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Windows 11 public release date speculated as Microsoft plans to release it to “seekers” first


While Windows insiders are already testing and enjoying the Windows 11, most of the eligible Windows 10 users are still waiting for the update roll-out. Microsoft is expected to announce the Windows 11 public release date soon and there are rumors already doing rounds about a possible release date.

We had reported about Microsoft confirming that Windows 11 will be ready to ship by end of September. This is the closest that we have got in terms of official confirmation so far. Elsewhere we have seen Intel confirming that Windows 11 release is targeted at October 2021.

Now, one of the speculation claims that the Windows 11 public release date may be October 19 and Microsoft may announce the release timelines in 1-2 weeks. The same source also confirms that the final build sign-off may be done in mid-September. This sort of ties up with what the official documents hint at in terms of Windows 11 finalization and roll-out.

Microsoft has also revealed in an updated document that the Windows 11 update will be initially available for only those who seek and choose to upgrade. This means that once Microsoft starts rolling out the Windows 11 later this year and your PC is eligible and without any “Blocking issue” you need to manually “check for updates” via Windows update.

Windows 11 will be offered to eligible Windows 10 devices beginning later in the 2021 calendar year. Messaging on new devices will vary by PC manufacturer, but users will see labels such as This PC will upgrade to Windows 11 once available on products that are available for purchase.

The Windows 11 upgrade will be available initially on eligible, unmanaged devices to users who manually seek the upgrade through Windows Update. As with all Windows Update managed devices, the Windows Update Settings page will confirm when a device is eligible, and users can upgrade if they choose to.

Just like Windows 10, the machine learning based intelligent rollout process will be used when rolling out upgrades. Machine learning uses a combination of testing, close partner engagement, feedback, diagnostic data, and real-life insights to manage quality. This process improves the update experience, and ensures that devices first nominated for updates are the devices likely to have a seamless experience. Devices that might have compatibility issues with the upgrade get the benefit of resolving these issues before the upgrade is offered.

Windows 11 update release will be known as Windows 11 October 2021 update or Windows 10 version 21H2 and is targeted at a October 2021 release. Windows 11 brings lots of UI/UX changes and new features over Windows 10.

You can read all the new features and changes that Windows 11 brings over Windows 10 in our massive collated changelog.

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