Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced that Windows 11 would be released on October 5. As expected, eligible Windows 10 users can get the new operating system as a free upgrade. Around the same time, new hardware and devices will start shipping that entirely support Windows 11.
As we’ve seen in the past, Windows 11 will be rolled out in a phased manner, meaning that it won’t be available for everyone on the launch day. Furthermore, newer devices will get the Windows 11 update first, and we might see more devices being eligible shortly after the actual release date.
Windows 11 Release: A Probable Mess
Microsoft surprised everyone with the release date, for it’s earlier than we expected. Also, not all users are happy with the early release date; these users mostly consist of Windows Insider Dev channel users.
“Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience,” reads Microsoft’s blog post. The blog post further explains that Microsoft expects all eligible devices to receive the update by mid-2022. Depending on your hardware, it can be a long wait until you get the promised Windows 11 update. However, you can always install a Windows 11 ISO, but then you might not get updates.
Above all, Microsoft isn’t providing users with one of the most-awaited features that it announced back in June. We’re not getting the functionality to run Android apps on the first release of Windows 11. While the ability to use Android apps is a feature everyone wants, it apparently isn’t ready yet.
The list of new features in the aforementioned blog post doesn’t contain Android apps, meaning they’re delayed. The blog post also mentions that the feature will arrive for Windows Insiders in the coming months, exactly what the company said before.
Bad News for Some Insiders
Since Redmond provided us with a definitive release date for Windows 11, it’s now making some bold moves. Earlier, Microsoft allowed certain PCs that did not meet the system requirements to enroll in the Windows Insider Program and get Windows 11 builds. However, it’s time for the unsupported PCs to roll back.
Now, Microsoft has started to kick unsupported PCs out of the Windows Insider Dev channel. You may have to go back to Windows 10 if you have an unsupported CPU and run a Windows 11 build on the Dev channel. Microsoft seems to be getting strict by the day, and you should be careful while installing Windows 11.
As a precaution, make sure that your PC is running Windows 11. Due to the escalated requirements, many users might not want to update. In the end, the stability of the system matters. Microsoft has promised to provide support for Windows 10 by 2025.