Early in October, 2021, Microsoft officially released the latest version of their highly successful operating system, Windows.
Windows 11 has only been available to the public for around a month, but has already had high adoption rates, particularly among business users – these are the users who will see the most benefits from upgrading at this stage in the game. The best thing about Windows 11 is the number of features for work that have been added to the OS. We spoke with TechQuarters, an IT Managed Services Company, who are partnered with Microsoft, and they told us all about the new business features of Windows 11.
To start with, the productivity features in Windows 11 have been vastly improved. The Snap feature that many Windows users will be familiar with has been upgraded to include a handy Snap Layout feature, that allows you to arrange windows in different ways depending on how many windows you want open, and which ones are most important. When you have arranged your windows into one of the Snap Layouts, they will be grouped together in the taskbar – these are called Snap Groups, and all you need to do is hover over them in the taskbar, and you will be able to maximize all those windows at once.
Another great productivity feature is the ability to create and switch between virtual desktops. You can create virtual desktops, name them, and open specific apps in them, so that if you need to focus on one specific task or project, you can create a virtual desktop that is optimized for that task or project. TechQuarters said to us that, as IT Support Providers, they find this feature especially useful, because their engineers can use it to compartmentalize their different tasks.
Not only have the productivity features been improved in Windows 11, but the built-in security features have also been made much better and user friendly. For instance, the Windows Security app is a platform that unifies all the important security information that a user should know about. It has tabs that show all different kinds of information.
For instance, there is a Virus & Threat Protection tab; as well as a Firewall & Network Protection app; and there’s a Device Security tab that shows you info on how the hardware in your PC is being protected. TechQuarters have said that this is a great tool for when they’re delivering their Managed IT Support Services, because it means they can give their customers an easy way to view the security of their device.
In summary, Windows 11 is most useful for business users, and any companies that use Microsoft 365 for Business would definitely benefit from upgrading to the new operating system.