Windows 11 is a major version of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft that was announced on June 24, 2021, and is the successor to Windows 10, which was released in 2015. Windows 11 was released to the public on October 5, 2021, as a free upgrade via Windows Update and Windows 11 Installation Assistant on eligible devices running Windows 10.
Windows 11 features major changes to the Windows shell influenced by the canceled Windows 10X, including a redesigned Start menu, the replacement of its “live tiles” with a separate “Widgets” panel on the taskbar, the ability to create tiled sets of windows that can be minimized and restored from the taskbar as a group, and new gaming technologies inherited from Xbox Series X and Series S such as Auto HDR and DirectStorage on compatible hardware. Internet Explorer (IE) has been replaced by the Blink engine-based Microsoft Edge as the default web browser, and Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Windows shell. Microsoft also announced plans to allow more flexibility in software that can be distributed via Microsoft Store, and to support Android apps on Windows 11 (including a partnership with Amazon to make its app store available for the function)
What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?
When can I buy a PC that comes preinstalled with Windows 11?
Will my accessories work with Windows 11?
I want to buy a PC now. Will I be able to install Windows 11 later?
The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalized, but is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device.
How do I know if my current Windows 10 PC meets the hardware requirements for Windows 11?
How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?