This story is sponsored by Microsoft.
The world’s most popular operating system (OS) gets a new version with the launch of Windows 11. There is a plethora of exciting new features in Windows 11 as well as plenty of reasons for you to upgrade. Especially when the upgrade is free and it brings you closer to what you love.
Here, we list out 11 points why Windows 11 is the OS for you.
1. New Beautiful Interface
Windows 11 sports a refreshed, beautiful design and clean interface. It now comes with a new Start menu, with translucent panels, which is now at the centre of the screen along with the Taskbar.
This is intentionally done so you can be in the centre of things, while the clean beautiful interface brings about a sense of calm for you to finish your tasks quickly.
Not to mention, Start – using the power of cloud and Microsoft 365 – will show you your recent files regardless of what device you are using, be it an Android or iOS device. You can have a peace of mind when you move between devices.
2. Snap Layouts and Snap Groups
Another major improvement in Windows 11 is the introduction of Snap Layouts and Snap Groups.
As its name implies, it allows you to neatly organise your screen windows in a snap. You just need to pull one window to the front, hover your mouse over the Maximise button to pull up the six ways you can organise the windows and select your desired one. This will maximise your productivity and optimise your screen space.
Once you create different Snap Layouts, Windows 11 will remember it and put them on the Taskbar as Snap Groups. As such, you can bring up your desired Snap Group in a jiffy.
3. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) the Latest Updates
Admit it, your friends are probably already on Windows 11. And you really do not want to be missing out on the best and latest Windows.
Not to mention, in this day and age of rampant ransomware and cyberattacks, having the latest Windows will protect you. Windows 11 is much more secure, as it requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support to ensure your PC is secure.
4. Android App Compatibility
If you are an Android smartphone user, you will be happy to know that Windows 11 will offer support for Android apps through the Amazon App in the very-near future.
Imagine recording a video and posting it on TikTok right from your PC. Or you can play your favourite Android games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang on your PC!
5. Better Multiple Desktops Support
You can also create different desktops for each part of your life – such as work, video conferencing and gaming – and customise each desktop, like its background, to your liking.
Not to mention, you can quickly transit from one desktop to another quickly without the hassle of multiple clicks. All you need to do is to scroll over Task View on the Taskbar to see your different desktops and choose the one you want to use.
If you are the kind who likes to keep yourself up to date with the latest news, football scores and your own schedule, Microsoft has added a new Widgets panel in Windows 11.
You can have all the important information such as to-do lists, upcoming appointments and weather, at your fingertips (literally) with just a click of the Widget icon on the Taskbar.
7. Microsoft Edge
The default web browser in Windows 11 is no longer Internet Explorer, in case you didn’t know. It is the browser that will give you the Edge.
Microsoft Edge has plenty of improvements, such as requiring less memory while providing better performance, compared to other browsers. In addition, its security and privacy settings are much easier to understand and use. No more pulling your hair over what this or that setting means.
8. Best PC Gaming Experience
If you are a gamer, you have to upgrade to Windows 11! It unlocks the full potential of your PC gaming rig with the latest gaming technologies, such as DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR.
DirectX 12 Ultimate allows the latest games to perform better with better graphics at higher frame rates, while DirectStorage loads games faster. Auto HDR makes for a vivid visual experience with a higher range of colours being displayed. Not to mention, Windows 11 will automatically apply Auto HDR to previously non-HDR games as long as this option is switched on.
And if you have Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, you can play the latest games such as Halo Infinite or Forza Horizon 5, along with over 100 superb PC games.
9. Integrated Chat from Microsoft Teams
Windows 11 lets you stay connected with your friends, colleagues and loved ones easily. It has Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated in the Taskbar.
You can instantly connect through text, voice, or video with all your contacts, regardless of the platform or device they are using. And if you are in a video conference with your clients or colleagues, Teams lets you instantly mute or unmute as well as present directly from the Taskbar. Everything is just easier with Windows 11.
10. Windows 11 is free! (sort of…)
If you have an existing PC running Windows 10 that can be upgraded to Windows 11, the upgrade is free! Download the PC Health Check app to check if your PC is up to the mark.
The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 is 1GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or larger storage, DirectX 12 or later-compatible graphics card, UEFI Secure Boot capable system firmware and its Trusted Platform Module (TPM) has to be version 2.0.
11. Excuse… sorry, I mean Reason to buy a new PC
If you need a good reason (or excuse) to get a new laptop or desktop gaming rig, Windows 11 is the perfect justification to get one now! Also, Windows 11 is optimised for touch and pen experiences especially when you get any Microsoft Surface device.
Plus, with the Chinese New Year coming up, it is the right time to reward yourself for a year of hard work.