It is now official, Microsoft will be officially launching Windows 11 on October 5, 2021 and has also announced that the release will be a free upgrade for Windows PCs on eligible systems preinstalled with Windows 10 or those released earlier marketed as Windows 11 ready.
If you weren’t paying attention until now, here’s what Windows 11 will bring to the table when it launches:
The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.
With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.
Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)
Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.
Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.
Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
For gamers, the main highlights here is DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, and Auto HDR which Xbox Series X|S owners are already enjoying today but with Microsoft pushing their gaming platform further, the seamlessness of library sharing with Xbox Game Pass seems to be an early sign of Microsoft’s eventual stab at a larger share of the game distribution scene.
Microsoft emphasizes that the upgrade will be rolled out tofirst to qualifying devices starting October 5, 2021. Release on other devices will vary.