Introducing Microsoft Windows 11

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 on Thursday, and its least expensive version Windows 11 Home will now require an internet connection at setup — and a Microsoft account. Previous versions would let you opt out of Microsoft accounts by creating a local account instead, though the company didn’t necessarily make it easy to find and pushed you to use Microsoft’s login instead. It’s possible you’ll still be able to use a local account afterwards.

Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Windows 11 taskbar

Before we get started, don’t worry: It looks like the new version of Windows doesn’t change the formula too much. After a leaked version dampened the fanfare of the Windows 11 reveal, yesterday Microsoft shared everything you need to know about its next OS.

That included how Windows 11 changes the tablet PC experience. The final version of the OS seems to have some nifty upgrades, like larger touch targets so you can more easily resize apps. There’s also a reworked touchscreen keyboard, which sits in a corner of the screen for thumb typing.

Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory 4 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Minimum system requirements
   
Graphics card DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display >9” with HD Resolution (720p)
Internet connection Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Certain features require specific hardware, see detailed system requirements.