Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11 is on the way and will be with us before the end of the year – with new systems pre-loaded with Windows 11 by the end of 2021 and existing windows 10 users able to upgrade in early 2022.
The “What’s next for Windows” event on June 24 had been preceded by an early build of Windows 11 leaking just the week before, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise. Indeed Windows Insider beta testers already have access to an early build, and if you want to try it out yourself, you can sign up for the Windows Insider build.
Leading up to this official announcement, it wasn’t clear what the future of the Windows OS would be. The general expectation was that the changes to the Windows UI, code named Sun Valley, would simply roll at as yet another Windows 10 update. And in many respects, that’s what Windows 11 is, another update to Windows 10, albeit one that Microsoft’s marketing department can get behind.
There are a number of changes in store for Windows 11 though, including a new UI, a major update to the Microsoft Store (that will also include Android apps), better Xbox app integration, as well as introducing AutoHDR and DirectStorage support. Microsoft is keen to focus on PC gamers this time around too, stating, “if you’re a gamer, Windows 11 was made for you.”
Stay tuned, as we will likely learn more the closer we get to the anticipated release of Windows 11