Microsoft Windows 11 launch on October 5, only for compatible computers

6 Sep, 2021

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Windows 11 will be officially released on October 5th. It will first be available on a few new computers, then will be offered gradually to machines running Windows 10, provided they meet relatively strict conditions. The deployment will take about a year. Note that the ability to run Android applications, the flagship feature of the system, will not be available at launch.

Windows 10 was supposed to be working forever, it ultimately only managed six years. Microsoft announces this August 31 that the new version of its operating system will be officially launched on October 5, 2021. It will then begin to be sold preinstalled on new computers, and existing Windows 10 PCs will be offered an update. Finally, if they meet the necessary conditions.

NO ANDROID APPLICATIONS AT LAUNCH

Note that one of the most anticipated features of Windows 11, the ability to run Android applications from the Microsoft Store, will not be available at launch. The centred taskbar, on the other hand, will be there (but can be changed in the settings).

Microsoft doesn’t give much information on when Android apps will arrive, other than that they should be available to Windows Insider members “in the coming months.” The company is working with Amazon to secure compatible applications and with Intel to develop the Android subsystem that will run on Windows.

Generally speaking, the deployment of Windows 11 will take place gradually until mid-2022 at the very least. Not surprisingly, new PCs will be served first. For the existing line, the update will be done via Windows Update, the eligible machines being notified according to a series of criteria that remain rather vague.

AN UPDATE LIMITED TO THE MOST RECENT COMPUTERS

Indeed, while Microsoft had been forcing to get as many Windows 10 installations as quickly as possible (with mixed success), it decided on a radically opposite strategy this time around. When the system was announced in June, the company hinted that a majority of current PCs would not be compatible, especially because their components are considered too old or they do not have a sufficiently advanced TPM module.

Faced with the dissatisfaction of a large number of users, Microsoft has since gone back a bit and will let people install the system manually from an ISO. However, then they may not be able to receive future updates, including security updates.

Anyway, the majority of computers using Windows 10 seem to be doomed to stay on this OS, whose official support will end on October 14, 2025. To evolve, it will therefore be necessary to buy a machine.

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