Microsoft released the Windows 11 operating system (OS) over a year ago. It was well-received mainly as stable and user-friendly. The OS is not a significant departure from the Windows 10 experience. But it does offer a lot of enhancements over the older environment.
Yet with several improvements and a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, it still lags in adoption. As of November 2022, Windows 10 still owns the lion’s share of Windows PCs. It has a 69.75% usage share compared to 16.13% for Windows 11.
People are slowly upgrading to the newer OS. But it’s natural for some to take a wait-and-see stance. They want to make sure it’s worth the time to upgrade. Additionally, no one wants to have to relearn their computer desktop.
The good news is that Windows 11 has a similar workspace feel to its predecessor. But it packs a lot of great productivity and security benefits that Windows 10 lacks.
Here are some of the most incredible features of this current Windows OS. After taking a look, you may choose to go ahead and take the plunge into the Windows 11 universe.
Most people are working with more than one app open at a time. It’s not unusual to need to reference two different windows while doing side-by-side work. Switching back and forth between apps can be tedious. It’s also time-consuming.
Approximately 68% of app users say switching between apps costs them at least 30 minutes daily. Trying to size two windows next to each other can also be frustrating. You lose the scroll bar or can’t get to the menu items unless you resize.
Enter snap layouts. This nifty feature in Windows 11 solves the multi-app problem. Hover over the maximise icon at the top of any window to access a snap layout.
Choose the area you want for the active app; it will snap into place and allow you to choose apps for the other slots.
Need to find a document, website, image, or app quickly? Use the Windows 11 master search. Just click the search icon on your desktop. You’ll get a search bar to populate results from the entered keyword.
As an added touch, Microsoft populates fun topics into the search bar daily. Learn more about James Webb Space Telescope, Coffee Day, or other fun subjects.
Once you enter your keyword, you can further refine your search. Refine it according to the type of search result you want. (apps, documents, web, etc.).
In the latest Windows 11 update, Microsoft gifted users with a free video editor. The new Clipchamp app makes it easy to edit videos. You don’t need to download any extra software.
Clipchamp has features you’d expect to pay for, including templates, effects, video resizing, green screen, and more.
Video calls have become the norm since the pandemic. But not all video software is easy to use. Most of us have had to wait on someone late to a call because they were struggling with the app.
Windows 11 comes with Microsoft Teams preinstalled, which gives a simple click-to-call experience. You can easily invite someone to a video or audio call; they don’t need a Microsoft account to connect with you.
Another great feature of the Teams app in this OS is that you can use it for SMS messaging. Instead of dragging out your phone, text someone from your desktop.
Windows 11 has some great accessibility features designed to help ensure everyone can use their computer as they want. Those with disabilities can enjoy these features, and those who like the extra flexibility they offer.
Four of the newest accessibility features in the OS include:
Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t yet. Primarily because of a feature called “collections.”
You’ll love this Edge capability if your bookmarked favourites are becoming messy. You’ll get the collections panel if you click the “plus” icon at the top of an Edge browser window. Add a collection subject and click to add webpages.
You can see a preview of what you’ve added; everything is neatly organised. Collections are easy to access and delete when you’re finished with them.
Phishing remains the most significant online security threat, used to enable many forms of cyberattacks, from ransomware to credential theft. A considerable number of phishing messages send users to malicious websites. You often don’t know until it’s too late that you’ve landed on a malware-laden site.
Windows 11 includes Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. This app helps protect you from those dangerous phishing sites. In real time, the app checks URLs against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites. It will warn you if a site is potentially dangerous.
It can be intimidating to upgrade your system’s operating system. Why not get an IT Support in London pro to help? Give us a call today to schedule a chat about a Windows upgrade.
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