Windows 11 release date

windows 11 release date

• v • t • e Windows 11 is a series of operating systems developed by Microsoft that was first released in October 2021.

Microsoft described Windows as an " operating system as a service" that would receive ongoing updates to its features and functionality, augmented with the ability for enterprise environments to receive non-critical updates at a slower pace or use long-term support milestones that will only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their five-year lifespan of mainstream support.

Main article: Windows Insider § Channels Windows Insider Preview builds are delivered to Insiders in three different channels. Insiders in the Dev Channel receive updates prior to those in the Beta Channel, but might experience more bugs and other issues. Insiders in the Release Preview Channel do not receive updates until the version is almost available to the public, but are comparatively more stable.

• ^ Windows 11 builds that have this color have reached their expiration dates and are no windows 11 release date supported by Microsoft. • ^ Windows 11 builds that have this color are no longer the latest version of Windows 11, but are still supported by Microsoft. • ^ Windows 11 builds that have this color are the latest (by SKU) public version of Windows 11. Version history [ edit ] Legend: Old version, not maintained Older version, still maintained Current stable version Latest preview version Version 21H2 [ edit ] The original and current version of Windows 11 (also known as version 21H2) was released in October 2021.

[1] [2] It carries the build number 10.0.22000. The first public preview build was made available to Windows Insiders who opted in to the Dev Channel on June 28, 2021. [3] Preview builds of Windows 11 version 21H2 Version Release date(s) Highlights 10.0.22000.51 [3] Dev Channel: June 28, 2021 Initial preview release See Features new to Windows 11 10.0.22000.65 [4] Dev Channel: July 8, 2021 • Added search box in the Start menu • Updated login experience • Redesigned jumplists and full-screen notifications 10.0.22000.71 [5] Dev Channel: July 15, 2021 • New Entertainment widget in Widgets panel • Redesigned context menus with Acrylic material • Redesigned taskbar previews • New SplitButton control for making new folders and files in the File Explorer's command bar 10.0.22000.100 [6] Dev Channel: July 22, 2021 Beta Channel: July 29, 2021 • Integration of Chat from Microsoft Teams [a] • Improvements to hidden icons flyout, touch keyboard icon, and calendar flyout on the taskbar • Added quick access to Focus assist settings in the Notification Center • Redesigned attention indicator of app's background activity on the taskbar • New animations in the Microsoft Store 10.0.22000.120 [10] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: August 5, 2021 • New Family widget in Widgets panel • Minor updates and improvements • New single dropdown button for making new folders and files in the File Explorer's command bar • New compact context windows 11 release date in the File Explorer • Updated close button in taskbar previews • Adjusted spacing in Alt+ Tab ↹, Task View and snap assist interfaces • Rollout of notification badging for the Chat icon on the taskbar 10.0.22000.132 [11] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: August 12, 2021 • Updates to built-in apps [b] • New Snipping Tool app • Redesigned Calculator, Mail windows 11 release date Calendar apps 10.0.22000.160 [14] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: August 19, 2021 • New Clock app [c] 10.0.22000.168 [17] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: August 27, 2021 • Added multi-language support for Chat from Microsoft Teams • New Microsoft 365 widget in Widgets panel 10.0.22000.176 [18] Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: September 2, 2021 10.0.22000.184 [19] Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: September 9, 2021 Version Release date(s) Highlights Notes: • ^ Rollout of this feature to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel began on July 20, 2021, and to Insiders in the Beta Channel began on August 12, 2021.

[7] [8] [9] • ^ Rollout of this feature to Insiders in the Dev Channel began on August 12, 2021, and to Insiders in the Beta Channel began on September 16, 2021. [12] [13] • ^ Rollout of this feature to Insiders in windows 11 release date Dev Channel began on August 19, 2021, and to Insiders in the Beta Channel began on September 16, 2021. [15] [16] [13] Public patches of Windows 11 version 21H2 Version Knowledge base Release date(s) Highlights 10.0.22000.194 Version 21H2 [13] [1] KB5005635 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: September 16, 2021 Public release: October 4, 2021 10.0.22000.258 [20] KB5006674 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: October 12, 2021 10.0.22000.282 [21] [22] KB5006746 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: October 15, 2021 Public release: October 21, 2021 • New visual design and animations of the Chat icon on the taskbar • Fixed L3 caching latency issue with AMD Ryzen processors 10.0.22000.318 [23] KB5007215 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: November 9, 2021 10.0.22000.346 [24] KB5007262 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: November 12, 2021 • New fluent designed emojis • Added support for Emoji 13.1 • Renamed "Ease of Access" folder in Start menu to "Accessibility" • Improved the animation performance of icons on the taskbar 10.0.22000.348 [25] [26] Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: November 19, 2021 Public release: Windows 11 release date 22, 2021 10.0.22000.376 [27] KB5008215 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: December 14, 2021 10.0.22000.434 [28] KB5009566 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: January 11, 2022 10.0.22000.438 [29] KB5010795 Public release: January 17, 2022 10.0.22000.466 [30] KB5008353 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: January 14, 2022 • New "Your Microsoft account" page in the Settings app • New windows 11 release date feature that suggests relevant Help topics for each Settings page 10.0.22000.469 [31] Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: January 25, 2022 10.0.22000.493 [32] KB5010386 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: February 8, 2022 10.0.22000.526 [33] KB5010414 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: February 10, 2022 • Updated entry point for Widgets on the taskbar • Added a new microphone icon in the taskbar when joining in a Microsoft Teams call • Added the ability to share the content from open app windows directly from the taskbar to any Microsoft Teams meeting call • Added support of cloud-trust hybrid deployment model of Windows Hello for Business • Added clock and date to the taskbars on muitlple connected monitors • Added support for hot adding and the removal of NVMe namespaces 10.0.22000.527 [34] Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: February 15, 2022 • Updates to built-in apps [35] • New Media Player app • Redesigned Notepad app • The general availability of Windows Subsystem for Android (only in the U.S.) 10.0.22000.556 [36] KB5011493 Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release: March 8, 2022 10.0.22000.588 [37] KB5011563 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel: March 15, 2022 • Added the ability to show up to three high priority notifications as stacked and shown alongside the normal priority notification 10.0.22000.593 [38] Release Preview Channel and public release: March 28, 2022 10.0.22000.613 [39] KB5012592 Release Preview Channel and public release: April 12, 2022 10.0.22000.651 [40] KB5012643 Release Preview Channel: April 14, 2022 10.0.22000.652 [41] Release Preview Channel and public release: April 25, 2022 Version Knowledge base Release date(s) Highlights Dev Channel [ edit ] On September 2, 2021, Microsoft announced that Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel will receive builds directly from the rs_prerelease branch, which are not matched to a specific Windows 11 release.

The first build released under this strategy, build 22449, was made available to Insiders on the same day. [42] The ni_release branch has been available since February 16, 2022.

[43] As of build 22567, the version string has been changed from "Dev" to "22H2". Legend: Windows 11 release date preview version Old preview version, unexpired Latest preview version Preview builds of Windows 11 in the Dev Channel Version Release date(s) Expiration date(s) Highlights 10.0.22449.1000 [42] Dev Channel: September 2, 2021 Expiration date: October 31, 2021 • Change to the default behavior of SMB compression • New progressive animation of boot spinner • Redesigned notification area with Acrylic background • New sign-in options button in Start's shutdown menu 10.0.22454.1000 [44] Dev Channel: September 9, 2021 • Redesigned context menu for Recycle Bin on the desktop • Rollout of updated Korean IME [a] 10.0.22458.1000 [45] Dev Channel: September 15, 2021 10.0.22463.1000 [46] Dev Channel: September 22, 2021 10.0.22468.1000 [47] Dev Channel: September 29, 2021 Expiration date: September 15, 2022 • New Paint app [48] 10.0.22471.1000 [49] Dev Channel: October 4, 2021 10.0.22478.1000 [50] Dev Channel: October 14, 2021 • New fluent designed emojis • Added support for Emoji 13.1 10.0.22478.1012 [50] Dev Channel: October 15, 2021 10.0.22483.1000 [51] Dev Channel: October 20, windows 11 release date 10.0.22483.1011 [51] Dev Channel: October 22, 2021 10.0.22489.1000 [52] Dev Channel: October 27, 2021 • Updates to the Settings app • New "Your Microsoft account" page [a] • Split up "Apps & Features" page into "Installed Apps" and "Advanced app settings" pages • Added support for Discovery of Designated Resolvers (DDR) [53] • Renamed Connect app to Wireless Display app 10.0.22494.1000 [54] Dev Channel: November 3, 2021 • Added a new microphone icon in the taskbar when joining in a Microsoft Teams call [a] • Added the ability to show snap groups in Alt+ Tab ↹ and Task View [a] 10.0.22499.1000 [55] Dev Channel: November 10, 2021 • Added the ability to share the content from open app windows directly from the taskbar to any Microsoft Teams meeting call [a] 10.0.22499.1010 [55] Dev Channel: November 12, 2021 10.0.22504.1000 [56] Dev Channel: November 17, 2021 • New Text Input section in the Settings app for customizing UI themes for IMEs, the emoji panel, and voice typing [a] • Added the ability for personalized combinations of emoji [a] • Redesigned Your Phone app 10.0.22504.1010 [56] Dev Channel: November 19, 2021 10.0.22509.1000 [57] Dev Channel: December 1, 2021 • Added the ability to customize the Start menu layout with either more pinned items or recommendations • Performance improvements to web browsing with Microsoft Edge and Narrator 10.0.22509.1011 [57] Dev Channel: December 3, 2021 10.0.22518.1000 [58] Dev Channel: December 8, 2021 • New Voice Access feature • Public rollout of Spotlight collection feature (Introduced in Windows 10 build 20231) • Updated entry point for Widgets on the taskbar [a] • Redesigned input switcher with Acrylic background [a] 10.0.22518.1012 [58] Dev Channel: December 10, 2021 10.0.22523.1000 [59] Dev Channel: December 15, 2021 10.0.22526.1000 [60] Dev Channel: January 6, 2022 • Added the ability to show Alt+ Tab ↹ as windowed mode [a] • Added support for wideband speech when using AirPods products 10.0.22533.1001 [61] Dev Channel: January 12, 2022 • Redesigned flyout for the hardware indicators 10.0.22538.1000 [62] Dev Channel: January 19, 2022 • Added the ability to use touch keyboard with voice access • Updated IMEs and touch keyboard designs on the login screen [a] • Added HTTPS boot for Hyper-V Generation windows 11 release date virtual machines 10.0.22538.1010 [62] Dev Channel: January 21, 2022 10.0.22543.1000 [63] Dev Channel: January 27, 2022 windows 11 release date New natural voices for Narrator • Updated Disks & Volume and Storage Spaces pages in the Settings app • Updated media controls on the lock screen [a] • Improvements to experience of resizing app windows in snap layouts 10.0.22557.1 [43] Dev Channel: February 16, 2022 • New live captions feature • Redesigned Task Manager • New Efficiency mode in Task Manager [a] • Added the ability to create and curate folders in the pinned apps area of Start menu • Improvement to the snap layout experience • Re-added the drag and drop feature on the taskbar • Redesigned accessibility flyout on the login screen • New touch gestures • Improvements to the Setting app • Split "Focus assist" feature into "Do not disturb" and "Focus" • New Power & battery page • Redesigned Date & time and Dial-up pages • Improvements to File Explorer • Extended "Pin to Quick Access" feature to support files • Re-added the ability to show previews of items within folders • Added OneDrive integration to File Explorer to show OneDrive's sync status and quota usage when browsing OneDrive folders • Added the ability to compose an e-mail message directly within the share window without starting Outlook • Improvements to web browsing with Microsoft Edge and Narrator • Improvements to Voice access and Windows Spotlight • New PowerShell module for provisioning language and language related features • Deprecated TKIP and WEP security protocols • Applied requirement with Internet connectivity and Microsoft account during OOBE on the Pro edition 10.0.22563.1 [64] Dev Channel: February 24, 2022 • New simplified view for the taskbar on 2-in-1 PCs [a] • Combined the news and widgets feed in the Widgets panel [a] • New group policy for toggling Windows Update notifications • Added the ability to show recent Microsoft Edge tabs as suggested windows in Snap Assist when an Edge window is snapped • Added support for Emoji 14.0 • Windows 11 release date the ability to select the skin tones between the two hands in the hand-shake emoji • Expanded the search experience from Quick Access to include content from any indexed location • New Bluebooth panel in the Quick Settings [a] 10.0.22567.1 [65] Dev Channel: March 2, 2022 • New Windows Update mechanism for prioritizing installing updates in the background when more renewable energy sources are available [a] • Improvements to the Setting app • Moved Microsoft 365 subscription page to the main Accounts page [a] • New payment details under the Microsoft 365 subscription page [a] • New Smart App Control (SAC) feature in the Windows Security for blocking untrusted applications • New Android phone linking page windows 11 release date OOBE • Redesigned "Open With" dialog box [a] • New multi-finger touch gestures for swiping down/up to minimize or restore all open windows 10.0.22567.100 [65] Dev Channel: March 4, 2022 10.0.22567.200 [65] Dev Channel: March 7, 2022 10.0.22572.1 [66] Dev Channel: March 9, 2022 • Included Microsoft Family and Clipchamp as inbox apps • New highlights feature for Search on the taskbar [a] • Redesigned print queue experience • Redesigned icons for Quick Assist and Windows Sandbox • Expanded Narrator's natural voices to all English languages 10.0.22572.100 [66] Dev Channel: March 11, 2022 10.0.22572.201 [66] Dev Channel: March 14, 2022 10.0.22579.1 [67] Dev Channel: March 18, 2022 • New group policy for excluding USB removable drives from BitLocker encryption • Redesigned icons for the magnifier and on-screen keyboard • Added the ability to rename app folders in the Start menu • New pinned site suggestion section in the Get Started app • New animation for multi-finger touch gestures when using three windows 11 release date to swipe left and right and switch between recently used windows • Reverted the redesigned "Open With" dialog box for maintenance 10.0.22579.100 [67] Dev Channel: March 22, 2022 10.0.22581.1 [68] Windows 11 release date Channel and Beta Channel: March 23, 2022 10.0.22581.100 [68] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: March 25, 2022 10.0.22581.200 [68] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: March 29, 2022 10.0.22593.1 [69] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: April 6, 2022 • Renamed Quick Access page in File Explorer to Home • Added the ability to search recent and pinned online files (e.g.

Office files) in File Explorer's search box • Updated Adlam and Pashto keyboard layouts 10.0.22598.1 [70] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: April 13, 2022 • Added the ability to display desktop windows 11 release date with 4K resolution in Windows Spotlight [a] 10.0.22598.100 [70] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: April 15, 2022 10.0.22598.200 [70] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: April 19, 2022 10.0.22610.1 [71] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: April 29, 2022 N/A • Updates to the Family Safety widget • Added the ability to show colors based on users' custom accent color under the Processes page in Task Manager • Reverted the tablet-optimized taskbar in for maintenance • Applied the policy for disabling the SMB 1.0 client by default on the Home edition [72] • Reactivated TKIP and WEP security protocols 10.0.22616.1 [73] Dev Channel and Beta Channel: May 5, 2022 • The unified hitboxes for Win32 system tray icons and the "show hidden icons" flyout has been reverted for maintenance.

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5 -- the first major upgrade in six years. Windows 11 is available as a free download for existing Windows 10 users, but it's not yet available for every compatible Windows device. And every major new feature promised isn't available right now. (Microsoft announced this windows 11 release date an August blog post). We've already tested and published a full review of Windows 11 (it's familiar but fresh, with a Mac-like design). You can expect a few new multitasking features, and the Start menu is in a new place.

However, it will not include one of the most anticipated updates: support for Android mobile apps in its new app store. Microsoft also didn't offer a date for when Android apps would be available windows 11 release date, other than saying that it would roll out in a "preview" test "over the coming months," according to the post.

3:43 There's a lot to look forward to. But even if your device hasn't been prompted to update, you can still check to see if you meet the compatibility requirements. Heads up, (you'll need to be running Windows 10 first to do so -- here's how to download Windows 10 windows 11 release date free if you haven't yet).

And just because you have a compatible Windows device doesn't mean you'll be able to run Windows 11 starting today. Microsoft said the launch will be "phased and measured," with new eligible devices getting the upgrade first and the rest getting offered the free upgrade sometime between October and mid-2022, depending on your hardware, age of device and other factors. You'll get a notification from Windows Update letting you know when Windows 11 is available to you, or you can check manually (here's more on how to download Windows 11 before your system asks you to). 3:55 While you wait for Microsoft's new operating system to arrive, you can check to see if your computer will be able to automatically update to Windows 11 (you'll need to be running Windows 10 first to do so -- here's how to download Windows 10 for free if you haven't yet).

But even if it isn't deemed compatible, there will be a way to manually download a version that is not supported by Microsoft. And here's how to set the default search engine, if you'd rather not use Bing. You also don't have to upgrade to Windows 11 right away if you don't want to -- Microsoft will still support Windows 10 through October 2025. For more, check out the every big difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11 and what you'll need to do before you upgrade to Windows 11.Â
• Windows 11 review: We like it but you shouldn't be upgrading today • Release date: October 5, 2021 • Price: Free upgrade for existing Windows 10 users • How to install Windows 11 • Interface changes: New, rounded design • Redesigned Microsoft store and support for Android Apps • Better Xbox app integration • AutoHDR makes old games look more vibrant • DirectStorage will bolster SSDs on Windows 11 Windows 11 has brought a new lick of paint to Microsoft's OS.

There's a brand new look for the desktop, a major UI redesign, and big changes to the core Microsoft OS apps and services that we've come to rely upon in PC gaming. Most importantly of all, though, Microsoft says Windows 11 was built for gamers. And all of that was meant to arrive October 5, 2021. Except, frustratingly, many of the promised features and refurbished apps aren't included in the launch day build.

The new Windows Store is present and correct, though we're still waiting for Android apps to make their anticipated appearance, and AutoHDR is there, but no DirectStorage, and the prettified Paint is notably absent, too. Prior to the official announcement, however, it wasn't clear what the future of the Windows OS would be. The general expectation was that the changes to the Windows UI, codenamed Sun Valley, would simply roll at as yet another Windows 10 update.

And in many respects, that's what Windows 11 is, another update to Windows 10, albeit one that Microsoft's marketing department can get behind. What is the Windows 11 release date? Windows 11 was made available for new machines starting October 5, 2021 and the Windows 11 ISO download went live at the same time, so anyone can either update their existing machine without waiting for a prompt or do a fresh install themselves.

Updates to existing Windows 10 users should start to roll out from now, and Microsoft hopes to have offered Windows 11 to every compatible machine by mid-2022.

Microsoft confirmed Windows 11 would begin to rollout from October 5, 2021. This expands on a blog post by Panos Panaythe Chief Product Officer of Windows, which stated "Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday." This release date for Windows 11 is mostly for new machines, with the update for existing Windows 10 users following after.

So don't be surprised if you still haven't been offered the switch, it's probably a good thing because this should mean any bugs and problems will be (mostly) sorted by the time you can upgrade.

If you can upgrade, that is, all assuming you have a TPM 2.0 compatible machine. If you're eager to see what all the fuss is about, then you could install the Windows 11 ISO right now. That said, we wouldn't recommend installing it on your main machine, as it's still early in the release schedule and there's a good chance it won't work flawlessly. Windows 11 new features (Image credit: Microsoft) The new Windows UI The most obvious changes to Windows 11 are on the user interface (UI) front.

Microsoft has always had a tendency to mess with its UI, and for Windows 11, it hasn't held back.

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There's a new look for existing windows, and it's revisited its frosted-glass effect for some overlapping panels. The start button has moved, widgets are making a comeback, and The general ethos is a move to a softer, more-rounded theme. Windows no longer has the right-angle corners we've become accustomed to but are rounded instead. It's a subtle change, but it's it does have a different feel—at least it does when the windows are not full screen.

The other major change is the shifting of the taskbar to the middle of the screen, as opposed to being squeezed into the bottom left-hand corner. Worry not though, you can move it back to how it works in Windows 10 with the flick of a switch on the Taskbar Settings screen.

How you arrange your windows on the screen has also enjoyed a long-overdue shot in the arm. Hovering your mouse over the maximize icon results in a drop-down palette that lets you select how you want the various windows to be arranged. You have some control over such things in Windows 10, but with easy support for windows taking up a third of the screen, or quarters, this can make for a much neater layout.

This is particularly useful if you're rocking a large 4K screen and you want to view several apps at the same time. One aesthetic change that is rumored to be coming to Windows 11 is an end to the Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD if you prefer. Don't worry though, that BSOD acronym will still be preserved (in English at least), as it's changing to the Black Screen of Death—which sounds far more metal. (Image credit: Microsoft) Windows 11 redesigned Microsoft Store Windows 11 features a new version of the Microsoft Store, with a new windows 11 release date and a broader selection of apps.

This new store is meant to have an easier to use and better-curated digital storefront. It should also be faster, "We rebuilt for speed", said Panos Panay during the Windows 11 announcement. So far our experience of it is much the same as the rest of Windows 11. it's fine. But it's also still mostly filled with apps you'd likely download direct from your browser, or wouldn't want to touch at all. But that should change with future updates. The new-look Microsoft Store will be coming to Windows 10 as well.

One of the most surprising announcements about the Microsoft Store, other than the fact that Microsoft isn't prepared to give up on it just yet, is that you'll be able to run Android apps on your Windows PC. Microsoft has sided with Amazon to bring its particular brand of apps to the Microsoft Store, but you'll be able windows 11 release date sideload apk files from elsewhere.

This comes courtesy of the work Intel has been doing with its Bridge Technology, but don't worry, it'll run on AMD CPUs as well. The new store has also started to feature apps for other storefronts too, such as Epic and Amazon.

Windows 11 for gaming (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft is making a bold claim with Windows 11 that it will be the "The best Windows ever for PC Gaming." Since we've all been using Windows for gaming on PCs for… well forever, I suppose that is a sign that Microsoft is taking gaming seriously—something it has tended to take for granted in the past.

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It claims that Windows 11 will be the fastest option for gamers, with two technologies being exclusive to the latest OS: Auto HDR and DirectStorage.

Windows 11 also sees better integration of the Xbox app into Windows. AutoHDR gives games a boost Auto HDR has been shown off in the Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 for a few months now, and previous to that it's a technology that Microsoft has used on the Xbox Series X/S. Windows 11 release date doesn't work with every game, although Microsoft says that any DirectX 11 game should benefit from it. You obviously need an HDR-compatible screen to get the most from it, but the results can make a profound difference.

Not as much as the gaming being coded for HDR in the first place, but it could potentially give a new lease of life to some games that are no longer being actively developed.

Microsoft showed off the technology at the Windows 11 announcement event using Skyrim, which certainly looked a bit more vibrant, although it did lose some of its subdued charm in the process. I have a feeling that purists are going to shun this option, while anyone looking to show off their HDR screen is going to be all over it.

(Image credit: Microsoft, WD) DirectStorage lightens the CPU load The decision to make DirectStorage a Windows 11 exclusive was a bit controversial, as this is a technology that has long been expected to make the most of the NVMe SSDs that many of us have in our machines. Thankfully it looks like that suggestion was in error, as a recent DirectX developer preview will bring the new feature to modern Windows 10 builds too.

It's already been revealed that you won't need to have the very fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs to gain the benefits of DirectStorage, as it will work with PCIe 3.0 SSDs, but we'll have to see how this all pans out.

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The promise with DirectStorage is that it will make game loading levels and textures much quicker, potentially allowing game developers to build games in a completely different way. It will also reduce the CPU load, and could potentially deliver a bit of a performance boost. Though the impact of that could end up being rather negligible in today's gaming PCs. Streaming environments in a more efficient way sound like a great idea, but how are games developers going to allow for the completely different types of drives gamers have in their machines?

I mean some PC gamers are still running on hard drives after all. The fact that this is going to be coming to the Xbox Series X/S could work in its favour here, and give developers an opportunity to say, look you're going to need an NVMe SSD to play this game. It's going to be a while before we start seeing games that make the most of DirectStorage, and with PCs not getting support until Windows 11 is released at the end of the year, plenty could change before the first games supporting the tech are revealed.

Windows 11 system requirements (Image credit: Microsoft) What are the system requirements for Windows 11? The core system requirements for Windows 11 aren't too different from what Windows 10 asks for, at least as far as the processor, RAM, and graphics card are concerned. There is currently the inclusion of a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 though, that could scupper some upgrade plans. The full specifications are: • Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores windows 11 release date a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC) • Memory: 4 GB RAM • Storage: 64 Windows 11 release date or larger storage device • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 • Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x • Display: >9-inch with HD Resolution (720p) • Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home You'll notice from those requirements that Windows 11 is not limited to x86 CPUs, and we've already seen the Insider Preview installed on some interesting hardware.

The not-so-humble-anymore Raspberry Pi 4.0 can run Windows 11, which isn't bad for a system that can be had for as little as $55. There are reports emerging of powerful smartphones also managing the feat.

The issue for some, however, lies in what constitutes a 'compatible' CPU to Microsoft. To pass this test, you'll need a relatively modern CPU, but that's not always enough. AMD Zen and older CPUs from the red team don't make the cut, neither do most Intel 7th Gen chips. Windows 11 price How much does Windows 11 cost?

Microsoft has announced that the new Windows 11 OS release will be available as a free update to licensed Windows 10 users. People buying PCs today will therefore be eligible for a free upgrade now that Windows 11 has launched. Alan Dexter • • Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load.

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Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Microsoft is announcing that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs, or on new hardware that ships with Windows 11 pre-loaded.

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The free upgrade to Windows 11 will start rolling out on October 5th, but like many Windows upgrades windows 11 release date the past, it will be available in phases. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first, and then Windows 11 will become available for more in-market devices in the weeks and months following October 5th. “Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience,” explains Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft.

“We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.” On existing Windows 10 PCs, Windows Update will let people know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11. You can also check to see if your device is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade through Windows Update, or Microsoft’s dedicated PC Health Check app ( currently in preview). Android apps on Windows 11 won’t appear at launch. While Windows 11 will be launching on October 5th, not all of the announced features will be available.

Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 in partnership with Amazon and Intel, but this feature won’t be available on October 5th. A preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will be available for Windows Insiders in the coming months, suggesting that it likely won’t launch to all Windows 11 users until 2022.

Microsoft clarified its minimum system requirements for Windows 11 last week, but also revealed a workaround for those who don’t meet them. You can install Windows 11 on any hardware using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a TPM windows 11 release date chip. But if you use the workaround, your PC will be in an unsupported state.

This means an unsupported Windows 11 PC might not get access to Windows Update, and even security patches. If your PC isn’t fully compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft is still supporting Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025. It’s not clear how many major updates Microsoft will release for Windows 10 over the next four years, though. A 21H2 update is arriving for Windows 10 users later this year that includes GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Windows Hello improvements, and WPA3 H2E Wi-Fi security support.
What you need to know • Windows 11 version 22H2 is the next major update coming to Microsoft's OS in the second half of this year.

• Its main focus is on continued polish, OS productivity enhancements, and improvements for tablet users. • Version 22H2 will be delivered as a free update for all Windows 11 users. Microsoft is currently hard at work on the next major version of Windows, which will also serve as Windows 11's first big OS feature update. Known currently as "version 22H2" and codenamed "Sun Valley 2," this next release is set to continue the vision that was first introduced with Windows 11 last year, with the continuation of new features, UI improvements, and much more.

Development on version 22H2 began shortly before Windows 11 was finalized, and it's currently in testing with participants of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program, which see's weekly "active development" builds with new features that we expect will ship as part of the version 22H2 release. Version 22H2: What's new? (so far) Here's the TL:DR: • App folders in Start menu • Resizable pinned area in Start menu • Drag and Drop on the Taskbar • System Tray updates • Focus Assist integration with Notification Center • New "spotlight" wallpaper feature • New Voice Access accessibility feature • New Live Captions accessibility feature • New gestures and animations for touch users • New minimized Taskbar interface for tablets • New snap layouts bar when moving app windows • New Task Manager app • Better OneDrive integration with File Explorer • Numerous UI improvements and consistency updates This is not windows 11 release date comprehensive list, but rather a quick run-down of the most notable changes and improvements that are expected to ship as part of version 22H2.

Keep reading for a more in-depth breakdown of new features. Of course, there are also hundreds, if not thousands of fixes and under the hood enhancements that Microsoft is baking into the next release that we haven't detailed. Version 22H2: When is it coming? Windows 11 version 22H2 is expected to ship in the second half of this year. Our sources tell us that version 22H2 is scheduled to reach a "final build" sometime in May, with work continuing throughout the summer on bug fixes and other improvements that will be delivered via cumulative updates to Insiders and eventually the public once version 22H2 is ready to roll out, likely in the September or October timeframe.

Version 22H2: New features Here's a more in-depth look at some of the new features coming with version 22H2. Windows Shell The Windows Shell is getting a lot of love with version 22H2. Microsoft is continuing to clean up the UI by updating legacy interfaces with more modern, consistent Windows 11 designs.

For example, version 22H2 introduces modern designs for things like the volume and brightness interfaces that pop up when adjusting those controls via physical hardware buttons. The System Tray is getting updated too, with a new system for pinning and unpinning apps to the System Tray area, and integration with Focus Assist in the Notification Center for easy access to that feature.

In the Start menu, Microsoft has added back several features that were present on the Windows 10 Start menu, including the ability to create app windows 11 release date and adjust the size of the pinned apps area.

Now, users can choose to have an extra row pinned apps, or reduce the pinned apps area to two rows in favor of a larger "Recommended" area.

The Taskbar has also been updated with the return of drag and drop support, meaning you can drag files into app icons on your Taskbar to paste that file into it. This has been a functionality windows 11 release date the Taskbar for years, but it was missing from the first version of Windows 11. Good to see it's finally back with version 22H2. For touch users, Microsoft is introducing several significant new changes designed to enhance the touch-first user experience on Windows 11.

Beginning with version 22H2, the Taskbar will now minimize when Windows detects it's being used on a tablet, just like iPadOS. To access the Taskbar, a short swipe from the bottom of your display will reveal your pinned Taskbar apps and the system tray.

This allows your apps to run with more screen space, as the Taskbar no longer takes up needless pixels along the bottom of your display. Microsoft has also introduced new gestures for touch users that enable easy access to common areas of the Windows Shell.

Users can now swipe up from the bottom of the display to access the Start menu and swipe from the right corner to access Quick Settings. A three-finger swipe down the middle of the screen will minimize your apps, and a three-finger swipe left or right will switch between running apps.

Windows 11 release date of these animations are also fluid, meaning they stick to your finger when being performed, feeling much more responsive as a result. Settings As is the case with every new version of Windows, Microsoft has added several new settings pages to the Settings app with 22H2.

There's a new Microsoft Account page in the Accounts area, providing an overview of your Microsoft 365 subscription, with quick access to other online settings and services. There's also a new Family Safety page in the same area, designed to provide quick access to all the Family Safety options if you use that service. Windows Update can now time itself with your local electricity grid to help reduce emissions. Instead of installing updates when available, Windows Update will attempt to time downloads and installs with your electricity grid to use as much renewable energy as possible.

Other new settings include the ability to adjust how many pinned or recommended rows you see in Start, the ability to set the Bing daily image as a desktop wallpaper, the option to turn off the System Tray overflow menu, and more. Apps Microsoft has updated a number of in-box apps and experiences with version 22H2.

Starting with File Explorer, which now has a new "pinned files" section in the Quick Access area when you open the app. Users can pin any files to this area and have them stored permanently for quick access at a later date. The File Explorer now has more OneDrive integration too, with a new drop-down menu that appears when inside a OneDrive directly which shows you how much cloud storage you're using.

Task Manager has been updated with a new interface that brings it more in line with the rest of Windows 11. It has a new sidebar navigation UI that automatically collapses when you shrink the size of the window. Pre-loaded with version 22H2 are two new apps called Clipchamp and Family Safety. Family Safety is a web app that gives you quick access to your family overview, including the locations of your children, upcoming activities in your shared family calendar, and other tools to manage your household.

This service is great for families who use Windows and Xbox PCs, or Android devices with the Microsoft Launcher and Family Safety app installed. Clipchamp is a new web-based video editor, also shipping with Windows 11 moving forward.

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In this article Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence. Windows 11 feature updates will release in the second half windows 11 release date the calendar year and will come with 24 months of support for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions; 36 months of support for Enterprise and Education editions. We recommend that you begin deployment of each feature update promptly to gain access to new features, experiences, and integrated security as soon as possible.

For monthly security updates, Windows 11 uses the familiar Windows cumulative update process, also referred to as a "B" release, Patch Tuesday, or Update Tuesday. These monthly releases will continue to contain all previous updates to keep devices protected and productive.

For information about servicing timelines, see the Windows lifecycle FAQ. Windows 11 current versions (All dates are listed in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DD) Servicing channels Version Servicing option Availability date Latest revision date Latest build End of servicing: Home, Pro, Pro Education and Pro for Workstations End of servicing: Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise 21H2 (original release) General Availability Channel 2021-10-04 windows 11 release date 22000.652 2023-10-10 2024-10-08 Windows 11 release history Learn more about the contents of Windows 11 updates at Windows 11 Update History.

Version 21H2 (original release) (OS build 22000) Windows 11 will be offered as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 devices using a phased and measured approach with a focus on quality. Organizations can choose when and how to upgrade the devices they manage. For more details, see the How to get Windows 11. Servicing option Availability date Build KB article General Availability Channel 2022-04-25 22000.652 KB5012643 General Availability Channel 2022-04-12 22000.613 KB5012592 General Availability Channel 2022-03-28 22000.593 KB5011563 General Availability Channel 2022-03-08 22000.556 KB5011493 General Availability Channel 2022-02-15 22000.527 KB5010414 General Availability Channel 2022-02-08 22000.493 KB5010386 General Availability Channel 2022-01-25 22000.469 KB5008353 General Availability Channel 2022-01-17 22000.438 KB5010795 General Availability Channel 2022-01-11 22000.434 KB5009566 General Availability Channel 2021-12-14 22000.376 KB5008215 General Availability Channel 2021-11-22 windows 11 release date KB5007262 General Availability Channel 2021-11-09 22000.318 KB5007215 General Availability Channel 2021-10-21 22000.282 KB5006746 General Availability Channel 2021-10-12 22000.258 KB5006674 General Availability Channel 2021-10-04 22000.194Products • MiniTool Partition Wizard Award winning disk management utility tool for everyone • MiniTool Power Data Recovery Complete data recovery solution with no compromise • MiniTool Photo Recovery Quick, easy solution for media file disaster recovery • MiniTool Mobile Recovery Android, iOS data recovery for mobile device • MiniTool ShadowMaker Backup and Restore data with ease Windows 11 Official Release Date for Public to Download Windows 11 official release date to the public is set for October 5, 2021.

Windows 11 New Features Start: Windows 11 Start menu has changed. It includes some pinned apps at the center and shows your recently opened files or activities.

To view the whole list of apps like that in Windows 10 Start, you can click the All apps button. Taskbar: The Taskbar of Windows 11 is also centered with new animations. File Explorer: Windows 11 File Explorer is more modern and with a new command bar. Themes: Windows 11 includes both dark and light mode. It also provides many other themes and lets you make Windows as you like. Multitasking: Includes a more creative multitasking feature.

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New Microsoft Store: Windows 11 supports Android apps in the new Microsoft Store. You can use your favorite Android apps on Windows now. Microsoft Teams: It is integrated into the Windows 11 user interface and is accessible with the taskbar.

For more detailed features of Windows 11, you can visit Microsoft's official website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11. Read More Will Windows 11 Be a Free Update? On the Windows 11 launch date, Microsoft indicates that Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to compatible Windows 10 devices through Windows Update when it rolls out. It means that if you upgrade from Windows 10, you can retain your license and remain activated. But for OEMs or standalone purchases, it may still require a Windows 11 license.

The price is not announced yet. To install Windows 11, your PC should meet the system requirements to run Windows 11. Windows 11 system requirements: • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Windows 11 release date (SoC).

• RAM: 4GB. • Storage: 64GB or larger storage. • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable. • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.

• Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver. • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel. Related posts: How to Check PC Full Specs Windows 10 How to Check Graphics Card Windows 10 Read More How to Download and Install Windows 11 Beta? Since the release date of Windows 11, users can test the Windows 11 OS now through the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft has released the official preview build of Windows 11 for Insiders in the Dev Channel.

Tech fans can sign into the Windows Insider Program to install the first preview build of Windows 11. To get the first preview of Windows 11, you can also use Windows Update. You can click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security – Windows Update, and click Check for updates button to automatically check for newer OS updates.

If your Windows 10 computer meets the hardware requirements of Windows 11, you may be able to successfully upgrade to Windows 11. But there may be some incompatibility issues and bugs in the first build of Windows 11, you can think twice before you update from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Still, if you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, you can continue to use Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. To Sum Up This post introduces Microsoft Windows 11 release date, new features, how to download and install Windows 11, how to upgrade to Windows 11, etc.

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Recurring memberships are automatically charged at the then-current regular price (subject to change; plus applicable taxes) unless cancelled ( account.microsoft.com/services).

• 4 Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-11-specifications. • 6 Some apps and games sold separately. • 7 Windows 11 upgrade is available for eligible PCs that meet minimum device specifications. Upgrade timing may vary by device. Internet service fees may apply.

Features and app availability may vary by region. Certain features require specific hardware (see Windows 11 Specifications). • 8 PCs with Windows 10 will continue to get regular security updates until end of support—no sooner than 2025. • 9 For computers with Windows 10 in S mode, download this version of Windows 11 release date Health Check app. • 10 Certain apps only available through Microsoft Store app in Windows 11.

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