Microsoft, on June24, 2021, officially announced Windows 11. That much we know, the rest is still a bit fuzzy.

 

It is due to be released late 2021, early 2022. It will be a free upgrade from Windows 10 if your machine meets the minimum hardware requirements. This is where the rubber hits the road.

 

Early indications are that it will only support modern CPU processors, in the Intel world, 8th Generation and above. That very well could mean machines just purchased do not qualify. Please be aware stores are still selling gear, as of June 2021, that may not qualify. Of course these are early days and even Microsoft is reevaluating their requirements.

 

The important message in all of this is, if you are thinking of buying a new computer get it in writing that it is certified for Windows 11. There was a Microsoft tool to assess your machine but that has been pulled. When it is available again I will post the link here. There is a third party tool if you are interested. Some of the "Did not Pass" conditions can be fixed without the need for new hardware and as I said earlier Microsoft still hasn't finalized the requirements.

 

So you ask what will happen to Windows 10? There is some good news here. Windows 10 will be supported until October 2025. This also means if you don't mind buying again in four years you very well will be able to pick up some nice deals on that store inventory that is not Windows 11 certified.

 

I will be publishing more information as it becomes available. If you want to know if your existing machine is likely to pass give me a call.

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