Microsoft has announced Windows 11 release today, which is set to go official on October 5th, 2021 worldwide as a one time release. The next-generation Windows operating system has been previewed a while ago through the company’s Insider programs via Dev and Beta channels, for those who were interested in testing it out, of course with supported hardware. Nonetheless, the Windows 11 launch is nearing almost a month and it appears a major feature is expected to be skipped to later, according to Microsoft.
Windows 11 hosts a slew of features and is a substantial upgrade for current Windows 10 users. They include a complete redesign, a centred approach for the taskbar, a new Microsoft Store, Snap Layouts (for better multitasking), integrated Microsoft Teams, an AI-powered personalised, and several other features including gaming. The features surely cannot be listed in a single paragraph here; hence stuck with few major ones.
Windows 11 Release
Microsoft further suggests the rollout of the new release of Windows would begin on October 5th, and it will be in a phased manner. This translates to new eligible devices that should be getting the update first, followed by hardware eligibility. The company further expects all eligible devices will be offered this free upgrade by mid-2022. Users with eligible devices can start checking their system preferences’ Windows Update section to check whether the update is available to their PCs, laptops, or notebooks.
In its statement Microsoft implies that it has worked closely with OEM makers, Asus, for instance, it’s Swift 5 (SF514-55), Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363, and other models from Dell — XPS 13, Alienware’s X-series, could be some of the first devices to get Windows 11 update starting from October 5th, 2021.
For those who are interested in checking out their hardware eligibility, Microsoft confirms that it would relaunch the PC Health Check app soon. And for users who are not interested in waiting that far can check the Windows 11 minimum system requirements here.
The other anticipated feature, which is likely to be skipped with this Windows 11 release on October 5th is the support Android apps feature. This has been a much-awaited feature for existing Windows users, and users who are on beta, dev channels of Windows 11 as well; During the Windows 11 announcement, the company has announced a new Microsoft Store alongside native Android apps support as well. Meaning, a user could install Android app versions of Instagram, TikTok, to name a few. This feature was backed by a collaboration of Microsoft, Intel and Amazon.
This new feature is likely skipped with the October release of Windows 11, but Microsoft promises it would be released later in the coming months with Windows Insiders program users being the first ones to test it out.