Windows 11
by on Aug 31, 2021

Windows 11 set to officially launch on October 5

Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 11 will begin rolling out officially to eligible PCs starting from October 5, 2021.

The latest version of the PC operating system will first be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and pre-installed on new machines. The operating system was revealed back in June and promises to be the “best Windows ever for gaming.”

As per the Windows blog, there’s several features that Microsoft intend to help meet this claim. These include DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. There’s also an entirely new Microsoft Store with a new design that also includes, for the first time, Android apps. Other changes include a redesigned Start menu, Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops and a personalised Widgets feed. Of course, there’s also full integration with Xbox Game Pass for PC.

The rollout will be phased, according to the announcement and “measured with a focus on quality.” By this, they clarify that newer devices will be offered the upgrade first and then roll out over time to older ones. Other factors that will determine when a user gets the update include hardware eligibility and more. Microsoft have said it expects all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade by mid-2022. You’ll be able to check if your PC is ready for the upgrade by checking Windows Update.

You can check out a trailer for Windows 11 below. It’ll start rolling out for PC on October 5.

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