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  • Writer's pictureLiz Turner

Should You Upgrade To Windows 11?

Have you already upgraded? If you automatically click on YES to install Windows updates and your PC is the right specification, you may already be using Microsoft's latest operating system. What do you think of it?




NEW TASKBAR

Previous Windows versions feature an iconic taskbar, but it could sometimes get clunky. Windows 11 provides a more streamlined solution.


The new taskbar is perfect for expediting work, as it can contain a list of recent cloud and local files. You can also pin various apps to improve access and utilise a search bar that allows for convenient web browsing.


Another highlight of the taskbar is clean lines and widgets that display essential information (e.g., weather, photos, and news).


This should make a great difference to the busy display of Windows 10.


WINDOWS GROUPING & SNAPPING

The enhanced Snap Group and Snap Layout features allow you to resize and manage windows more easily. You also get to keep essential apps grouped to maintain high productivity.


Using the feature is relatively straightforward - just hover the mouse over the maximise button on the desired app to reveal your layout options. You can choose between several arrangements, such as four-app grids and side-by-side layouts.


And if you need to perform basic window management, you can still grab and pull windows to the edge of their screen.


This feature improves desktop organisation, which is especially useful for people working with two or more monitors. They can reduce clutter rapidly, enabling them to focus on their tasks.


IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS

Windows 11 follows in the footsteps of many smartphones to simplify setting changes and make them easily accessible. Pulling up your control panel now only requires one tap or click in the taskbar corner, replicating Apple’s Control Centre.


Furthermore, Windows 11 apps feature aesthetic, curved corners, and your Settings incorporate more options you can tweak. For instance, blind or vision impaired users can take advantage of cutting-edge audio cues. There are also desktop themes to help reduce eye strain, which is essential if you work long hours.


On top of that, the new operating system has revamped voice typing. You can activate this with a simple keyboard shortcut. This feature supports most major languages, including English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Portuguese.


BETTER APP STORE

Many apps can enhance workplace productivity, but you’ll first need to find them on your PC’s app store. Fortunately, Windows 11 came up with an organised and coherent platform to make the search easier.


Besides universal apps, you can check out the applications compatible with your devices. The platform can also handle programs from third-party stores and manage app installation on the internet.


WHAT'S MISSING?


TASKBAR CUSTOMISATION

Windows 10 users can move their taskbar from the horizontal position to the left, right, or upper part of their screen. In contrast, the Windows 11 taskbar is fixed at the bottom of the display, and you can’t customise the dimensions.


Another significant change is that you can no longer move the Time and Date on your taskbar. Windows 10 didn’t have this problem since you could toggle off the Clock feature in your Settings.


The default taskbar layout might be fine, but some people prefer higher customisability than what Windows 11 offers.


DRAG & DROP FEATURES

Windows 10 and some earlier versions allowed you to drag several items to change their position. For example, you could drag a Word document onto your Word icon on the taskbar to open it.


This function is disabled in Windows 11. There’s no way to drag and drop or save any program or file onto your taskbar.


CORTANA

Cortana is a voice assistant counterpart of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. Many people are used to it and may be disappointed to hear that it’s not a part of the Windows 11 system setup. You can’t even locate it in your start menu.


The good news is that the Cortana application can still be found - it’s just hidden away. And you can enable it by visiting Settings and navigating to Apps & Features.


While Windows 11 isn’t perfect since it removed many valuable features, it’s still an excellent platform to help increase your productivity.


Whether you need to organise your desktop more conveniently or take enjoyable notes, the OS won’t let you down. Plus, you get a revamped taskbar and powerful Voice Typing compatible with most major languages.


TO SUMMARISE...

Overall, Windows 11 can be a terrific asset for your business.


If you want to find out more about incorporating this new OS to boost productivity in your organisation, contact us today. We can have a 10-15-minute chat to help you address key productivity issues in your company with the help of Windows 11.

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