27 October 2021
Microsoft has made it official that Windows 11 will launch on October 5th. This is much earlier than the originally tentative timeline of the Holidays release when the new version was announced three months ago. It will be available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PCs and will also come pre-installed on new PC launches starting the aforementioned date.
Windows 11 public rollout will begin October 5th but as is the case with major upgrades, it will take place in a gradual manner. All newer eligible devices will receive it first. It will then eventually expand to other devices "based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, and age of device". The team is expecting all eligible devices to get the upgrade by mid-2022.
As and when the update becomes available for your particular machine running Windows 10, you will get a notification via Windows Update. One can also check for updates manually by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates. The whole process is the same as checking for any other software update.
Those who are looking to buy a new Windows PC might want to wait until October 5th. It is the date when various OEMs will start selling newer products running Windows 11 out of the box. Some of these models include Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55), Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G), Asus ZenBook Flip 13 OLED UX363, Asus ZenBook 14 UX245, Dell Alienware x15, Dell Alienware x17, Dell XPS 13, HP ENVY x360 15, Lenovo Yoga 7 convertibles, Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro, Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, and Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.
Additionally, Microsoft revealed that it will continue to support Windows 10 officially until October 14th, 2025. This is beneficial for those who do not want to jump to Windows 11 straight away, especially enterprise customers.