Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 11 will be available for download from October 5th with the tech giant also announcing laptops with Windows 11.
Eligible computers which run the minimum requirements for the operating system will be able to download updates from free from that day onwards.
Newer computers will also be pre-loaded with the operating system which will likely slowly replace Windows 10 as the most used computer operating system in the world.
Windows 11 highlights
Aside from a new design, Microsoft‘s Windows 11 comes with Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops which aims to provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize the computer screen.
It also integrates Chat from Microsoft Teams into the taskbar, adds widgets, and has a new Microsoft Store .
gamers will also enjoy DirectX 12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, Auto HDR and access to over 100 high-quality PC games and new games through Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate customers.
Also added is an integration between taskbar, hence now allowing users to instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with loved ones anywhere in the world across Windows, Android or iOS.
Getting your upgrade to Windows 11
Eligible devices will be offered to get a free upgrade to Windows 11 on October 5.
The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience.
Microsoft expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.
Windows Update will inform users when the update is available.
Laptops with Windows 11
Several laptops were also announced to be eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade by Microsoft.
While laptops with preloaded with Windows 11 will be a norm in the future, it’s highly advisable to get one that can be further upgraded to Windows 11 if you are planning to buy a laptop now.
Some of the laptops elegible for Windows 11 upgrade are:
- Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55)
- Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G)
- Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363
- Asus Zenbook 14 UX425
- Dell Alienware x15
- Dell Alienware x17
- Dell XPS 13
- HP Spectre x360 14
- HP ENVY x360 15
- 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible series
- Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro series
- Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
The list of laptops eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade is not exclusive to the ones above, so don’t worry if your laptop is not listed above.
Microsoft will be relaunching the PC Health Check app soon so that you can know if your computer is eligible for a Windows 11 update.