Is the release date for Windows 11 set? Microsoft may have overlooked an important detail.
MICROSOFT may have inadvertently revealed the global release date for its much-anticipated Windows 11 upgrade.
Microsoft released Windows 11 a little over a month ago, and it’s quickly become one of the year’s most anticipated software releases. Windows 11 is the “next-generation” of Microsoft’s venerable desktop operating system, which the company claims will build the groundwork for the next ten years.
Later this year, Windows 11 will be available on new desktops, tablets, hybrid devices, and laptops, with a free update for existing Windows 10 consumers expected in 2022.
Microsoft refused to provide a specific release date for either of these Windows 11 releases during its launch event, with “Holiday 2021” being the sole known delivery window.
Thanks to a new Microsoft publication, that broad release date period appears to have been restricted. According to Windows Latest, Windows 11 could be released in October or November of this year.
For quite some time, rumors have been circulating that Windows 11 would be released around this time. In a support article, Microsoft may have given the clearest indication yet of when the new OS will be released.
Microsoft’s “Windows 11 version 21H2 device driver submissions” documentation, which was published on June 24, teased the release date. Microsoft uses this type of document to notify OEMs when they need to submit driver submissions so that they don’t miss any forthcoming key launches.
OEMs must submit their final drivers for the Windows 11 version 21H2 update by the end of September, according to a Microsoft document.
“Partners seeking compatibility for systems shipping with Windows 11, version 21H2 Release may factory-install drivers for components that achieved compatibility with Windows 10, version 2004 until September 24, 2021,” the Windows makers said.
Later, Microsoft confirmed that this deadline applies only to Windows 11 version 21H2, not Windows 10 version 21H2.
According to Windows Latest, if everything goes according to plan, Windows 11 could be released four weeks later, in late October or early November.
Other rumors indicate that Windows 11 will be released around this time, although Microsoft has yet to confirm whether or not this is the case.
As with any rumor, it’s wise to take it with a grain of salt. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”