Windows 11 arrives on October 5, Android apps will come later
Windows 11 is no longer just “coming this fall”. Microsoft will begin releasing the new operating system to the public on October 5, starting with new PCs (and PCs sold in stores) and then moving to other supported systems over the next nine months or so. The company also claims that support for the upcoming Amazon-powered Android app on Windows 11 will not be ready for public consumption at launch; Microsoft will offer “a preview [of Android apps in the Microsoft Store] for Windows Insiders over the next few months. ”
Like recent Windows 10 updates, Windows 11 will have a gradual rollout through Windows Update. Most PCs won’t automatically start seeing and installing the update on October 5. PC, “based on intelligence models that take into account hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, device age, and other factors.” As with Windows 10 updates, you will be able to download an ISO file to initiate the upgrade yourself (Microsoft also offers tools such as the Windows Update Assistant to manually trigger upgrade installations. ; we assume that the company will also provide this system for Windows 11.). All compatible PCs are expected to be offered the update by mid-2022.
For PCs that do not meet strict Microsoft system requirements: a recent 64-bit Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor; Secure boot support enabled; and a TPM 2.0 with 4 GB or more of RAM and 64 GB or more of storage — Microsoft has been suspicious. Neither today’s announcement nor an article from last week explaining security requirements mentions the possibility of installing Windows 11 on unsupported PCs. But Microsoft told reporters that it won’t ban installation on incompatible systems as long as you install the operating system manually, but the company can later assert its right to refuse security updates and drivers on these PCs if it wishes.
Today’s announcement simply says “Windows 10 is the right choice” for these older systems and reiterated that Windows 10 will receive security updates until October 14, 2025. Windows 10 21H2 will be released in parallel with Windows 11 on a date that has yet to be announced; It’s not clear if Windows 10 will continue to receive feature updates twice a year after this, but Windows 11 will be updated on an annual schedule rather than twice a year.