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Windows 11 will be launched on October 5, 2021 for free, It's Official!

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Windows 11: here's everything you need to know about the launch

It's official now!  Microsoft In a new blog post today confirms that its latest new version of WINDOWS 11 will be launched on October 5th as a Free Upgrade and it will be available via Windows Update, from the same date Microsoft announced this Tuesday August 31 that Windows 11 will be officially launching next October 5 The operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to users of the latest version of Windows 10 with compatible PCs and will also be offered pre-installed on new PCs. 

Microsoft confirmed that the rollout will be "phased and measured with a focus on quality." The company expects to complete the rollout to all supported devices by the middle of next year.

According to Microsoft's announcement, users will start receiving the free upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update as early as October 5 It's worth highlighting that just as it happened with the release of new versions of Windows 10, not all users will see upgrade to Windows 11 immediately on day 5-basically this means that PCs compatible and latest hardware will receive upgrade first, with others getting upgraded in the weeks and months after.

How to Download and Install Windows 11 Insider Preview for Free

Windows 11 : What's new Features?

These are the new features of Windows 11:
  1. The new Windows operating system will come with a completely redesigned layout with a new position for the Start menu, new icons and themes, softer visuals and more such changes. It also brings several performance improvements as compared to Windows 10, now promising more power efficiency and 40 per cent smaller updates that will run in the background.
  2. An important feature will be the inclusion of Android apps on the Windows OS for the first time ever. However, Microsoft clarifies that the inclusion of Android apps to Windows 11 will "start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months." Though the company claims to be working on it in collaboration with Amazon and Intel, the effects might not be seen on consumer PCs before next year.
  3. The new Windows operating system will come with a completely redesigned layout with a new position for the Start menu, new icons and themes, softer visuals and more such changes. It also brings several performance improvements as compared to Windows 10, now promising more power efficiency and 40 per cent smaller updates that will run in the background.
  4. An important feature will be the inclusion of Android apps on the Windows OS for the first time ever. However, Microsoft clarifies that the inclusion of Android apps to Windows 11 will "start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months." Though the company claims to be working on it in collaboration with Amazon and Intel, the effects might not be seen on consumer PCs before next year.
  5. Windows 11 also comes with a new Microsoft Store that features an all-new design. It brings new features like Stories - editorial content to keep you informed about the best apps and a new pop-up store to install apps from the browser. The new Microsoft Store also introduces several changes for developers, including support for more types of apps as well as an option to bring their own or a third party commerce platform in their apps.

Moreover, Microsoft will allow Windows 11 uncompatible equipment to install, but will receive no updates or other updates. Manual upgrade will be possible at your own risk. I mean, those who don't have the right equipment but still want to use Windows 11 will be at their own risk. This is because Microsoft will not ensure controller compatibility. So Microsoft maintains that its official hardware requirements are the only ones that can ensure the system's overall reliability. Let's remember that Microsoft has taken a great focus on the security issue with the new operating system, so requiring updated hardware is part of that. In addition, Windows 11 will have various security patches that will solve problems and arrive in the form of updates during their useful life. So it's advisable to update your OS with these patches. Does your PC meet system requirements?

What are the Minimum Requirements for Windows 11?

Windows 11 eligibility check for your system (PC/Laptop)

If your Windows 10 PC is eligible, Windows Update will alert you as soon as the update is available. You can also check manually if your Windows 11 is ready for your device (PC/Laptop) just by going to Settings> Windows Update and then clicking Check for Updates 
If you are impatient to benefit from the first final version of Windows 11, Microsoft recommends in passing a few PC models that are the result of close partnerships between manufacturers and the publisher.

The list includes:
  • Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55)
  • Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G)
  • Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363
  • Asus Zenbook 14 UX425
  • Alienware’s X-Series laptops
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Spectre x360 14
  • HP ENVY x360 15
  • Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series
  • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series
  • Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
  • Galaxy Book Pro 360 
  • Surface Pro 7
  • Surface Laptop 4

Minimum system requirements for Windows 11

According to the Microsoft, the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 are as follows;

Processor:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)

RAM:

4 gigabyte (GB)

Storage:

64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware:

UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM:

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card:

Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display:

High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel


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