After weeks of speculations, Windows 11 release date is now official! Microsoft has made an official announcement about the launch of its next generation of Windows operating system to the public. Starting from 5 October 2021 is when current Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10 users can begin downloading the Windows 11 OS to complete set up with all the latest features and more.
All eligbile Windows devices will receive the upgrade from next month onward. Whereas, new devices will start rolling out with Windows 11 pre-installed as manufacturers make their compatible models available for purchase.
As was the case with previous Windows 10 updates, the free upgrade to Windows 11 on currently compatible devices will roll out in phases. So if you own a newer laptop, desktop, or tablet, the update will arrive for you before those who have older PCs.
Microsoft has confirmed in a press statement that this free upgrade offer process should cover all eligible devices by the middle of 2022.
Below is a brief Windows 11 overview describing what to expect in the upcoming firmware:
Windows 11 is the next evolution of Windows; it is the most significant update to the Windows operating system since Windows 10. It offers many innovations focused on enhancing end-user productivity in a fresh experience that is flexible and fluid. Windows 11 is designed to support today’s hybrid work environment, and intended to be the most reliable, secure, connected, and performant Windows operating system ever.
Microsoft claims “Windows 11 is ready to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity”.
Announcing the speed up of the roll-out phase, the Windows Twitter account had this to say:
As perfect as 11.11 *would* be, we just couldn’t wait any longer to make #Windows11 available. Get it October 5th, and read all about it now.
— Windows (@Windows) August 31, 2021
Windows 11 Best Features:
- The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.
- With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
- Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
- Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
- Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.
- Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)
- Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.
- Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
- Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.
- Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
- Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.
Keep an eye on Windows Update which will let you know via notification when Windows 11 is available for your device. Or you can manually check the update status through Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates. That said, the while upgrade phase will last for over 6 months minimum. So be patient if the check for the older devices returns no new update result.