Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 11, will officially launch on 5 October 2021. This release comes six years after Windows 10 was launched.
In a blog post, Windows Marketing general manager Aaron Woodman said that this free upgrade to Windows 11 “will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs”.
Woodman highlighted key features of the release:
1. New design and sounds that are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful.
2. New Start menu where content is at the center.
3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops that provide an even more powerful way to multitask.
4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people.
5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, providing a faster way to access the information you care about.
6. Enhanced gaming that unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR.
7. New Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favourite apps, games, shows, and movies.
8. New accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
9. New opportunities for developers and creators.
10. Optimization for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
Woodman goes on to say that the free upgrade to Windows 11 will be phased and measured. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first, and it will then roll out over time to in-market devices.
“We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022,” Woodman adds.