Windows 11 to be launched on 5th October 2021
Published 01 Sep 2021

Windows 11 is coming.

Microsoft has confirmed this week that the latest version of its flagship operating system, Windows 11, will be released on 5th October 2021.

The new operating system will be available as a free of charge upgrade for compatible Windows 10 PCs and will be shipped with new PCs supplied after this date.

Microsoft aims to phase the rollout of Windows 11 from 5th October and mid-2022 with priority being given to new devices before in-market machines.

Existing machines will be updated via the normal Windows Update schedule.  It is worth noting that Microsoft has introduced a minimum specification for Windows 11 and a PC Health Check / Compatibility application has been launched to assist with this.

So, what's new in Windows 11?

Windows 11 comes with a new interface and has an “Apple” feel with the taskbar more resembling Apple’s dock

The Windows 11 Desktop

The user desktop can be configured with “snap layouts” and multiple desktop configurations to truly personalise your work & leisure experience.

With Microsoft Edge and a multitude of widgets, users can personalise the content (news, entertainment etc) that matters to them.

Widgets in Windows 11

Integration with the Microsoft store has been improved further allowing users to customise their environment. Microsoft has previously mentioned compatibility with Android Apps via the store and while this is not likely to be available at launch this is expected to follow. Microsoft and Amazon are currently working on the Android Subsystem to support this feature and are likely to preview this over the coming months.

Microsoft Teams has been integrated within the new operating system meaning users can connect instantly directly from their desktop

Teams in Windows 11

Be sure to check back to this blog as we will provide updates as and when they become available.

 

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