- The Windows 11 release date was teased last week
- Several press images suggest it will be releasing in October
- It will arrive as free upgrade for Windows 10 users
The Windows 11 release date was teased during the launch event that was held last week. While the company claimed that the new OS will be available to users later this year without clearly mention a date or month, it did tease an October release through the Windows 11 press images.
Windows 11 is the next major OS upgrade for the six-year-old Windows 10. Apart from the revamped user desktop experience, it comes with new themes, widgets, enhanced multitasking features, new settings apps, and support for Android apps.
Windows 11 release date
According to The Verge, an image of the Microsoft Teams message that was shown at the Windows 11 launch event hinted at its release date. The message by Microsoft engineer for Surface devices, Steve Bathiche to Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay either hinted the Windows 11 release date or the arrival of new Surface devices or both in October.
The Windows 11 release date also appeared in press images. The October 20th date and 11:11am time stamp can be seen in many of the press images for Windows 11. One of the images also includes the October 6th date. Hence, it appears that the Redmond-based firm is likely to release the new OS in October.
In addition, the publication has learned from sources with Microsoft plans that it is aiming to release Windows 11 in October. One of the recent advertisements of US retailer Walmart promises a “free Upgrade to Windows October 2021 when available” on the notebooks it is currently selling.
Windows 11 system requirements
Last week, Microsoft also confirmed the minimum system requirements to let users know which devices will receive the Windows 11 upgrade. It mentioned that systems having 8th generation and newer Intel CPUs, Intel Apollo Lake, newer Pentium and Celeron CPUs, AMD Ryzen 2000 or newer processors, and 2nd generation or newer AMD EPYC chips can receive the new OS update. Windows 11 upgrade devices are also required to have a TPM chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage.
Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. Those who have enrolled in the Insider program can now try the first preview edition of Windows 11. The first beta has several new features, but the company hasn’t added support for Teams integration and Android apps yet.