Windows 11 upgrade will be available on October 5th

Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows 11 will become officially available on October 5th, 2021. All eligible Windows 10 PCs will be able to upgrade to the new Windows 11 for free. Also, on this day all systems that come with a pre-loaded Windows 11, will also be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

Microsoft has acknowledged that as PCs are beginning to play a more integral role in our day to day life, especially during the pandemic. Windows 11 has been designed to empower productivity in individuals that are working remotely and inspire your creativity wherever you are in the world (1).

Windows 11 Highlights

• New & improved design with a clean and modern feel.

• Start increases productivity through easy access to recent files within your cloud and Microsoft 365, no matter what device you are using.

• Multitasking is made easier through Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktop through screen optimisation.

• Microsoft Teams chat has now been integrated to the taskbar providing easy access to communicate with your friends, family, and colleagues.

• AI powered widgets to add personalisation to your feed.

• New opportunities for creators and developers enabling you to transfer your new apps to the Store.

• Windows 11 has been optimised in relation to speed and efficiency.

There are several significant changes within Windows 11 which is due to roll out in early October that Microsoft has touched on within their 11-point blog post. One of the most apparent and major changes to Windows 11 is the update to the system’s design which projects a more organised and cleaner feel throughout.

The optimisation aspect of Windows 11 also ensures that the system performs well regarding speed and efficiency with a new and improved user experience. Crucial changes will be made to the existing layout and feed with more personalisation options and an introduction to a new multitasking approach, aiming to improve organisation and communication.

Microsoft 365 will now be integrated within Start, allowing users to access any recent files to promote efficient cross-platform integration.

Windows 11 and Disability Divide

Back in July when Windows 11 was first announced by Microsoft, it has been noted that they are hoping to combat the issue of “disability divide” through the new upgrade by providing opportunities and educational resources to individuals that have a disability.

What about those that do not qualify for Windows 11?

Many people have presented confusion regarding who will be eligible for the new Windows 11 upgrade and what it means for the unsupported machines. It has now been confirmed that Microsoft expects the new upgrade to be offered to all eligible machines by mid-2022 and machines that will not be upgrading to Windows 11, will continue to be supported by Microsoft until October 14th, 2025.



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