Intel document hints at possible release date of Windows 11

Windows 11 release date leak

Windows 11 public preview has been out for nearly one month and
it may be coming to our devices in the production (stable)
channel in October 2021, according to a new support document
from Intel. A wider rollout is expected in 2022 and as for when
in 2022, that’s still anyone’s guess. However, it’s likely to
be the first quarter of the year.

Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, but the company
hasn’t revealed when the operating system will become available
for users not part of the Windows Insider program.

More and more hints reveal that Windows 11 is set to launch in
October 2021. Or at least that’s the current plan. According to
teasers posted by Microsoft, a product listing by Walmart and
new release notes published by Intel, Windows 11 will most
likely launch in October, possibly in the third or fourth week
of the month.

Windows 11 October 2021 Update
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In the release notes
of
DCH GPU driver 30.0.100.9684, Intel has clearly referred to
Windows 11 as “October 2021 Update – version 21H2”. As you’re
probably aware, Windows builds are labelled “YYMM” where YY
represents the year in two-digit format and MM is representing
the month of the expected release.

On Twitter,
Microsoft’s program manager Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that
Windows 11 will continue to use the code-naming convention yyH2
familiar to Windows 10 users.

Windows 11 is officially expected in the fall and this new hint
has increased the likelihood of the October 2021 release.

Future of Windows 10 and Windows 11

In October 2021, Microsoft is also planning to release Windows
10 version 21H2 with quality improvements.

Windows 10 version 21H2 is based on a version of Windows
codenamed “Vibranium”, which also powers Windows 10 version
21H1 (May 2021 Update) and October 2020 Update (20H2). On the
other hand, Windows 11 version 21H2 is based on a version of
Windows internally codenamed “Cobalt”.

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 would receive a single feature
update every year and Microsoft has already confirmed Windows
11 will get new feature updates in the second half of each
year, which means that no new big updates will be released in
the first half of the year (April or May).

The next big update for Windows 11 is codenamed “version 22H2”
and it is expected to debut in the second half of 2022. This is
according to a support document, which is no longer available
on the company’s website.

In the coming years, Microsoft will most likely finalize
Windows 11 feature updates in August or September ahead of the
planned release in October or November, with Insiders getting
them first.

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