Tuesday, October 5th 2021

Microsoft Launches Windows 11

Today marks an exciting milestone in the history of Windows. As the day becomes October 5 in each time zone around the world, availability of Windows 11 begins through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11 that can be purchased beginning today. Windows is a driving force for innovation. It's an enduring platform for each one of us to create. And its home for over a billion people to do their jobs, live their dreams and connect with the people they love.

We're pumped to be launching Windows 11; the entire user experience brings you closer to what you love, empowers you to produce and inspires you to create. Windows 11 provides a sense of calm and openness. It gives you a place that feels like home. It's secure and everything is designed to be centered around you. To fully understand the magic of Windows 11 you must get it in your hands. The gorgeous graphics, sounds and animations of Windows 11 along with the innovative and beautiful hardware from our partners and Surface provides an experience like none other.
There's never been a better time to buy a PC

As we look to next year and beyond, whether it's to work, create, connect, learn or play, the PC will continue to play a relevant and lasting role in our lives.

Throughout the month of September, we've seen some amazing new Windows 11 devices announced from our partners at ASUS, HP and Lenovo, and from the Surface team. Acer, Dell, Samsung and other partners will also be releasing new Windows 11 devices soon. Each one of our partners is critical to bringing Windows 11 to life. No other ecosystem has the breadth and scale that the Windows ecosystem does to meet the needs of people whether they're creators, developers, students and educators, business and gamers at every price point and in every form factor.

Here's how you can get Windows 11:
  • Purchase a new PC pre-installed with Windows 11 by visiting Windows.com or your local retailer
  • Purchase a Windows 10 PC that's eligible for the free upgrade by visiting Windows.com or your local retailer
  • Use the PC Health Check app to check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade
  • We're proud to offer Windows 11 on the widest array of choice in devices, form factors and silicon from our valued partners at Acer, AMD, ASUS, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Samsung and Surface.
Bringing you closer to what you love

Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love and is designed with you at the center.

From the new Start menu and Taskbar, to each sound, font and icon you see, the team thought through every pixel and detail to bring you a more modern, fresh and beautiful experience. With Start at the center you have quick access to the content and apps you care about and through the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 (sold separately) you can see recent files you've been working on regardless of which device you were using, even if it was an Android or iOS device.

To get you closer to the content and information you care about we're introducing Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI and the web. Opening your personalized feed with a click or a swipe from the left is smooth and seamless as Widgets slides across your screen like a sheet of glass. Whether it's glancing at your day through Outlook calendar and To-Do list integrations, catching up on the latest headlines or tomorrow's weather forecast, or viewing your favorite OneDrive photo memories, Widgets bring everything you love to your fingertips.

Chat from Microsoft Teams is a new experience that helps bring you closer to the people you care about. With a simple click you can use a personal account to chat, voice or video call with your friends, family and other contacts regardless of the device or platform they're on - Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. Microsoft Teams isn't just for people with smart devices; your friends and family can join the conversation via SMS text messaging. Plus, you can open the full Microsoft Teams experience directly from Chat to bring your plans to life with event scheduling, quick polls, file sharing and more.

The new Microsoft Store on Windows brings you closer to your favorite apps and entertainment—all in one place. The Microsoft Store on Windows not only brings you more apps than ever before; we're also making it easier to search and discover new content with curated stories and collections. New apps are available today in the Microsoft Store on Windows, such as Canva, Disney+, Zoom, the Epic Game Store and so much more.

Empowering your productivity and inspiring your creativity

Windows 11 features powerful new experiences that empower your productivity and inspire your creativity.

We're all multitasking more than ever on our PCs, from multiple monitors and browser tabs to editing documents in Word or PowerPoint. With Windows 11, we're making it easier to focus and stay in your flow with Snap Layouts and Groups, and Desktops.

Snap Layouts and Groups offer a more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate in a way that is visually clean. With new three-column layouts for larger screens, it has never been easier to have all the content you need at your fingertips perfectly arranged.

With Desktops you can create individual Desktops that display different sets of apps to help you stay organized and focused, like making separate spaces in your home, and you can even customize each Desktop with its own name and wallpaper.

Accessibility was considered from the start in the development of Windows 11, with inclusive design reviews of new and redesigned features. We're proud that Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows, built with and for people with disabilities. Windows 11 offers familiar assistive technologies like Narrator, Magnifier, Closed Captions and Windows Speech Recognition to support people across the disability spectrum.

We've improved the experiences for touch in Windows 11 when you're using a tablet without a keyboard. You'll see more space between the icons in the Taskbar, adding bigger touch targets and subtle visual cues to make resizing and moving windows easier, as well as adding gestures. We've also enabled haptics with Windows 11 to make using your pen even more immersive - allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations as you click through and edit or sketch. Surface Slim Pen 2 (sold separately) is a great example of haptics in action.

With as much time as we're all spending on our PCs, sometimes you might want to type on your PC with your voice. We're excited to introduce new enhancements in voice typing on Windows 11. Now, with voice typing your PC recognizes what you say, even automatically punctuating sentences for you.

For developers, Windows 11 offers new tools and resources

With Windows 11, we endeavored to make Windows a more open platform. We thought about the development process and what tools and capabilities you need to create amazing apps. We built Windows 11 with developers in mind. You can create and build apps using the tools, frameworks and languages that you know and love. We're also embracing all your apps and will work to make them feel at home on Windows.

Windows 11 is built for gaming

Windows 11 was made for gaming, with innovative new features that can take your PC gaming experience to the next level. If your PC has an HDR capable display, Auto HDR will automatically upgrade over 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games to high dynamic range, rendering a much wider range of colors and brightness. We also believe that player choice is important, so Windows 11 includes the ability to turn Auto HDR on or off on a per-game basis.

Windows 11 also includes support for DirectStorage, a feature we first introduced on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. When paired with an NVMe solid state drive and DirectX 12 GPU, games that implement DirectStorage can benefit from reduced load times and render more detailed and expansive game worlds.

Windows 11 also includes the Xbox app built right in. Through the Xbox app you can browse, download and play over 100 high-quality PC games with Game Pass for PC (membership sold separately). And this October kicks off the three biggest months in Xbox history with incredible game launches including Age of Empires IV on Oct. 28, Forza Horizon 5 on Nov. 9 and Halo Infinite on Dec. 8. All three of these games will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members on day one. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can also play 100+ Xbox console games on their PC without having to wait for a download, thanks to the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) with the Xbox app.

Enabling the hybrid workforces and classrooms of tomorrow

Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and learning. Through the rapid acceleration of digital transformation that we've seen over the last 19 months, it is critical for today's organizations to be resilient and flexible. With the shift to hybrid work, where work is constantly changing, we understand the importance of an operating system that is flexible, consistent, secure and works how you work. That's why Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible and familiar Windows 10 foundation that is easy for IT to manage. Beginning today, organizations can begin moving to Windows 11 on powerful PCs and through the cloud with Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.

Windows 11 is designed for chip-to-cloud protection

As we continue on our journey, feedback from our customers and the industry is so important to helping us shape a Windows that our customers love. To that end, we conducted a survey of Security Decision Makers in the U.S. from a range of industries and found that 75% of security decision makers, VP and above, feel that the move to hybrid work leaves their organization more vulnerable to security threats. This last year has proven that security needs to be built in from the hardware up, the chip to the cloud. In fact, 80% of respondents feel that software alone is not enough protection from emerging threats. Windows 11 was designed with security in mind to meet the challenges we will face in this new work environment and beyond.

A new era for the PC begins today

We are grateful to our entire ecosystem of partners who have played important roles in helping us prepare to get Windows 11 into the hands of our customers around the world. From OEM and app partners, to silicon, to retail, to our Windows Insiders, a launch of this global scale could not be achieved without them.

On behalf of the entire team, we are pumped to bring you Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.

We look forward to seeing the dreams and ideas you bring to life with Windows 11. This is just the beginning.
Source: Microsoft
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64 Comments on Microsoft Launches Windows 11

#1
seth1911
:fear:Garbage OS and now there is no reason to go on 11, like it was in the past with 10 and DX12:laugh:

"Windows 11 is designed for chip-to-cloud protection"
Now with TPM and direct access for the Good one like NSA
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#2
ZoneDymo
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Still not for me as it considers my hardware too old and unsafe.

Not that I would want to be an early adopter for.this anyway...

Also since its officially part of this, auto hdr, why is that something that needs to be implemented and not just work natively with everything with the option to turn it off if it's ugly / buggy looking?
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#3
amit_talkin
seth1911:fear:Garbage OS and now there is no reason to go on 11, like it was in the past with 10 and DX12:laugh:

"Windows 11 is designed for chip-to-cloud protection"
Now with TPM and direct access for the Good one like NSA
I don't know about NSA but, even this garbage OS will be far better in terms of user experience than Linux and Mac OS combined together. I can live with bugs in os rather than wasting time doing simplest stuff in Linux.

Also, I never understand why people are so feared about telemetry, like you are not multi-billionaire that your information is too useful for anyone on internet.
In this difficult time of cybercrimes and terrorism, if any little data helps the security agencies to nab the culprits and safeguard the country, i wouldn't mind sending my telemetry data to them. Thats the least thing i can do to help my country. But people seem not to understand this.
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#4
londiste
ZoneDymoAlso since its officially part of this, auto hdr, why is that something that needs to be implemented and not just work natively with everything with the option to turn it off if it's ugly / buggy looking?
There is no such thing as working natively. Either every game has HDR implemented on game level or something like Auto HDR is implemented on operating system level. Either way, there is quite a bunch of effort on either side.
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#5
the54thvoid
Stop with the insults please. Reply bans and/or points may follow.

This isn't aimed at you @londiste
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#6
Crackong
Launches
Public Beta Tests
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#7
ZoneDymo
londisteThere is no such thing as working natively. Either every game has HDR implemented on game level or something like Auto HDR is implemented on operating system level. Either way, there is quite a bunch of effort on either side.
Well for how it works it seems pretty post processy, just scan the rendered image for whites and black and expand on that,that is what auto hdr does so.im just confused why not everything just supports that
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#8
londiste
ZoneDymoWell for how it works it seems pretty post processy, just scan the rendered image for whites and black and expand on that,that is what auto hdr does so.im just confused why not everything just supports that
You are right, that is easy... in theory. When trying to implement something like this it turns out to not be so simple. You need to take care of colors, brightness levels across both frame and adjacent frames, it should still look good/impressive to be worth the hassle etc. True HDR implies 10/12-bit color resolution and brightness beyond 100%, both of which are difficult to consistently get from SDR image :)

HDR is not about whites or blacks. It is about (maximum) brightness.
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#9
Tsukiyomi91
telemetry and data collection has nothing to do with China or North Korea. Guess someone in here is being paranoid over it again. Insulting won't get you anywhere either.
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#10
piloponth
Windows 11 is just reskin of W10 + AlderLake scheduler. Passs...
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#11
R-T-B
Tsukiyomi91telemetry and data collection has nothing to do with China or North Korea.
It also has nothing to do with TPM. You guys are all over the place. The TPM is a keylocker and nothing more.
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#12
Tsukiyomi91
piloponthWindows 11 is just reskin of W10 + AlderLake scheduler. Passs...
Technically it is but I think it is more than just a Windows 10 reskin with bigLITTLE scheduler being baked in.
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#13
Chomiq
I don't care about TPM, nor telemetry. I just don't want to be the early adapter of (un)finished OS.

Now if MS would stuck to having internal team of beta testers instead of outsourcing it to "insiders" aka users this might have been different. No way I'm going to risk installing it on my work laptop, not to mention my desktop PC. Hell, even their latest W10 preview update from yesterday caused a BSOD on my work laptop, imagine what W11 might end up doing.

Ps.
Here's what MS boss has to say about testing of W11:
He said expert users had already tested it extensively through Window's Insider trial programme and was confident there would be no teething issues, adding the upgrade is "ready now".
Expert user =/= expert tester
Just because someone has installed a preview OS it doesn't make them "expert user" and even if they are "expert users" they do not replace "expert testers".

Even better:
For gamers, Microsoft promises that its new drive technology - Direct Storage - will lead to much better loading times in games by allowing a graphics card to access storage drives without going through the central processor.
But that feature, like some others, needs newer hardware to work.
But that feature, isn't in the release build.
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#14
zlobby
seth1911:fear:Garbage OS and now there is no reason to go on 11, like it was in the past with 10 and DX12:laugh:

"Windows 11 is designed for chip-to-cloud protection"
Now with TPM and direct access for the Good one like NSA
For the 3-letter agencies it's more like 'data, farm-to-table, all you can eat'.
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#15
Mussels
Moderprator
I love how TPM, that was always there along with secure boot is suddenly NSA spying on you.

They can see my memes and porn, why would they bother? You'd think people would use say, wireshark and simply spot such heavy traffic... nah.

They barely get info to think "wow the time savings from moving the start menu to the center are HUGE!"
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#16
rutra80
Everyone is oh so eco, while all these requirements aim at, is to trash perfectly fine hardware to sell the new one.
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#17
AlwaysHope
Don't matter if anyone likes win 11 or not. Fact of the matter is devs are going to be targeting this as a priority first, then win 10 secondly.
The tech train marches on whether anyone likes it or not.
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#18
Khonjel
amit_talkinI dont know about NSA but, even this garbage OS will be far better in terms of user experience than Linux and Mac OS combined together. I can live with bugs in os rather than wasting time doing simplest stuff in Linux.

Also, I never understand why people are so feared about telemetry , like you are not multi-billionaire that your information is too useful for anyone on internet.
In this difficult time of cyber crimes and terrorism, if any little data helps the security agencies to nab the culprits and safeguard the country, i wouldnt mind sending my telemetry data to them. Thats the least thing i can do to help my country. But people are too stupid to understand this.
Since you're from India, lemme give you a localised example. Privacy means when you criticize a politician, the BJP IT Cell won't be able to track you down and doxx you and your family to endless harassment. And in this case it's even a moot point. Your Windows 10 telemetry isn't even going to Indian security agencies. They're going to American ones. Similarly your TikTok data isn't helping India, it's helping China.
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
rutra80Everyone is oh so eco, while all these requirements aim at, is to trash perfectly fine hardware to sell the new one.
How?

All W10 machines continue to work fully, and supported fully.
Hell, drivers, programs, security updates... all will instantly be in W10, as well.
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#21
ExcuseMeWtf
> There's never been a better time to buy a PC

And the award for most tone-deaf remark of the week goes to MS marketing team.
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#22
rutra80
MusselsHow?

All W10 machines continue to work fully, and supported fully.
Hell, drivers, programs, security updates... all will instantly be in W10, as well.
AlwaysHopeFact of the matter is devs are going to be targeting this as a priority first, then win 10 secondly.
plus, everybody wants to have the newest shiny thing, the one with the longest support etc. - they will trash millions of perfectly working computers only to meet the artificial requirement of newest CPU or TPM.
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#23
Super XP
amit_talkinI dont know about NSA but, even this garbage OS will be far better in terms of user experience than Linux and Mac OS combined together. I can live with bugs in os rather than wasting time doing simplest stuff in Linux.

Also, I never understand why people are so feared about telemetry , like you are not multi-billionaire that your information is too useful for anyone on internet.
In this difficult time of cyber crimes and terrorism, if any little data helps the security agencies to nab the culprits and safeguard the country, i wouldnt mind sending my telemetry data to them. Thats the least thing i can do to help my country. But people are too stupid to understand this.
Umm that's not how things work. The last thing you want to do is send anybody, regardless of corporation, security etc., any of your data. And by you sending your telemetry data, you are not helping your country. Just an FYI.
Chomiq
I don't care about TPM, nor telemetry. I just don't want to be the early adapter of (un)finished OS.

Now if MS would stuck to having internal team of beta testers instead of outsourcing it to "insiders" aka users this might have been different. No way I'm going to risk installing it on my work laptop, not to mention my desktop PC. Hell, even their latest W10 preview update from yesterday caused a BSOD on my work laptop, imagine what W11 might end up doing.

Ps.
Here's what MS boss has to say about testing of W11:

Expert user =/= expert tester
Just because someone has installed a preview OS it doesn't make them "expert user" and even if they are "expert users" they do not replace "expert testers".

Even better:

But that feature, isn't in the release build.
Windows have beta testers? Umm, why is Windows OS's market share so high? lol
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#24
spanjaman
Chomiq
I don't care about TPM, nor telemetry. I just don't want to be the early adapter of (un)finished OS.

Now if MS would stuck to having internal team of beta testers instead of outsourcing it to "insiders" aka users this might have been different. No way I'm going to risk installing it on my work laptop, not to mention my desktop PC. Hell, even their latest W10 preview update from yesterday caused a BSOD on my work laptop, imagine what W11 might end up doing.

Ps.
Here's what MS boss has to say about testing of W11:

Expert user =/= expert tester
Just because someone has installed a preview OS it doesn't make them "expert user" and even if they are "expert users" they do not replace "expert testers".

Even better:

But that feature, isn't in the release build.
NEVER install previews of Microsoft updates. There's always some kind of trouble.
As for Win11... I have the recommended hardware, but I am not installing it until Windows 10 is not supported anymore.
Right now, there is no better MS OS then Win10. It's polished, quick and mostly clear of bugs.
After turning off those game modes and xbox stuff, telemetry and cortana bullshit you can even say it's secure and private.
I also deleted Microsoft Store altogether. Now I just need to find a way to delete Edge for good so it doesn't reinstall after update and I'll be golden :P
There won't be a great number of feature updates, but in my opinion that's for the best.
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#25
Bomby569
is this worth the upgrade?

i fell like it brings nothing to me, useless skin for W10. Not even a true dark mode, the same vanilla chocolate mode.
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