Opinion: Windows 11 System Requirements Actually Make Sense
Windows 11 is About Security. Financial Security.
Microsoft. The name conjures up images of former CEOs jumping over chairs, insane corporate cheerleading caught on video, and – oh yeah, the operating system running on the vast majority of personal computers the world over. And they have launched important consumer hardware products, too; Zune, Kin, and some game console box thing that connects to a TV.
Getting back to operating systems, you may have heard that Microsoft is now in the midst of preparing the updated version of Windows 10 that they have chosen to call Windows 11. And if a MacOS-inspired UI facelift isn’t enough for you, MS has decided to copy Apple’s T2 hardware integration, too! But that’s a proprietary chip, so they used TPM 2.0 instead. Why not make the older TPM 1.2 the minimum requirement? Because Apple’s is not called “T1.2”, that’s why.
Say it ain’t so!
Don’t worry, they pulled the tool and may change the system requirements after all. Also, I’m just being snarky and don’t actually have PROOF that Microsoft has a hard-on for Apple. I’m just making assumptions based on… the obvious. And speaking of the obvious, MS is going to have to lower Windows 11 system requirements to push adoption, since average people are not going to understand what a “TPM” is, let alone how to install one (if they could even find one in the burgeoning TPM 2.0 scalping market).
But wait! I’m missing the most obvious point of all: forget the snarky nonsense above, the TPM 2.0 requirement isn’t (or soon to be wasn’t?) about matching Apple’s OS security along with their centered dock/start menu look, it was about selling MORE LICENSES as a free update like this wouldn’t bring in any revenue (other than all the money they make tracking everything you do) for existing Windows 10 users.
I don’t think Windows 11’s ridiculous hardware requirements are (were?) some conspiracy with hardware manufacturers, but Microsoft obviously benefits from new Windows OS computer sales as they get their cut off every one of them. In the end it’s pretty obvious why they’d want to require a new PC, huh?