Windows 11 - 5th October 2021

 Windows 11 is launching on 5th October 2021. Not as significant as 15th August 1995. That was the day that Windows 95 launched.

Windows 95 brought us the start button, 32-bit computing, and a totally different way of using Windows that has persisted to this day.

Windows 95 was launched to queues buying boxed versions of the OS from retail stores. In 1995 the personal computing market was Windows. More than 90% of PCs ran Windows and the mobile ecosystem was not in place.

Microsoft audaciously launched the Microsoft Network (MSN) at the time. The Internet existed but the people who were online were dialing into online services like Compuserve. Compuserve is now owned by AOL. 

By October 1995 Bill Gates wrote a memo saying that the Internet would be the focus of Microsoft's efforts. Effectively reversing the effort to compete with specialist online services in just a two months. 

Windows 11 is not that vast change. Windows is now part of a wider computing market in which mobile is at the centre of personal computing. Windows devices are far less in numbers than other computing platforms like Android or IOS. In the education market the Chromebook has now carved a significant niche as the cheap and easy to use solution for schools. 

However, Windows 11 is important. It is built on Windows 10 and is the primary client for Microsoft's extensive range of Office 365/Microsoft 365 services. It is also the place where a significant number of hard core gamers play, 

Windows in 1995 was important to all computer users. It drew attention from both the IT media, newspapers and TV. In today's world only a minority of YouTube channels talk about Windows. The viewing space is devoted to smartphones, robotics, AI, Apple and Google. Microsoft is almost boring and workmanlike. 

Microsoft would like to think their products are for both work and home. In truth, in today's environment, the world at home for personal computing is the smartphone and tablet. Microsoft have left the consumer space a long time ago. Business takes years to update and upgrade. Windows 11 will take months, if not years, to appear on a significant number of PCs. At some point Windows 11 will be the way you use a PC. 

Windows 11 requires several things. Listed here. The most notable change is TPM 2.0 secure enclave to provide greater security. 


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