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Compare Windows 10 Pro vs Windows 11 Pro to see new and enhanced features for your business.

Our best Windows yet

According to Gartner, now is the best time to upgrade to Windows 11. Get your favorite Windows features plus new innovations to heighten productivity, bolster security, and be business-ready.

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Breakthrough productivity

Elevate your workstyle with AI-enhanced experiences and immersive workflows. Employees can do their best work from anywhere with world-class fundamentals like exceptional reliability and long battery life. 3
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Create a separate desktop for each project or workstream and switch instantly between them from your taskbar.

In Windows 11, users can enable systemwide live captions for videos and online meetings in real time. Supports English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Danish. 4

Quick settings menu shows a list of Bluetooth devices and VPN connectivity right from the taskbar. Pair devices and connect to VPN with ease on updated Windows 11 Pro devices. Users can also mute audio directly from the task bar in Windows 11.

Windows remembers the layouts of individual apps and snap groups, so when you plug into a different display your apps will still be in place where you left them.

Expands snap capabilities with a choice of pre-configured layouts that intelligently adjust to the dimensions of your screen. Snap layouts work with a click or touch.

Simplify workflows with effortless navigation and enhancements to familiar features that include personalized File Explorer with tabs, Start menu app folders, and a centered Taskbar.

Windows 11 expands focus functionality with more options, including the ability to create focus sessions and manage them from your taskbar.

Microsoft Phone Link syncs your phone to your PC. With Android™ phones, users can access photos, messaging, calls, contacts, notifications, and more. Phone Link also works with iPhone® for messaging, calling, contacts, and notifications. 5

Narrator turns text into spoken word. Windows 11 builds on this existing feature to make more versatile and pleasurable to use. 4

On supporting devices, Windows Studio Effects offers AI-enhanced features like automatic framing that adapts to your movement improved background blur, and natural eye contact. 6

With systemwide voice typing, you can use your voice to enter text in any text box. 4

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Layers of security already enabled and fast deployment

Save time and money with a reported 25% faster deployment through efficient, cost-effective IT. 7 Deploy groundbreaking technologies with powerful out-of-the-box protection built in.

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Advanced network security, including encryption and firewall protection, now includes support for Hyper-V Firewall, Wi-Fi6, WPA3, and an encrypted DNS protocol, and support for more Bluetooth connections including Secure Simple Pairing, Secure Connections, and Core Spec compliance up through version 5.3.

Kernel DMA protection is now enabled by default on new devices to shield your device against physical breach from peripheral devices such as infected USB drives.

Local security authentication is enabled by default on new, enterprise-joined devices to validates users for local and remote sign-ins and enforce local security policies.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen proactively warns you when you enter your credentials into a risky location.

Now available on a growing number of devices, Pluton provides additional protection for sensitive information like credentials, with feature and security updates directly provided through Windows Update. 2

The block list policy is now enabled by default to protect your Windows kernel against potentially vulnerable drivers, and users can enforce the policy from the Windows Security apps.

For more control and transparency, you can choose privacy settings and track app and resource usage through icons that appear in the system tray when an app is in use.

Designed to provide additional protection for sensitive data, new Secured-core PCs continue to be added to the market. 2

Virtualization-based security (VBS) and hypervisor code integrity (HVCI) are enabled by default, for silicon-assisted safeguards that protect your OS without slowing performance.

The server message block (SMB) protocol provides end-to-end encryption of SMB data and protects against eavesdropping on internal networks. SMB now increases networking security with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256, SMB Compression, and by turning off default SMB guest authentication.

TPM 2.0 is required and enabled by default for confirmation that the device, firmware, and boot process are in a good state and have not been tampered with before they can access corporate resources.

Windows Hello enables personal, secure sign-in options including PIN, face, or fingerprint recognition and innovations like presence sensing, which locks your device when you step away, and signs you again when you return. 1

Windows can schedule updates when renewable energy sources are available. This carbon-aware feature activates when devices are plugged in, turned on, and connected to the internet with access to available regional carbon intensity data.

Sustainable power settings and recommendations enable Windows to reduce energy use by default when your device is idle.

Windows 11 updates use 40% less bandwidth for better network costs and efficiency, making it easier to keep devices anywhere up-to-date and protected.

Windows 11 Pro supports modern device management with tools like Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. Built-in clients simplify device enrollment and policy management.

Security that powers Universe Power Systems

With competitors ten times their size, the company uses Windows 11 Pro to stay secure and productive while they focus on delivering industry-leading uptime and service.
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Improve security with modern devices

Improve workflow, simplify IT management, and keep your business safe with new, modern hardware powered by the most secure Windows yet.
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Copilot+ PCs

Copilot+ PCs are up to 58% faster than MacBook Air M3 in sustained multithreaded performance. 8 This new class of devices comes with powerful performance and unique AI experiences that run directly on the computer.

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  • [1] Requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
  • [2] Hardware dependent.
  • [3] Battery life varies based on settings, usage, device and other factors.
  • [4] Features and app availability may vary by region.
  • [5] To experience the full functionality, mobile phones must be running Android™ 7.0 or later. Microsoft Phone Link and PC both need a Wi-Fi connection, or you can give permission for the app to use your mobile data. Phone Link for iOS requires iPhone® with iOS 14 or higher, Windows 11 device, Bluetooth connection and the latest version of the Phone Link app. Not available for iPad® (iPadOS®) or MacOS®. Device compatibility may vary. Regional restrictions may apply. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. To experience full functionality of Microsoft Phone Link for Android™ mobile phones must be running Android™ 7.0 or later and Microsoft Phone Link and PC both need a Wi-Fi connection, or you can give permission for the app to use your mobile data.
  • [6] Videoconferencing applications and services sold separately.
  • [7] Commissioned study delivered by Forrester Consulting “The Total Economic Impact™ of Windows 11 Pro Devices”, December 2022. Note, quantified benefits reflect results over three years combined into a single organization that generates $1 billion in annual revenue, has 2,000 employees, refreshes hardware on a four-year cycle, and migrates the entirety of its workforce to Windows 11 devices.
  • [8] Based on Cinebench 2024 Multi-Core benchmark. Performance will vary significantly by device. Learn more.

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