Windows 11 Release Date Confirmed!
Microsoft has set a release date of the latest version of its best-selling operating system Windows 11 on Oct. 5, which the company announced in a blog post; "the first version of a new era of Windows,". The operating system is a long-awaited successor to Windows 10, which was released back in 2015.
- Microsoft is set to release Windows 11, the latest version of its best-selling operating system, on Oct. 5.
- Windows 11 features several upgrades for productivity in a hybrid work environment, a new Microsoft store, and is the "best Windows ever for gaming."
- Analysts estimate that Windows 11 will contribute 19% of Microsoft's overall profit margins for this year,
- Windows 11 features several updates aimed at many customer segments. For example, it has an updated Start menu and a sleek design of rounded corners and sharper colors that some say is similar to Apple Mac OS.
The operating system is also equipped with a new Microsoft store for apps and games that allows access to Android apps. The company is also going head-to-head with competitor Apple by making the store more developer-friendly. Microsoft plans to take a 15% cut, as opposed to Apple's standard 30% share, from developers for apps on its platform. With integrated gaming subscription services and graphics features that make games more lifelike, Windows 11 is also being touted as the "best Windows ever for gaming."
Windows 11 also provides easy access to Microsoft Teams, the company's virtual meeting software, and incorporates features like expanded gesture, voice, and pen interactivity to make it easier to participate in office conferences and school instruction.
On Oct. 5, Windows 10 PCs will be upgraded to Windows 11. Devices with the new operating system will also become available for purchase on that date. The new operating system will work on machines equipped with processors dating back all the way to 2016 Intel chips.
Aaron Woodman, General Manager of Windows Marketing, says that Microsoft expects every eligible device to be offered the free upgrade by mid-2022. Once your Windows 10 device is eligible, Windows Update will let you know when you can upgrade. If you’re getting antsy, you can also manually check by going to Settings > Windows Update and clicking “Check for updates.” You can also visit Microsoft's Windows 11 site for more information.
Microsoft also took the opportunity to highlight some of the most notable features of Windows 11. As you’ve seen in screenshots and videos, Microsoft has totally refreshed the user interface. Everything from the Start menu to the toolbar to the menus look and sound different on Windows 11. Microsoft is also introducing Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops to improve multitasking. Microsoft has also integrated Teams directly into the toolbar. There are also new Widgets, an overhauled Microsoft Store, accessibility improvements, and more.
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