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Microsoft has officially released Windows 11 in the stable branch

Windows 11 is now officially available for download, as announced by Microsoft on its blog. Despite the fact that in the United States it is still October 4, the company decided to release a new operating system early, because in a number of countries is already October 5. Thus, if you recently purchased a computer based on Windows 10, then you can now upgrade to Windows 11.

Windows 11 Desktop With Start Menu And Taskbar

Microsoft notes that the upgrade to Windows 11 will roll out gradually. First of all, the system will receive new devices, and then the company will start releasing an update for the rest of the supported PCs. The update distribution process is expected to complete by mid-2022.

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This means some users will have to wait until early 2022. And many will not get a new system at all, as Microsoft changed the minimum hardware requirements, which made a large number of devices incompatible with Windows 11. However, there are unofficial ways to bypass restrictions.

By the way, on October 4, 2021, the 24-month lifecycle of Windows 11 Home and Pro editions also began.

As you may already know, the key difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10 is a completely new user interface. It looks beautiful, smooth and friendly.

There is a new Start menu, new Settings, new File Explorer. The user interface comes with rounder corners, bright colors and new icons everywhere.

Microsoft has also updated some of the built-in apps, including Paint, the Photos app, and Alarms and Clock.

So, should you upgrade to Windows 11 right now? Well, maybe it is not the best idea. It still lacks some features; the interface is not finished and still has usability flaws. Anyway, Windows 11 starts a new era of the modernization of the operating system. Of course, there is still a room for improvements, but the step in the right direction has been taken.

Most of the updated user interface features are separated from the system and are part of the Windows Feature Experience Pack. Microsoft can update this package with monthly cumulative updates, bringing more fixes and new options to the user. Besides, Windows 11 will receive major updates once a year in the fall, and not twice a year as it was set for Windows 10.

Right now, you can safely stay on Windows 10. It will be possible to switch to Windows 11 later this year, or even in 2022. Perhaps by this time Microsoft will fix all the major issues and minor bugs in the OS.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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