamically depending on the time of day and the content you're working with.

The system comes in "Light Mode" and "Dark Mode" with rounded corners and a unified design across the operating system, with colorful backgrounds to choose from as well.

There are also some windows that look like Windows Vista stickers that show you little information.

Windows Widgets have also returned to Windows 11 and can be accessed via the Groups feature, with Microsoft promoting dynamic features that work with artificial intelligence and enable user interface elements, as is the case with the Start menu to change depending on The apps you use and the time of day you use them.

The focus on gaming will be much greater in Windows 11 (Microsoft)

Playing on Windows 11

The focus on gaming will be much greater in Windows 11 as the slow and frustrating Windows 10 Xbox app has been replaced with a new Game Pass where you can buy, manage and remove games, making it easier for you to play games. It makes it easy for you to access and download games.

HDR (HDR) will also be supported on compatible devices, providing improved brightness and contrast for gaming and media viewing.

Direct Storage will also be available here, where key game assets can be downloaded and installed, allowing you to play your games faster than before.

Touch improvements

Tablet mode has been one of Windows' weakest points since version 8, and the new tablet features that Microsoft showed off for its "Windows 11" operating system may be key to the operating system's revolution, especially with future Surface products.

Microsoft promoted the new operating system with better touch features, easier ways to move windows and better rotation improvements, for example in how to rearrange windows, so you don't lose track of the apps you've been using.

Gestures used with the Surface trackpad also appear on the touchscreen, which brings some familiarity here.

The touch keyboard has also been redesigned, using a smaller keyboard to fit only the thumb, with emoji ready to use.

Microsoft says dictation will also be improved, along with voice commands, with "delete that" options and more.

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