When will Windows 10 users be able to upgrade to the new operating system?
WHEN WILL WORLDWIDE USERS BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL WINDOWS 11? It’s a little trickier than you may think.
This week, Microsoft announced Windows 11 at a live webcast event from its headquarters. The all-new desktop operating system includes a nearly unrecognizable Start Menu, speed improvements for gamers, access to the Xbox collection via Game Pass, interactive widgets, and a bewildering array of new layouts for multitasking numerous programs on-screen. New themes are also available, as well as tight integration with Microsoft Teams.
Overall, it’s a significant upgrade. And, best of all, Microsoft has announced that it will be available for free to everybody who is now using Windows 10. Of course, if you still have Windows 7 or Windows 8, there’s still time to acquire a free upgrade to Windows 10. (and therefore get the bump to Windows 11).
But when will consumers be able to view this rebuilt and feature-rich new version of Windows, which Microsoft has dubbed “the cornerstone” of the operating system used by over 1.3 billion people in the next decade?
That is debatable. Microsoft didn’t offer a specific release date during its live-streamed speech, but more information has emerged since then. If you’re in the market for a new laptop or desktop computer, you’ll almost certainly receive Windows 11 first.
Microsoft says Windows 11 will be available “later this year,” although this appears to refer to new laptops, two-in-one hybrid devices, tablets, and desktop PCs that come preloaded with the new operating system, rather than upgrades for existing Windows 10 machines. Microsoft often refreshes its own devices in October or November, so expect to see a new batch of Surface-branded laptops and desktop PCs to demonstrate the operating system.
Existing customers may have to wait a bit longer for Windows 11 to arrive as a free upgrade.
Microsoft has stated that the Windows 11 upgrade will be sent out in stages around the world via Windows Update, just like every previous Windows 10 monthly or quarterly update. This delayed strategy, which is common for Microsoft when it comes to large-scale upgrades, means that some Windows 10 users will have to wait until next year to upgrade.
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