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For Windows users the march goes on – Windows 11 arriving shortly
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For Windows users the march goes on – Windows 11 arriving shortly

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As technology moves on, software and hardware all have to move on with it!

If you have a computer, and you must have if you are reading this, you will know that the constant upgrades in software are a never-ending activity.

Taking a look at Microsoft Windows, over the years we have seen the operating system updated constantly but also upgraded quite often. I wonder how many people remember MS Dos, the very basic operating system which effectively created the building blocks for the Windows systems which followed. It was possible to run MS Dos programs on Windows XP and then came along Windows 7. This changed the way Windows looked at things and suddenly some of these old programs could not run so they brought in the virtual machine which enabled very old programs to continue to be used – mainly games!

In 2015 Windows 10 was released amid many groans from people who felt that the constant changes just made life very difficult. But it is not software writers who make life difficult, it is the public who want more functionality all the time as life itself demands more computer control in our daily lives, not least our homes.

Upgrades to new systems are often driven by commercial users, like banks, who decide they need to amend their software to user the latest operating systems, generally in the name of security and it does become an impossible position when a developer like Microsoft simply decides to stop supporting an operating system. This they did with Windows 7 a short time ago so upgrading to Windows 10 became generally necessary.

In fact you can still upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge if you have not done so. Go here:

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-download-windows-10-for-free-now-that-windows-7-is-dead/

If you have not done so, it is advisable because Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 10 in 2025 so upgrading to Windows 11 is going to be the next step. To run Windows 11 the minimum specification of your computer is 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM.

And Skype is being dropped in favour of MS Teams

It is the onward march of software which drives the need for upgrades in hardware because more storage and memory is required as programs get more complex. But it is a never ending journey and one in which it is sensible to remain as up to date as possible.

Adrian Leopard 26-06-21

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