- Microsoft has announced the release date of Windows 11
- It will be rolled out in a phased manner and as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users
- The next-generation OS packs a host of new features
Microsoft Windows 11 will be available on October 5th. The Redmond-based company announced the release date on its official blog. The next generation of Microsoft’s software version was announced in June this year.
Windows 10 users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11. However, users’ devices need to be compatible with the next-generation software version. Windows 11 will arrive as the successor to Windows 10 (that was released 6 years ago) with a host of new features and significant improvements.
As perfect as 11.11 *would* be, we just couldn't wait any longer to make #Windows11 available. Get it October 5th, and read all about it now.
— Windows (@Windows) August 31, 2021
Windows 11 will release on October 5th
The Windows 11 free upgrade will start rolling out on October 5th but it will be available in a phased manner. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first and the software version will then roll out to more compatible devices in the coming weeks. This is to ensure the best possible experience of the OS and that no critical bugs or issues are found. Microsoft says that it expects all eligible devices to be upgraded to Windows 11 by mid-2022.
If you have a PC or laptop that runs on Windows 10, Windows update will inform you when the free upgrade to Windows 11 is available. Additionally, you can also check if your device is compatible by going to Settings > Windows Update > select Check for Updates. In the blog post, Microsoft also said that it will be relaunching the PC Health Check app soon (it was taken down due to negative feedback) to check the compatibility of the upcoming OS on user’s devices.
The minimum requirements for installing Windows 11 are a 64-bit 1GHz or faster processor with two or more cores, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a TPM 2.0 chip. Microsoft warned that user’s PC might become unstable if they install the upcoming software version using a workaround. For devices not compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft will still support Windows 10 till October 24th, 2025.