Microsoft and Walmart hints at Windows 11 release date

Windows 11 release date hint

Windows 11 could be heading to users in the
not-too-distant future after Microsoft’s teaser and Walmart
product listing spotted online with references of the October
release.

Unlike the last few Windows 10 feature updates, Windows 11
introduces several big changes to the desktop including a
redesigned Start Menu that ditches Live Tiles for new grid
layout, new customization options, Windows widgets on the
desktop, a new snapping experience, and more.

During the event, Panos Panay confirmed that Windows 11 will be
a free update for all Windows 10 users, and it will be released
later this year. If you can’t wait, an official preview of the
OS is set to launch in the coming days, with reports suggesting
that beta builds will be released on Monday or Tuesday.

Windows 11 release date
On this day: Oct 20

We’re also not far off from the public launch of Windows 11,
and as usual for the company, teasers are starting to come out.
As you can see in the above screenshot, a very brief teaser on
the company’s YouTube channel hints at the October release date
for Windows 11.

While this isn’t concrete evidence, Microsoft does have a
history of teasing release dates in documents and screenshots.

Windows 11 could be released in October

Additionally, a new Walmart
retail listing suggests Windows 11 will be released
in October 2021
.

The Walmart leak doesn’t give too much more away other than
referencing the “free upgrade to Windows” and “October 2021”
timeline, but given this in on the official website, it is
another hint that we could see a proper release sooner than
expected.

Windows 11 October
Image Courtesy: Walmart

It’s worth noting that Microsoft officials haven’t said
anything about the October release, but we know that Microsoft
has already released a near-final version of Windows 11 to PC
makers and Windows Insider testers are expected to get the
first preview later this week.

Windows 11 wider rollout is expected in 2022

While Microsoft is planning to make Windows update available to
mainstream users this fall, a wider rollout is now expected to
start in early 2022 only.

This is according to a tweet from the official Windows Twitter
account. According to the social media handle, which is
generally not a reliable source of info, the rollout of the
upgrade will begin in 2022.

It is possible that the update will be offered via Media
Creation Tool / Update Assistant later this year, but it will
only start rolling out to most mainstream users in early 2022
via Windows Update.

If you prefer Windows Update (OTA) process, you’ll have to wait
until at least early 2022 to upgrade to the new OS. It’s also
worth noting that Microsoft will be rolling out the update in
multiple stages, with the first wave including flagship
products tested by Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo and other OEM
partners.

As for a firm release date, details are thin.

It’s also worth pointing out that
Windows 11 requires newer CPUs and
TPM 2.0, so if don’t meet the new hardware requirements,
you will not be able to upgrade to the new operating system
officially.

According to documents, the new Windows will be officially
supported on PCs using Intel’s 8th-gen chip, Ryzen 2000 or
newer.

To see if your PC is able to run the upcoming Windows version,
you can use the PC Health
Check tool. However, remember that the tool isn’t perfect
and it can
incorrectly flag compatible PCs as “unsupported”.

If you’re really desperate to get the new operating system, you
can always install the upcoming preview builds, which will work
on all Windows 10 PCs.

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