October 5th marks the official release of Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11. While Microsoft is launching Windows 11-powered hardware worldwide today, the company has made the OS update available early for eligible devices worldwide. If you’ve purchased a Windows 10 machine recently, that means you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11 today.
For many, the release of Windows 11 will be gradual. Microsoft says that existing Windows 10 devices that are eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade will start to be able to upgrade today, but it’ll mostly be new hardware that receives the upgrade immediately. Microsoft says, “We expect all eligible Windows 10 devices to be offered the upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”
Here’s every detail we know so far about Windows 11 including features, compatibility, and how to download it.
- A new, more Mac-like interface – Windows 11 has a clean, modern design with pastel colours, rounded corners and a centred Start menu and Taskbar.
- Integrated Android apps – Windows 11 will be compatible with Android apps that can be accessed through Microsoft’s new store. These apps will now be native to Windows and can be installed straight from the Appstore.
- Widgets – Widgets are a feature on Windows 10 that includes popup notifications that aren’t intrusive. You can customise the widgets to show you whatever you want.
- Microsoft Teams integration – Windows 11 is getting a makeover and Teams is integrated right into the Taskbar. You’ll be able to access it from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.
- Xbox tech for better gaming – Windows 11 will get new features like HDR and DirectStorage that will make gaming on your PC better than ever before.
- Better virtual desktop support – Windows 11 will make it easier to work on multiple desktops like Mac, by switching between desktops for your personal, work, school or gaming. You can also set the wallpaper on each desktop too.
Windows 11 is now available and will begin rolling out to all compatible PCs and new PCs from today Oct. 5, according to Microsoft, and will continue rolling out into mid-2022. The newer your device is, the sooner you’re likely to have access to the update. The older your PC is, the longer you’ll probably have to wait.
There are a few different ways to check if your Windows 10 PC is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
You can download Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to see if your device is compatible, and if not, some details as to why. You can also use another open-source app called WhyNotWin11 to see if your device is compatible.
Microsoft’s website also has a list of requirements, but new devices will start rolling out with Windows 11 already installed. The Microsoft Surface devices will ship on October 5th with Windows 11 preinstalled. This is also the case for PCs and laptops from Asus, Lenovo, and HP. You can expect new devices from other great companies like Acer, Dell, and Samsung too.
You may be able to upgrade right away if your device is currently running Windows 10. To check, go to Settings in Windows 10 and see if the update is available in the Windows Update section or you may even be able to skip the queue and upgrade immediately using Microsoft’s new Installation Assistant.
If available, you’ll see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. Remember that Microsoft is rolling out the operating system gradually, so don’t panic if you don’t see the option on Day 1.
As business becomes more consumer-focused, we’ll see a more personalised experience for customers & potential customers. Major software upgrades can be difficult. The operating system on your device is one of the most important pieces of software and it needs to be updated regularly.
Talk to us if you have any questions about migrating to Windows 11. We understand that this can be a big transition, but we’re here to make it as seamless as possible.