Windows 11 release date could have been revealed by Microsoft
It’s been just over a month since Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 and it has quickly become one of the most anticipated software launches of the year. Windows 11 is “the next generation” of the iconic desktop operating system, which Microsoft says will lay the foundation for the next decade.
Windows 11 will be available for the first time on new desktops, tablets, hybrid devices and laptops later this year, with a free update for existing Windows 10 customers expected sometime in 2022.
At the launch event, Microsoft declined to reveal an exact release date for any of these Windows 11 launches, with “Holiday 2021” being the only confirmed release window.
Fortunately, that broad release date appears to have been narrowed, thanks to a new message from Microsoft. As reported by Windows Latest, it looks like Windows 11 could launch in October or November this year.
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There have been rumors for some time that Windows 11 could debut around this time. And Microsoft could have dropped its biggest hint yet, which is when the new OS will launch in a support document.
The release date was revealed in Microsoft’s documentation “Windows 11 version 21H2 hardware driver submissions” published on June 24. This type of document is used by Microsoft to let OEMs know when to submit driver submissions so they don’t miss out on any upcoming major launches.
According to Microsoft document, OEMs are required to submit their final drivers for the Windows 11 version 21H2 update by the end of September.
The Windows makers said, “Partners who want to achieve compatibility for systems shipped with Windows 11, version 21H2 Release, can install drivers for components compatible with Windows 10, version 2004 until September 24, 2021”.
Windows 11 launches on new devices later this year
Microsoft later clarified that this deadline is specific to Windows 11 version 21H2 and not to Windows 10 version 21H2.
According to Windows Latest, if everything stays on track, Windows 11 could launch four weeks later, resulting in a release in late October or possibly early November.
Other rumors claim that Windows 11 will be released around this time, but Microsoft has yet to confirm whether that’s when the next-generation OS will be launched or not.
So, as with all rumours, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt until the official confirmation. In the meantime, keep an eye on Express.co.uk for more updates on when the Microsoft upgrade could be launched.
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