Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 in June and this new
operating system comes with plenty of improvements for
everyone. Windows 11 is currently available for beta testing in
the Windows Insider program, and a new statement from the
company suggests the new operating system is already popular.
Satya Nadella describes Windows 11 as the “beginning of a
Windows revolution” and Microsoft wants Windows 11 to target
everyone. During a call with analysts following the FY21 Q4
earnings release, CEO Satya Nadella explained that Microsoft
wants to “reimagine everything” in the operating system with
Furthermore, Nadella revealed that Windows 11 is still
scheduled to launch in the fall of this year. Of course, no
specifics have been provided, but it’s pretty clear Windows 11
will begin rolling out to some devices in 2021 and a wider
rollout is expected in early 2022 for devices that meet
Windows 11 preview builds have been since the last week of June
and it has had four preview cumulative updates since then.
Windows 11 is currently pre-release software and there are
actually stacks of issues, but more and more users are trying
out the early builds.
During the earnings call, Nadella discussed the early success
of Windows 11. According to Microsoft, Windows 11 is already
popular and preview builds have been downloaded more than any
other Windows version. This shows that people are excited about
Windows 11 and Microsoft’s marketing efforts are paying off.
“More people have downloaded our early builds than any other
Windows release or update in the history of our insider
program. And, along with our OEM ecosystem, we’re excited to
bring Windows 11 to new PCs beginning this holiday,” Nadella
said during a call with stakeholders.
No specifics have been provided, but a new report from
third-party firm AdDuplex also suggests Windows 11 is already
running on nearly 1% of surveyed PCs. A total of about 60,000
PCs were surveyed and it’s based on data collected from 5,000
apps that use AdDuplex SDK v2 or higher, an ad network for
Windows Store apps.
Windows 11 coming later this year
As we highlighted at the outset, Microsoft has again stated
that its next operating system will ship sometime this holiday
season. Numerous hints have suggested that Windows 11
will begin rolling out in October, but it’s anyone’s guess
as to when it’ll happen in October.
Windows 11 is currently available in beta form for testers in
the Windows Insider program and stable preview builds with
fewer known issues will be released in the coming weeks.
Microsoft is also planning to publish media installation files