Today, Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will be released on October 5, 2021. On this day, qualifying Windows 10 PCs will receive a free upgrade to Windows 11, and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will become available for purchase. Windows 11 is a new Windows experience that is meant to bring you closer to the things you care about.
Windows 11 is ready to enhance your productivity and inspire your creativity as the PC continues to play a more prominent role in our lives than ever before.
Here are 11 of the release’s highlights.
The new style and sounds are modern, fresh, clean, and lovely, instilling a sense of serenity and ease in you.
With Start, we’ve prioritised you and your content. Start makes use of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to display you your latest files regardless of the device you were using to view them.
Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops provide you even more options for multitasking.
Microsoft Teams chat, which is integrated into the taskbar, gives you a faster method to interact with the people you care about.
Widgets, a new personalised feed powered by AI, gives you a faster way to access the content you care about, and you can get more done on the web with Microsoft Edge’s world-class performance, speed, and productivity capabilities.
With features like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, and Auto HDR, Windows 11 is the finest Windows yet for gaming and unleashes the full power of your system’s hardware. For one low monthly fee, Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate gives you access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11. (Xbox Game Pass is available for purchase separately.)
Windows 11 includes a redesigned Microsoft Store that makes it easier to find and search for your favourite programmes, games, shows, and movies in one secure spot. We’re excited to continue our cooperation with Amazon and Intel to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store; this will begin with a preview for Windows Insiders in the coming months.
Windows 11 is the most inclusive version of Windows ever, with new accessibility features created for and by people with disabilities.
For developers and producers, Windows 11 opens up new possibilities. We’re expanding the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to submit their apps, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to update the appearance and feel of all of our app designs and experiences.
With touch, digital pen, and voice interaction, Windows 11 is geared for speed, efficiency, and superior experiences.
Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, bringing new experiences that function the way you do, are secure by design, and are simple to deploy and administer for IT. Businesses may also try Windows 11 in preview today on Azure Virtual Desktop, or wait until it’s available in general release by using the new Windows 365.
The free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin on October 5 and will be phased in and measured with a quality focus. Following the enormous lessons learned from Windows 10, we want to make sure you have the best experience possible. This means that the upgrade will be offered first to new eligible devices. The upgrade will then be sent out to in-market devices over time, depending on intelligence models that take into account hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, device age, and other characteristics that influence the upgrade experience. By mid-2022, we expect all eligible devices to be granted a free upgrade to Windows 11. If your PC is qualified for the upgrade, Windows Update will notify you when it becomes available. Go to Settings > Windows Update and select Check for updates* to determine if Windows 11 is compatible with your device.