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See what’s new in Windows 11, learn the difference between Windows 11 Home vs. Pro and versus Windows 10. Compare to find the right version of Windows for you.

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Windows 11 is easier on the eyes and easier to use. We took the best elements of Windows 10 and refined them to create a soothing place to work and play.

Windows 11 can automatically wake up when you approach and lock when you leave. 

Exclusive to Windows 11 is Smart App Control. It provides a layer of security by only permitting apps with good reputations to be installed. Only available on the latest version of Windows 11. 

If you connect your PC to an external display, Windows 11 can remember where you had those windows when you leave, come back, and reconnect.  This feature is new and exclusive to Windows 11.

With live captions on Windows 11, speech in incoming audio (such as through a Microsoft Teams call) can be transcribed into captions. 

To read, or to be read to? Natural Narrator can turn text into spoken words. 

Background Blur, Eye Contact, Voice Focus and Automatic Framing. Better video calling awaits. 

Jump back into the game you last played or into a new game entirely with the Controller bar.  Only on Windows 11.

Auto HDR increases the range of colours both new and old games can produce. Available only on Windows 11, this new calibration app increases control of colour. 

Widgets are new for Windows 11. It’s best for staying up to date with all the things you need to keep tabs on: schedules, weather, stocks, sports—even celebrity gossip.

Feel at home instantly on your new PC. With Windows Backup,   you can set things up to your liking by easily transferring some of your favourite settings, files and apps from your old PC.

Backup and restore

Backup only

Paint is a simple and powerful graphics editor that comes with Windows. You can use it to create and edit images, draw shapes, add text, and more. New to Windows 11, Paint now comes with AI-powered tools  to help you edit images like a pro and create art like a visionary.

Cocreator,   Background Removal  and Layers

Make and take calls. Reply to texts. Check and dismiss notifications. Use Phone Link to do it all from your Windows PC without even taking your phone out of your pocket. This feature is available for Android™ and iPhone® devices in Windows 11, and is available for Android in Windows 10. 

Android and iPhone

Android only

While Windows 10 worked well with touch inputs , Windows 11 has been designed with them in mind for a true mouse-less or keyboard-less experience.

You can find the Search bar in the Start Menu of Windows 11, and it can find whatever you can’t. That’s files, apps, or anything you want online. On Windows 11 the Search bar is in a new, easy to find, central location.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 for features that rely on the TPM for capabilities such as key generation, secure storage, encryption, boot integrity measurements and attestation. These capabilities help organisations strengthen the protection of their identities and data. TPM 2.0 includes support for newer algorithms, which provides improvements like support for stronger cryptography.

Microsoft Edge is optimised for Windows 11. The browser and OS will work together to bring you the browsing speed and security you need.

OneDrive backup is available on both Windows 11 and 10, providing your photos, documents and other files a second life if, for example, your PC is stolen.

The Windows Security app serves as the security dashboard and is available on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Snap assist makes the most of your screen space by arranging your open windows into perfectly aligned grids.  And on Windows 11, it’s now easier to find and use.

With desktop groups, you can organise your open apps and windows into separate “desktops” to make it easier to switch between work and play modes. It was introduced on Windows 10, but vastly improved for Windows 11.

High contrast themes are available in both Windows 10 and 11 to help those with low vision see easier.

Windows 11 can interpret your voice into commands, like “Open [name of app]” or “Scroll Down”. This feature builds on Windows 10 and is greatly enhanced on 11. 

The redesigned Microsoft Store makes finding apps, films and TV programmes you love easy, and comes ready to do so on both Windows 10 and 11.

Snipping Tool is available on both Windows 10 and 11 to help users crop screenshots to share to others exactly what you’re seeing.

The Journal app on Windows 11 provides the intimacy of handwriting  with the convenience of a digital app.

With dynamic templates  and dazzling effects, Clipchamp makes it easy for anyone to edit videos like a pro. It comes built into Windows 11 but is available for Windows 10 via download from the Microsoft Store.

Digital Pen  input on Windows 11 builds on the progress made on Windows 10, providing an improved feel and incorporating haptic feedback.

Whenever words won't do, Emojis are just a couple clicks away. And only Windows 11 comes with the new emoji clipboard (Win+V). 

Games with larger worlds that load in less time. It’s possible with DirectStorage and available on both Windows 10 and 11.

This is what harnesses your hardware to produce stunning graphics for your games and is available on both Windows 10 and 11.

This technology makes it possible for you to perceive the sources of sound in games.  It requires compatible headphones and is available on both Windows 10 and 11.

PC Game Pass grants you access to over a hundred games for one low monthly membership fee and is available for both Windows 10 and 11. 

No need to Alt+tab to change songs, check graphics performance, or find friends. Just use the hotkey Win+G in Windows 11 and 10 to bring up the overlay made for better play.

The Get Started app is designed to help you get to know Windows 11 better.

A Microsoft account can be your one passport to all things Microsoft, from Office to Xbox and more.

When you upgrade your Windows device, you can use OneDrive file transfer to seamlessly roll over your files and settings. 

Devices with thin and light designs and amazing battery life that run the apps you care about. 

Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro

If your device is lost or stolen, BitLocker puts everything on lockdown, so no one else can access your systems or data. 

If you turn on device encryption, only authorised individuals will be able to access your device and data. 

Keep track of your devices - even your digital pen!

Your Windows device comes with built-in security features to help safeguard against viruses, malware, and ransomware.

App & browser control in Windows Security helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites and downloads. 

Manage screen time, limit access to mature content, and control online purchases when you connect your family's Microsoft accounts.

Helps prevent malicious software applications and unauthorised operating systems from loading during the system start-up process.

Uses facial recognition, fingerprint or PIN, for a fast, secure and password-free way to unlock your compatible Windows devices. 

View and manage the security and health of your device.