Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for all computers running Windows 10 and comes pre-installed on new laptops.
After Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, Microsoft has spent the last few months tweaking the beta versions made available to Insider program members, revealing some of its new features in the dropper. Clues were also left pointing to an October release, albeit vague, but Microsoft has just confirmed the official release date of its new operating system: October 5. You might want to spend the national holiday updating and configuring the operating system, not least because it will be free for those who have a valid Windows 10 license, and it will also be pre-installed on the various models that will hit stores in the fall.
In addition to a modern and “fresh” redesign of the operating system, Windows 11 has some new features that may please both professional users, looking for productivity solutions, as well as gamers. For example, through cloud computing and the Microsoft 365 service, users can search for the latest files no matter what device they’re using.
The Teams application will become an integral part of the taskbar, making it faster and more intuitive to contact colleagues, friends, or family. Also count on new Widgets, a new custom feed powered by artificial intelligence. There is also expected a better optimization of the Edge internet browser, and other news.
Gamers will be happy to know that the Xbox app will also be an integral part of Windows 11, meaning it can directly access the Game Pass game library. In addition, the operating system aims to unlock the best that computer hardware has to offer, including DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, and Auto HDR that enhance the gaming experience on your PC.
That also means a new Microsoft Store will be built from the ground up to integrate with Windows 11, making it easier to discover apps, games, TV shows, movies, and other content. And as we already knew, the operating system opens the door to Android, being compatible with its apps.
Despite the scheduled release on October 5, Microsoft says availability will be phased and measured with a focus on quality. Priority goes to new equipment eligible to upgrade. It will then begin to be made available to devices on the market based on the age of the device and the impact the update will have on it. And this will be a process Microsoft hopes to complete by mid-2022.
Although the system detects the eligibility of computers through Windows Update, users themselves can check their availability through Settings, Windows Update, and select “Check for new updates.”