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Windows 11 release date hints easy to find (Update: New sad details confirmed)

UPDATE: Microsoft has some bad news for folks looking to upgrade from Windows 10 for free.

Published onJune 28, 2021

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  • So far, Microsoft will only give a vague “holiday” window for the Windows 11 release date.
  • However, multiple bits of evidence point to an October 20 release date, or at least sometime in October.
  • Microsoft confirmed that upgrades for current Windows 10 PCs will roll out in 2022.

Update, June 28, 2021 (01:03 PM ET): Not long after we published this article, we found some new confirmed information through the official Windows Twitter account (h/t IGN). Unfortunately, it doesn’t confirm the Windows 11 release date, but it does shed some new light on the rollout.

According to the tweet, Windows 11 will land as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 devices in 2022. The release date of the operating system is still scheduled for the “holiday” of this year. It will also start to land on new computers around that time. The free upgrade, though, won’t start rolling out until early next year.

Microsoft wasn’t clear, though, on whether or not you could pay to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 earlier than that. From the wording of the tweet, that does seem likely.

Original article, June 28, 2021 (10:25 AM ET): Last week, Microsoft took the wraps off the newest iteration of its desktop operating system, known as Windows 11. During the launch event, the company revealed a ton of details related to the software.

However, it did not divulge a Windows 11 release date. It confirmed that early beta testers will get a chance to use the software this month. It also confirmed that the stable rollout would happen at some point during the “holiday” period of this year. It didn’t give any more specific info, though.

Related: You told us: You’ll definitely be running Android apps on your Windows 11 PC

Thankfully, The Verge deduced ways to figure out when Microsoft will most likely launch Windows 11. For example, in one image Microsoft shared, you can see a Microsoft Teams conversation between Stevie Bathiche and Panos Panay, two key execs at Microsoft. In the message, Bathiche tells Panay that he “can’t wait for October.”

Drilling down to an even more specific time isn’t tricky, either. There are multiple instances in which the date and time shown in Windows 11 images are 11:11 on October 20, 2021. Granted, there are a few others that reference October 6, 2021, but it appears very clear that October is when we’ll see the Windows 11 release date.

There’s still some confusion surrounding which existing PCs would be eligible for the free Windows 11 upgrade. Microsoft has promised to release a blog post soon giving more information on what you’ll need to do to get your PC ready for the upgrade as well as what you’ll be able to do if your hardware isn’t officially eligible.