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 preview builds could be released on Monday or Tuesday.
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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 a massive hint that we could see a proper release sooner than expected.
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.
Microsoft is planning to make it available to mainstream users this fall, but a wider rollout is expected to start in early 2022 only. 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.
As for a firm release date, details are thin.
According to documents, the new Windows will be officially supported on PCs using Intel’s 8th-gen chip, Ryzen 2000 or newer.