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Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: Major Differences You’ll Want to Know

Story Highlights
  • Windows 10 vs Windows 11
  • Start menu in the center
  • Installing Android apps is very easy
  • Productivity enhancements
  • Group applications by desktops
  • Microsoft Teams natively available
  • Widgets are back
  • Redesign of icons and typography
  • More compatibility with touch screens
  • Internet Explorer disappears
  • Update cycle
  • If you can't update, no problem

With the release of Windows 11, comparisons with its predecessor Windows 10 are inevitable. When Microsoft announced Windows 10, it stated that they would not launch new Windows numbers, however, we see that in the end, this has not been the case, but everything has a very simple explanation.

Windows 11 includes a large number of security features (such as the TPM 2.0 chip requirement), features intended to help make computers even more secure from cyber attacks such as ransomware. But which one is better? Windows 10 or Windows 11?

The differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 are more inside than outside. In other words, visually you will see very few changes, but not inside, where a large number of functions have been added not only to optimize the performance of the equipment but also to protect it even more.

It is increasingly common to see news related to ransomware attacks, attacks that encrypt all content in exchange for a ransom. Thanks to the TPM chip that Microsoft had not taken advantage of until now, this type of attack has its days numbered.

Start menu in the centre

The most important visually striking novelty is found in the design. Since Windows 3.11, Microsoft always offered us the start button at the bottom left of the taskbar.

Windows 11 vs. Windows 10

With Windows 11, the start button, like all the applications that we place on the taskbar, is located in the centre.

Microsoft, however, has found that on a 16:9 monitor (the most common), placing the start menu in the centre is much more comfortable for the user, since he does not have to turn his head to interact with it.

With 4:3 monitors, it made perfect sense to put the home button on the left of the taskbar because of the screen ratio, but not today. This change could have come with Windows 10 or even Windows 7.

Installing Android apps is very easy

Windows 10 has always allowed installing Android apps using third-party apps like Bluestacks, to name the most widely used Android emulator. However, with Windows 11 you will no longer need to install an emulator to install any Android app.

Installing Android apps is very easy

Windows 11 offers us the possibility of installing applications from the Amazon AppStore and running them as if they were native applications. But in addition, it also allows us to install any application for which we have the .apk.

When Microsoft dropped out of the race to become an alternative to iOS and Android, it devoted all of its resources to launching apps from its services and apps for mobile devices.

In addition, it has also launched different applications to be able to manage the smartphone from our PC (Your Phone application), without having to interact with it at any time, very similar to the integration that we find between iOS and macOS, but on Android.

Productivity improvements

With Windows 10, opening two applications and distributing them on the screen in equal parts is a piece of cake, since we only have to drag each of the applications to the side of the screen where we want it to be displayed.

In Windows 11, this functionality is increased with the possibility of modifying the width of each of the applications. In addition, we can also open three applications and distribute them vertically, one vertically and two horizontally…

Group apps by desktops

Desktop management in Windows 10 has never been the best, in fact, it left a lot to be desired for all of us who work with multiple desktops where we have different applications open.

Windows 10 forces us to move the applications to the desktops where we want to place them once we have opened them. With Windows 11 that problem is solved thanks to the Snap Groups feature.

Snap Groups allows us to assign applications to desktops, desktops that have memory and when we open them they know which desktop they have to be on.

If we connect an external monitor and put various applications on it when we disconnect it the applications will automatically disappear and if we connect it again they will be displayed again.

Microsoft Teams is natively available

Microsoft has a habit of shoehorning applications into its operating system, applications that run when Windows starts. With Windows 10 we already live with Skype and OneDrive, two applications that run natively on the system and that we have to manually remove

Windows 11 has replaced Skype with Microsoft Teams, the Microsoft application to organize work and tasks both in companies and at home. Microsoft Teams allows us to make video calls, send messages, manage a shared calendar, create task lists and assign them…

If you only want to use Skype, you can continue to do so, but you may want to give Microsoft Teams a try and if you like it, use it on a day-to-day basis.

Widgets are back

Widgets are not new to Windows. The first version that implemented widgets was Windows Vista, that infamous version of Windows that nobody wanted to use because of the high resources it consumed.

With the next version of Windows, Windows 7, Microsoft put widgets in a drawer and completely forgot about them until Windows 11. This new version includes a series of Widgets similar to those available in Windows 10 from the taskbar.

Widgets are back

These widgets allow us to access weather information, perform searches, display news, pending tasks, and photos stored on OneDrive or on the computer… With Windows 11, Microsoft has hit the mark and the widgets are really good.

Redesign of icons and typography

It was a matter of time before Microsoft changed both the typography used in Windows and the design of the icons, icons that had kept the same design for more than 20 years.

The new font used in Windows 11, Segoe, is designed to make it easier to read on the screen, a trifle for many users but not for those of us who spend many hours in front of a computer screen.

More compatibility with touch screens

While Windows 10 doesn’t work badly on touchscreen devices, it had a lot of room for improvement. With Windows 11, Microsoft has implemented new gestures and tighter stylus integration to make work easier for professionals and students alike.

Internet Explorer disappears

The much-maligned veteran Internet Explorer browser is no longer available in Windows 11, but it will still be available for Windows 10 for now, at least until mid-2022 when it stops receiving security updates.

Internet Explorer disappears

For all those users who have the need to continue using Internet Explorer due to its compatibility with web pages of public administrations, they will be able to continue doing so with Microsoft Edge, a browser that offers compatibility with Internet Explorer.

Update cycle

Since its launch, Windows 10 received two updates per year, updates that introduced new features and performance improvements but in the end, the only thing they achieved was to fragment the market, since not everyone installed them.

Microsoft has changed the update cycle with Windows 11 and will only release one major update per year, just like Apple does with the Mac operating system. This way, users will be more tempted to update to check out the new improvements that are coming. are added.

If you can’t update no problem

If your computer isn’t compatible with Windows 11, no problem, you don’t need to start saving (although you should) to buy a new computer, since you have time until 2025.

Microsoft will stop offering security support to Windows 10 in that year, more than enough time to consider changing computers. Apps that are currently compatible with Windows 11 will continue to be compatible with Windows 10, so that won’t be a problem.

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