Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will begin offering a free upgrade to the next version of its desktop operating system, Windows 11, for qualifying PCs starting October 5.
Windows, originally released in 1985, remains an important part of Microsoft’s business. In its fiscal fourth quarter, Windows generated revenue of $ 6.6 billion, or 14% of the company’s total software and hardware sales. A successful release of Windows 11 could further secure the future of the franchise, which could also benefit other parts of Microsoft’s business, such as Azure and Office.
As with previous updates, Microsoft will use device data and other factors to determine which devices will receive the upgrade offer first, wrote Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows Marketing, in an article. blog.
On PCs running Windows 10, which has the necessary components to run Windows 11, the Windows Update feature will notify users when upgrades are available. Users can manually check whether the upgrade is ready or not by going to “Settings> System> Windows Update” on their computer.
Woodman pointed out a variety of Windows 10 PCs that people can buy now and upgrade to Windows 11 later, including Dell XPS 13, HP Specter x360, and Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro, as well as Microsoft Includes your Surface Pro 7.
Windows 11 brings a modern look, with rounded corners and app icons displayed in the center of the taskbar. The new sounds are designed to be less shocking. Microsoft has redesigned the Start menu, the App Store, and the Settings app, and it’s just got easier to organize multiple app windows on the screen. And Android apps will be available through Amazon’s Appstore. The refresh comes as Microsoft faces increasing competition from Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome operating system and Chromebooks capable of running Android apps.
There is also no guarantee that everyone will want to upgrade to the new operating system given the massive popularity of its predecessor. Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015, making it the longest time to market a version of Windows before it was replaced. It has become the most popular PC operating system in the world, with 1.3 billion active devices per month. Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025, and the company suggests people stick with it if their PCs can’t run Windows 11 and they don’t want to buy a new PC.
On June 24, Microsoft announced that Windows 11 would be the successor to Windows 10 and made it available to testers enrolled in the Windows Insider program four days later. Since then, Microsoft has rolled out seven incremental updates containing feature changes and bug fixes. Now the company is preparing to make the final version of Windows 11 available to many more customers, and device makers are starting to sell new PCs running the operating system.
Microsoft said last week that it will support Windows 11 when it runs on various PC processors, including Intel chips manufactured by 2016. The company expects all devices to meet Windows requirements. 11 receive the free upgrade by mid-2022, Woodman wrote.
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