Microsoft has confirmed the upcoming launch of their new operating system, named Windows 11.

It was unclear whether Microsoft would be releasing a new standalone OS or moving over to a subscription “Windows” branded OS, but today’s release clears that up for us with the launch event.

It’s also been confirmed that Windows 11 will be available via a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit to download the PC Health Check app.

One cosmetic change is putting the “Start” button at the bottom-centre of the screen rather than the left-hand side.

In addition, Windows 11 will feature tighter integration with Microsoft’s communications platform Teams. Xbox Games Pass, a subscription service offering access to hundreds of games, will also be pre-installed.

The new software will let Android apps run on the Windows desktop.

Product manager Panos Panay promised smaller, faster security updates and said they would happen in the background, which should clear up a common complaint from users.

Windows 11 will also let users configure multiple desktops for work, home, and gaming, much like Mac computers.


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