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Windows 11 release date is here with us!

Microsoft has announced the Windows 11 release date which is October 5, 2021. The tech company said that the new version of Windows is designed to ‘empower your productivity and inspire your creativity’ and we hope it will live up to that billing.

How to upgrade to Windows 11

Just like with Windows 10 and previous versions, it will be a free upgrade to Windows 11. However, only ‘eligible’ Windows 10 PCs will be able to upgrade. That means if you have an old PC or laptop that does not have these specifications for Windows 11, you may not be able to upgrade.

Now, don’t rush – this is IMPORTANT!

The upgrade will happen in phases, and new devices will be given priority for this upgrade.

If you are ordering a PC at the moment, you may want to ask your supplier or manufacturer to preload it with Windows 11 instead of Windows 10. New eligible PCs that will be sold starting October 5 will be preloaded with the new release.

The upgrade to Windows 11 will then be made available to qualifying devices that are already in the market. Microsoft hopes all devices will have been upgraded by mid-2022.

How to know if your device can upgrade to Windows 11

Several factors will determine whether you will be able to upgrade to the Windows 11 or if you will be forced to buy a new device. Windows will tell you if your device is eligible, and the following will be considered.

  1. Hardware eligibility – the hardware of your computer should qualify to run on Windows 11.
  2. Age of device – this means if your PC is old and running only previous versions of Windows, it may fail the upgrade test.
  3. Reliability metrics – is your PC brand reliable when run on Windows?

You can also check whether your PC is ready for an update by going to Settings > Windows Updates > Check for Updates.

You can run a quick review of specifications required for upgrade here.

What is new in Windows 11?

According to Microsoft, the new Windows 11 has modified beautiful design and improved efficiency. Below are some of the things to expect according to the tech company release statement :

  1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, to bring you a sense of calm and ease.
  2. With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the centre. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
  3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
  4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
  5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.
  6. Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)
  7. Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favourite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. Microsoft hopes to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.
  8. Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  9. Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. The Store will allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all app designs and experiences.
  10. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
  11. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.
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Which devices come preloaded with Windows 11?

As stated earlier, it would be wise to ask your manufacturer to preload the Windows 11 if you are ordering a new PC in the next one or two months. However, if you order right now you will get the Windows 10 that will easily be upgraded to Windows 11 beginning October 5. Below are some few selected devices that are eligible for upgrade to Windows 11:

1.      Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) 

Acer Swift 5

This is an ultrathin-and-light notebook with an uber-stylish design with the latest performance technology. It is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors.

It meets the requirements of an Intel Evo platform and has the power and performance to seamlessly run multiple applications.

The Swift 5 provides up to 17 hours of battery life for all-day productivity. A layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass covers its touchscreen. You can also include an antimicrobial solution on the touchpad yourself, as well as on the keyboard and all covers of the device.

2.      Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G)

Acer Swift X

This is a brand-new device that is the first of its series to come powered with discrete graphics, all at 3.06 pounds.

The Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G) notebook represents a new segment within the Swift portfolio, up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, combined with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Mobile Processor and 16 GB of RAM.

It is the perfect machine for creative professionals such as video editors and photographers due to its power. True to the Swift family, all this hardware has been fitted into a metal chassis 0.7 in thin.

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3.       Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363

asus zenbook flip 13

The Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363 has an all-new design that combines portability with supreme versatility. Its NanoEdge FHD OLED display and 360-degree ErgoLift hinge make extra compact.

The super-slim 13.9 mm chassis houses a wide range of I/O ports for easy connectivity. Its Intel Core processor gives effortless performance for on-the-go productivity and visual creativity.

4.      Asus Zenbook 14 UX425

Asus zenbook 14

This magnificent Zenbook has an all-new design that’s just 13.9mm slim. It has a four-sided NanoEdge display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio for immersive visuals, and conatins a complete set of full I/O ports. It runs on the the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. The all-new Intel Iris Xe graphics makes it a perfect portable companion.

5.      Dell Alienware’s X-Series

Dell Alienware

The resurgent Dell Corporation is offering great devices. Each of Dell Alienware’s X-Series laptops include Alienware Cryo-tech cooling technology. If you are a marathon gamer, these devices are for you!

They feature a patent-pending Quad Fan design engineered to provide highest levels of gaming performance. Both the Alienware x15 and Alienware x17 contain magnesium alloy and CNC-machined aluminum designed for structural rigidity. The finishing has a carefully formulated stain-resistant paint formula. They also have HyperEfficient voltage regulation technology designed to allow the system to perform at the highest levels for hours of gameplay.

6.       Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 is crafted using authentic premium materials, precision cut to achieve a flawless finish in a durable, lightweight design. Designed to create the perfect affinity between aesthetics and functional purpose, it delivers powerful performance and a larger 4-sided InfinityEdge display.

7.      HP Spectre x360 14

HP Spectre x360

If you’re looking for something extra special, the HP Spectre x360 14 features cutting edge 2-in-1 design and superb performance with the latest Intel Core processors along with all-day battery life.

8.      HP ENVY x360 15

AMD HP ENVY x360

If you’re a creator looking for a device that is as flexible as your workflow, the HP ENVY x360 15 is a mobile creative powerhouse. It features AMD Ryzen or Intel Core processors, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for fast connectivity.

9.      2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series

2 in 1 lenovo yoga 7

The versatile 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series is available in 14-inch sizes. It is designed with rounded edges to feel more comfortable in your hands. It has a vibrant Full HD IPS touchscreen display and either 11th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors and integrated graphics. It has a 71WHr battery, a metal chassis that impresses from every angle and webcam privacy shutter.

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10.   Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series

Lenovo yoga slim 7 pro

This thin and light Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series offers users a choice of an LCD or super-vibrant OLED display for greater immersion. It is available in a 14-inch size and Light Silver hue. The laptop runs on 11th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors. Both models have optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics to boost content creation. It also has Windows Hello and an IR camera with a raised notch for easier opening, as well as a backlit keyboard.

11.   Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 

samsung galaxy book pro

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 reshape the PC for mobile-first consumers by bringing together next-generation connectivity, ultra-portable design and elevated performance. They are equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and AMOLED display within super-thin and light body for increased mobility. The Galaxy Book Pro series lets you maximize productivity, enjoy immersive entertainment and unleash creativity. With a complete Samsung Galaxy ecosystem integration, these Galaxy Book Pro series are now the ultimate link between your devices, fully connecting your digital world. The Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are available in 13-inch and 15-inch models with color options ranging from Mystic Navy, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze for Galaxy Book Pro 360 and Mystic Blue, Mystic Silver and Mystic Pink Gold for Galaxy Book Pro.

12.  Surface Pro 7

surface pro 7

Surface Pro 7 is ultra-light and versatile. Whether at your desk, on the couch, or in the yard, get more done your way with the best-selling Surface 2-in-1 that features a laptop-class Intel Core processor, all day battery life, HD cameras and a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display. It transforms from tablet to laptop with pen and touch input, a built-in Kickstand, an optional removable Type Cover, and it easily connects to multiple monitors. Click the link above to learn more about Surface Pro 7.

13.   Surface Laptop 4 

Surface Laptop 4

Surface Laptop 4 offers style and speed. Do it all with the perfect balance of sleek design, speed, immersive audio and significantly longer battery life than before. Stand out on HD video calls backed by Studio Mics. Capture ideas and use your favourite Microsoft 365 applications on the vibrant PixelSense touchscreen display in 13.5-inch or 15-inch models. Choose between 11th Gen Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition. Click the link above to learn more about Surface Laptop 4, including available colour finishes and material options.