Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 11 will be available starting this October. It will be a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs. But PCs with the new software version pre-installed will also begin to go on sale at the same time. So, if you’re on the hunt for a new PC you could just buy one that has the upgrade out of the box.
Windows 11 comes with notable design changes, improvements to features, and revamped applications. Like the all-new Microsoft Store, which was re-designed to make it simpler for users to find content. Microsoft says it wanted to focus on searching and discoverability. So that games, entertainment, and apps would be easier to find.
Windows 11 will be available as a phased rollout on October 5
Although the upgrade will start being sent out on October 5, it won’t be hitting all devices at once. Microsoft is making this a phased rollout and is starting with new eligible devices that are running on Windows 10.
Upgrades will continue being rolled out to devices over time. And Microsoft expects Windows 11 be available for all eligible Windows 10 devices by mid-2022. The reason for this phased rollout according to Microsoft is so that it can focus on delivering a quality experience to users.
When it arrives, users will have access to just about everything Microsoft showed off in its announcement trailer. Including snap layouts and snap groups, the redesigned start menu, and the AI-powered Widgets feed. But not all of the features are making the cut for the initial drop.
Android apps probably won’t be available until 2022
One of the bigger features announced alongside Windows 11 was the availability of Android apps. Users will be able to download these right from the Microsoft Store on their PC and use them as normal.
In today’s blog post about the release date, Microsoft says it’s looking to make Android apps available as a preview to Windows 11 Insiders over the coming months. So it seems like the majority of users won’t see the feature until updates start hitting more devices sometime next year.
Even though Microsoft doesn’t give a firm date here, over the coming months suggests further out. Especially since it’s starting as a preview feature for Insiders.