It’s a go! After testing Windows 11 for a couple of months, Microsoft is confident enough that it has announced that it will release the operating system on October 5.
The OS will ship to new and existing PCs on this date. This is something that has been known for quite some time, even if most signs hinted at the OS launching towards the end of the month. But the start of October works perfectly fine too.
And as in the norm, the rollout will take a phased approach.
Redmond made things official in a blog post today, confirming that while Windows 11 will launch on this day, not everyone will get the update on October 5. The software giant plans to roll out the update to new eligible devices first, and then use intelligent models to decide the rollout for other machines.
If things go according to plan, the company should have the OS deployed on all eligible devices by the middle of next year:
“The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”
As previously noted, Microsoft will provide Windows 11 as a free upgrade to existing Windows 10 users that have eligible hardware.
They will simply be able to go to Windows Update and check for the update availability there. This corner of the operating system should also notify them whether their device houses the circuitry necessary to run the operating system the way it’s meant to be run.
Microsoft also lists the new Windows 11 compatible that will be coming to market in the near future, including devices like the Acer Swift X, ASUS ZenBook Flip 13, Dell Alienware X, and more.
It promises to be a new dawn for the Windows platform.
And October 5 can’t come soon enough!