While Windows 11 will be launching some time later in the year, the free upgrade for Windows 10 users will only be possible in 2022.
As spotted by PCGamer, the official Windows Twitter handle replied to a question asking about the release day with, “Windows 11 is due out later in 2021 and will be delivered over several months. The rollout of the upgrade to Windows 10 devices already in use today will begin in 2022 through the first half of that year.”
While there isn’t much more detail to this, it seems like Windows 10 users will have to wait till next year to be able to redeem the free upgrade to Windows 11. Of course, this is considering that your PC meets the required specs:
- 64-bit CPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage
The new operating system will be bringing in a revamped UI and will be able to run Android apps natively. This means that you’ll be able to download your favourite android apps via the store and run them seamlessly on your PC. They’ll work just like regular file icons which can be made into shortcuts, pinned, etc. Microsoft is leveraging Intel Bridge technology to bring the Amazon Appstore to Windows 11, but it’s unclear how exactly it will work on PC.
Another major feature of Windows 11 is the built-in Xbox app which gives you quick access to Game Pass. While no visual representation was featured, it will probably look like the Xbox Series X|S home screen. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to stream games via Xbox Cloud Gaming without the need of a browser.
The Microsoft Store will also be seeing some changes with Windows 11. Besides the new look of the storefront, there are also major changes in the revenue share system. “Starting July 28, app developers will also have an option to bring their own or a third party commerce platform in their apps,” wrote Microsoft on its blog, “and if they do so they don’t need to pay Microsoft any fee. They can keep 100% of their revenue.”
Additionally, the store will allow more apps using frameworks and packaging technologies like win32, .net, UWP, Java, etc.
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