Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 11 is projected to land in the fall of the year, but no further specifics have been provided until now.
But a set of official Windows 11 screenshots that made its way to the web via reddit seems to suggest that Microsoft could launch the new operating system on October 20.
While this could very well be just wishful thinking, the screenshot that you also here comes with the Windows clock set to 11:11, while the date is October 20, 2021. The timing seems to align with Microsoft’s typical Windows release calendar, as the company usually rolls out major Windows updates in the fall, either in October or in November.
And even if October 20 isn’t the ETA of Windows 11, the operating system should still see the daylight during one of these months, with Microsoft likely to provide a confirmation as we approach the planned launch.
Free upgrade also on its way
Windows 11 will be available pre-installed on new PCs, but Microsoft says it’ll also land as a free upgrade for select Windows 10 devices.
“Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app. We’re also working with our retail partners to make sure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for the upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and continuing into 2022,” the company says.
The very first preview build of Windows 11 will land as part of the Windows Insider program this week.