Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s next operating system; Windows 11
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s upcoming operating system. With Windows 10 set to be discontinued in 2025, it’s clear that something needs to take its place. Coming later this year, Windows 11 will offer a new Start menu, add a widget taskbar, and change the overall user interface.
When Will Windows 11 Be Released?
Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, 2021 with no specific date for the official release. The developer beta version is out now, and the public beta version is expected mid-summer 2021. The full public release is expected in Fall 2021 and installed on new devices for sale during the holidays. Everyone else will have to wait until 2022 to upgrade to it.
Windows 10 has largely been considered the last major version of Windows, where it’s treated more as a service that updates continually. But with Windows 10 officially losing support in 2025, Windows 11 will be available as an optional free upgrade.
Microsoft says that the details haven’t been finalized yet, but that:
…for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time.
That confirms that new products will ship out with Windows 11 before current devices will have access to the upgrade. In other words, the quickest way to get Windows 11 is to buy a new device when they become available later this year, otherwise you’ll need to wait until 2022 to upgrade to Windows 11.