Windows 11 releases on October 5th, 2021

22 days ago by IanDorfman

Microsoft has announced that the next major version of Windows comes out in a month.

In a post on the official Windows blog, General Manager of Windows Marketing Aaron Woodman revealed the initial rollout date for Windows 11 alongside a summary of new features and specific distribution plans. The October 5th date will be both for sales of new computers that are compatible with Windows 11 as well as existing "eligible Windows 10 PCs."

The approach being taken for Windows 11's launch will be "phased and measured with a focus on quality" based on the experience Microsoft gained from launching Windows 10. The distribution will be rolled out over approximately 6 months based on "hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device," alongside other hardware factors.

Woodman lists 11 points as highlights of the upcoming release:

"1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean, and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.
2. With Start, content is 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.
3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
9. 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.
10. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
11. 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."

Microsoft expects the Windows 11 upgrade rollout to be completed by "mid-2022."

Further coverage:
Windows Experience Blog

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