Do I Need to Upgrade to Windows 11?

First off, what is Windows 11?

Windows 11 is Microsoft’s next generation operating system. Although Microsoft originally stated that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows, they obviously no longer feel that way. The pandemic has obviously had a major impact on today’s workforce and therefore they felt an updated operating system was needed to address the new “hybrid” work model that many companies are moving to.

When was Windows 11 released?

Windows 11 was generally released on October 5th 2021 and there are probably a lot of users wondering if they should or need to upgrade from Windows 10. Some users might have already upgraded to Windows 11 and some might not be ready yet.

Can I still use Windows 10?

As mentioned in the link below, Windows 10 computers (with Home or Pro Editions) will have support until October 14th, 2025. So, if your existing computer works fine and you don’t want to upgrade, you don’t have to.  

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro 

Should I upgrade to Windows 11?

Now to answer the original question, should you upgrade to Windows 11? If you are comfortable with using Windows 10 and don’t want to upgrade, feel free to continue doing so as support will continue until 2025. If your current system meets the necessary requirements for Windows 11, you will be given the option to upgrade to Windows 11. Older computers might not meet the requirements for the upgrade and therefore will need to remain on Windows 10. If you want to start getting acclimated to Windows 11, then it might be a good idea to upgrade and begin learning how to use it. If you need a new computer, most new laptops and desktops will start to come with Windows 11 pre-installed already so that is also an option.  

I have started to evaluate Windows 11 and while I overall really like it, it does seem to have a small learning curve. My initial thought is that Microsoft tried to make the Windows 11 interface easier for end users by hiding a lot of settings that normal users don’t seem to use. Most of the advanced settings are tucked into the Settings app which has helped make it much more simplistic. As someone who has been using Windows 10 from the beginning, it will take a bit of rewiring my brain to find out where everything is. Basic users will probably find it to be a pleasant user experience while more advanced users might need to adapt slightly. I also want to note, Windows 10 took some time to really become a more polished operating system. I suspect Windows 11 to be the same. Upcoming Windows 11 feature updates should continue to bring enhancements based on customer and community feedback. 

I am excited for the continued development of Windows 11 and will try to provide more information on upcoming features that will be released.  

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