Is Windows 11 released?
Windows 11 is due out later in 2021 and will be delivered over several months. The rollout of the upgrade to Windows 10 devices already in use today will begin in 2022 through the first half of that year. That being said, new devices running Windows 11 are still expected to release this year. Moneycontrol.comWindows 11 RTM release date: Intel's support document may have leaked it
20 July, 2021 - 01:02pm
A new feature update for Windows 10 is on the horizon as Windows 11 looms.
It's inevitable that a sizable chunk of those devices will migrate to Windows 11 when the OS becomes available, though for various reasons, not all of them will. Some current Windows 10 devices will never see an upgrade to Windows 11 because of the hardware requirements (especially if Microsoft holds firm on the necessity for TPM 2.0), while others may be held back for different reasons.
We saw this when Windows 10 came out, with a large number of people clinging to Windows 7. It's just the way it goes—it took longer than Microsoft initially anticipated to reach 1 billion Windows 10 devices.
Those who plan on sticking with Windows 10 will be happy to know it will not be an afterthought, at least not initially. That is, if taking Microsoft at its word and putting stock into the 21H2 update that is coming out.
Outside of what it represents (continued support), the 21H2 update is not terribly exciting. Microsoft outlined three main goals it hopes to achieve with the upcoming update that boil down to better Wi-Fi security, easier deployment of Windows Hello on business machines, and GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW).
"As this Windows 10 release is targeted for the second half of 2021, Home and Pro editions of version 21H2 will receive 18 months of servicing, and Enterprise and Education editions will have 30 months of servicing. In addition, we will also launch the next version of the Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) based on version 21H2 at the same time, and it will have five years of servicing as announced in February," Microsoft added.
The Windows 10 version 21H2 update is currently being tested to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel. In a separate blog post, Microsoft outlined various fixes the preview build brings to the table, including one for an issue that is preventing gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
You still have plenty of time to decide if you want to stick with Windows 10 or make the leap to Windows 11 when it comes out. The current plan is to release Windows 11 sometime this year (possibly at the end of October or in November), with updates to existing Windows 10 users arriving early next year.
If you do decide to upgrade, you will have a little bit of time to test out the new waters before committing—for the first 10 days, there will be an option to roll back to Windows 10 will all your data and programs intact. After that, you would be looking at backing up your data and performing a clean install of Windows 10, if you want to return to it.
That said, Microsoft promises that Windows 11 will "deliver the best PC gaming experiences yet." What that entails remains to be seen. For example, Microsoft originally announced that DirectStorage would be an exclusive feature for Windows 11, but we now know it will be enabled in Windows 10 as well. That's great news for Windows 10 users—DirectStorage is intended to take advantage of the latent power of NVMe SSDs in games, which could facilitate faster load times and more expansive environments.
Time will tell how it all comes together. The big takeaway, however, is that Windows 10 will remain relevant for the at least the next few years.
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20 July, 2021 - 01:02pm
20 July, 2021 - 01:02pm
It is far from uncommon for software companies to be a little vague when it comes to releases dates. By keeping their cards close to their chest, any delays in launches can be overlooked on the basis that if no release date has been announced, it can't be missed.
And so with Windows 11. When Microsoft announced the upcoming operating system we were simply told that it would be ready in time for the holiday season. However, there have been hints, rumors and suggestions that Windows 11 will launch in October, and this has been further hinted at by documentation from Intel.
Over the weekend we wrote about the release of Windows 11-compatible graphics drivers from Intel. Glancing at the release notes for these drivers, there is reference not only to Windows 11, but also to its release month.
Just as Windows 10 version 2004 is also referred to in the release notes as the May 2020 Update and Windows 20H1, so Windows 11 is referred to as "October 2021 Update".
Take a look in the OS Reference section of the release notes for Intel Graphics - Windows DCH Drivers:
This is, of course, neither official, nor definite confirmation that October is the month in which Windows 11 will be released... but it is yet more evidence that backs up this idea.