Top 9 reasons to upgrade to Windows 11 now

There is something to say to stay updated. Windows 11 is the first major update to the leading desktop operating system in seven years. When you upgrade to Windows 11, you get the latest technology and interface design. You also get capabilities and features that are only available in the latest version of the software. Even the bundled apps get more sophisticated versions! The underlying system code also makes advancements that will leave you in the dust if you stick with older software.

However, making a big change to operating systems isn’t for everyone, and I’ve made my reservations about Windows 11 clear in previous articles. Don’t worry, though, as you have until 2025 to stick with Windows 10 if you want to. In the meantime, here are some compelling reasons why you might want to make the switch sooner.

1. A more consistent interface

PC users no longer have to duck when their friends show them their slick macOS and Chrome OS user interfaces. Windows 11 is just as slick, aside from the occasional old-school Control Panel dialog. The rounded window corners, compact taskbar, and touch-friendly design (sorry, Apple) are easy on the eyes. It just looks better. Let’s not forget the discreet and pleasant new system sounds, too.

2. Improved bundled apps

Video editor in Windows 11

The apps included in Windows 11 are better than those in Windows 10. A new Media Player app makes watching videos and listening to music and podcasts a better experience. Windows 11 users will also get Clipchamp (launching soon), a simple, template-based PWA video editor suitable for small businesses making videos for marketing and advertising. The Windows 11 Clock app deserves a special mention because of its handy new Focus Sessions feature that helps you focus on projects. The Photos app also includes surprisingly capable video editing, with some features not even found in Clipchamp. The Notepad, Paint, and Calculator apps have also been updated.

Snipping tool in Windows 11

Taking screenshots in Windows 11 continues to get better, with lots of great options. Microsoft has updated the old Snipping Tool (accessible with Windows Key-Shift-S), which competes with the superior and similarly named Snip & Sketch app. The crop tool allows you to select freehand or rectangular areas, program windows, or the entire desktop. It then opens a mini-editor to crop and markup. The screenshot tool also has a delay timer and built-in save and share options. You can still use the tried and true PrtSc key to save a screen image file to the clipboard or OneDrive.

4. Adjust layouts for an organized desktop

Adjust layouts in Windows 11

In Windows, you’ve always been able to arrange windows on the desktop the way you want. Just when you thought you couldn’t improve on the excellent capabilities of Windows 10, which lets you snap a window to the side to fill exactly half the screen or to a corner to fill exactly one quarter of the screen, Microsoft comes along. with another window layout trick called Snap Layouts. When you hover over the maximize icon at the top right of any window, you get multiple layout options in a thumbnail view. You can even save a layout for a group of applications that you want to reuse later in a single taskbar icon.

Windows 11 widgets

Windows 10 has a nifty News & Interests panel that appears when you hover over the taskbar icon, but Windows 11 widgets are more customizable. And coming soon, Windows 11 will support third-party information widgets. Many of the built-in widgets are extremely useful: news, weather, sports, traffic, family safety, stock prices, Outlook calendar, to-dos, and OneDrive photos. Your newsfeed can be customized by topics and sources. Microsoft has also previewed a new feature for the Widget panel that allows you to view it in full screen mode.

6. Twice as resistant to malware

Security settings in Windows 11

According to PCMag Senior Security Analyst Neil J. Rubenking, Windows 11 is ultra-secure. Much of that is due to its requirement for a secure processor called a Trusted Platform Module. (Despite the increased security, this new requirement upset many Windows commenters, as it meant some older PCs wouldn’t be able to run the new OS.) Rubenking notes that, according to Microsoft, “PCs with a secure core are twice as resistant to malware infection.”

7. Improved multiple desktops and monitor docking

Multiple desktops in Windows 11

New docking behaviors in Windows 11 make using a large external monitor a more efficient experience. The operating system now remembers the locations of windows on the connected monitor and minimizes them when disconnected, instead of filling the smaller screen with app windows. New for multiple desktops is the ability to use different wallpapers on each and a redesigned desktop switching interface.

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8. Run Android apps on your PC

Android apps on Windows 11

Being able to run Android apps directly on your Windows 11 PC was a hot topic with the release of Windows 11. Still, the ability has some limitations. You can only install apps through the Amazon AppStore or by downloading them, not through the largest source of Android apps, Google Play. PCMag’s Jason Cohen has put together a tutorial on how to run Android apps on Windows 11. You need an Amazon account and supported apps are limited. Much more useful to me is Phone Link, which allows you to see and run any app on a nearby Android phone.

9. Improvements in gaming performance and HDR

Xbox app on Windows 11

Windows 11 gets two improvements when it comes to using High Dynamic Range (HDR) color on your supported display. You can turn it on or off via Windows Game Bar, and a new Auto HDR feature will save you even that trouble. Another enhancement to gaming comes via the new DirectStorage feature, which allows games to be loaded directly into video memory, bypassing the CPU for much faster game load times.

Do more with Windows 11

To get the most out of the new operating system, read our best tips and tricks for using Windows 11. Plus, stay up to date with the latest news and coverage on our Windows 11 home page.

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