It will not be November 11, but October 5, 2021 that Microsoft will release its new operating system: Windows 11.
Microsoft has decided: Windows 11 will be released on October 5, 2021. The American company has justmake the announcement on Twitter on August 31, pointing to a link to his website. Although it would have been fun to aim for the date of November 11 (11/11) to play with the version number of the operating system, the Redmond firm preferred to rely on other factors to determine the best possible date. .
Windows 11 will succeed Windows 10, which was launched in July 2015. The two platforms will coexist for several years: Microsoft intends to maintain support for Windows 10 until 2025 for its two main versions (Home and Pro). However, as the deadline draws closer, more and more resources will be taken from Windows 10 to focus on its successor.
A free update
Microsoft has chosen to offer the update to Windows 11 for free for those who have a Windows license on their PC. In 2015, this mechanism was already at work when the question of switching to Windows 10 arose among customers with a computer running Windows 7 or 8. Before officialization, there were indications of the migration to Windows 11 had been spotted.
If the migration is free, it is still necessary to meet minimum technical conditions to accommodate the OS. Microsoft estimates that you need a PC including a 64-bit dual-core processor clocked at 1 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space, a screen with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, a graphics card supporting DirectX 12 and security devices (TPM 1.2 cryptographic module and Secure Boot).
If your computer is incompatible, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Windows 11 won’t be installable, one way or another. During our tests with a PC that did not meet Microsoft’s requirements, we were still able to use a pre-version of the operating system without this being prohibitive. In addition, Microsoft can always revise its criteria (which it has already done).
To organize the transition, Microsoft is planning the upcoming release of a new version of its compatibility control tool – a first version of the program was published earlier this year, but was not satisfactory. If Windows 11 ever poses a problem with your installation or you don’t like it, you will have a ten day window to go back.
While waiting for the release of Windows 11, Internet users have the opportunity to test the OS by registering for a program set up by Microsoft. If the successive versions are more and more stable, it may be better to wait for the official release, especially if you are not sure what you are doing. Otherwise, you can fall back on a website that simulates Windows 11, but in a limited way.