Microsoft today announced Windows 11 with much fanfare, and of course, the biggest question is who gets it and how much they have to pay for it.
First of all, it’s important to keep in mind Windows 11 will take the place of the fall of 2021 Windows 10 feature update, which means the highly anticipated Windows 10 feature update will be, in fact, this new operating system.
And because everybody expected to get another Windows 10 feature update, Microsoft has decided to make Windows 11 free of charge for some users.
In other words, if you’re running Windows 10, there’s a good chance you’ll get Windows 11 at no cost, though Microsoft says only eligible computers will be offered the free upgrade.
“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,” Panos Panay, the Microsoftie in charge of everything Windows and Surface, explained.
Windows 11 preview build coming next week
The free upgrade promo will kick off later this year, and Microsoft says partners selling Windows 10 PCs will also offer the switch to Windows 11 free of charge.
“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. And next week, we’ll begin to share an early build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider Program – this is a passionate community of Windows fans whose feedback is important to us,” Panay continued.
The first Windows 11 preview build will go live for insiders next week.