Even Microsoft didn’t think things were going to go this way. After all, when it released Windows 10 back in 2015, the company said it was going to be the last version of Windows. Clearly, however, things have changed.
The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that PCs are not only here to stay, but they’re also arguably more important than they’ve ever been. In fact, though chip shortages may keep the end of year numbers lower than they might have otherwise been, many PC industry observers believe 2021 could have been (and might still be) the biggest year of PC shipments in the nearly 40-year history of the category.
Given this robust return to relevance, it’s also not the least bit surprising that Microsoft chose to keep the Windows operating system – which powers about 90% of the world’s PCs – as fresh and modern as it could with the announcement of Windows 11. In fact, at the end of the Windows 11 launch event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described Windows 11 as “the first version of a new era of Windows.” In other words, it’s clearly not the last version either.
What’s great about Windows 11 is that not only is it a very attractive looking refresh of Windows, with important but easily accessible enhancements to the basic user interface, it’s also an incredibly strong statement about the ongoing importance of PCs and the PC market. Practically speaking, as with virtually every other Windows OS update, Windows 11 provides a good reason for people…