Windows 11 release could take place in October
We may finally know when you can get your hands on Windows 11. When the all-new desktop OS was announced at an event in June, we found out about all the new features coming to PCs later in the year, but Microsoft kept an official release date firmly hidden.
That secret is kept close to Microsoft, but thanks to an update in support of documents published by Intel – one of the largest chipset manufacturers in the world – we may now have a better idea of when Windows 11 will be available for download. A document related to a particular Intel driver reveals: “Windows 11-64 – October 2021 Update – version 21H2”.
This seems to indicate that Windows 11 will be released in October. That’s still a pretty broad timeline, of course, and unfortunately none of the other Intel documents mention a more specific date.
An October release would make a lot of sense. After all, Microsoft previously launched two feature-packed updates for its Windows 10 operating system each year, one in the spring and the other in the fall. Prior to the announcement of Windows 11, Microsoft was widely tipped to look forward to October to roll out a slew of exciting new features and designs for Windows 10 users.
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Windows 11 would keep that promise, should it launch later this year, as Intel seems to suggest.
Microsoft has not yet responded to the latest release rumor. However, when we talk about Windows 11, the Redmond-based company has confirmed that the update will come this “holiday period”.
Microsoft does not specify which holiday period. But since October and Halloween often fall during this period in the US, we might see Windows 11 there.
Additionally, October was referenced in the Windows 11 announcement keynote. During the event, a message will appear in Microsoft Teams during one of the demos. It reads, “Excited to put it on 11…can’t wait for October!”
Putting on our deerstalker, it’s pretty clear that this is hinting at an October release date.
Going even further, most Windows 11 media images show October 20 as the date in the taskbar. This is not a one-off, as a number of other marketing images show October 6 in the taskbar. Crucially, none of them refer to any other month.
Windows 11 will bring some substantial design changes. Microsoft is moving towards rounded corners, more transparent windows, and the Start button in the middle of the taskbar that contains the universal search function in the same window.
There’s also the arrival of new widgets and the promise of improved performance and battery life. We also know that Windows 11 will deeply integrate Microsoft Teams into the operating system, where it will serve as the default chat app even for those trying to call relatives.
Windows 11 also introduces Snap Groups, which allow users to group windows together to juggle multiple applications on the screen at the same time.
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