Windows 11 is released

Microsoft announces Windows 11, generally available by the holidays
https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/24/microsoft-announces-windows-11-generally-available-by-the-holidays/

Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the general public by the holidays, so we can probably expect it sometime around late November.

You will now also be able to run Android apps on Windows. These apps will seem like native apps that can be integrated into the taskbar.

Windows 11 will come with Teams built-in.

Microsoft promises better graphics for gaming thanks to Auto HDR, a feature that’s already available on Xbox.

More:
Introducing Windows 11 page and video.

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69 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft won’t block users from getting Windows 11 on most old PCs if they install using ISO files, but they won’t get Windows Updates, including security ones

    Microsoft won’t stop you installing Windows 11 on older PCs
    Windows 11 will run on older CPUs
    https://www.theverge.com/22644194/microsoft-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements-processors-changes?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Android Subsystem for Windows placeholder app appears in the Microsoft Store
    Microsoft Insider testers may get to try out the Android Subsystem for Windows sooner rather than later, based on the existence of a placeholder app in the Microsoft Store.
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/android-subsystem-for-windows-placeholder-app-appears-in-the-microsoft-store/

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Asus is working on new firmware for certain motherboards that enables PCs to upgrade to Windows 11, bypassing the system requirements that Microsoft set for it.

    Windows 11 could come to older PCs thanks to Asus
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/windows-11-could-come-to-older-pcs-thanks-to-asus/ar-AAOeiSu?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

    Asus is working on new firmware for certain motherboards that enables PCs to upgrade to Windows 11, bypassing the system requirements that Microsoft set for it.

    The system requirements of Microsoft’s Windows 11 has had its fair share of confusion, ever since the upgrade was announced on June

    While Microsoft further clarified in August that other Intel chips and motherboards may be able to install Windows 11, other users are still left out from the upgrade.

    However, Asus looks to be working on firmware updates for its Intel motherboards, rolling out beta versions that enable Windows 11 to be installed on certain products.

    While Windows 11 officially supports the eighth generation Intel Core processors at minimum, Asus is using this opportunity to clearly support sixth-gen Skylake and seventh-gen Kaby Lake for its users on certain motherboards.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Office 2021 will be available on October 5th
    https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-office-2021-october-5-2021-170152304.html

    Microsoft will release Office 2021, the next consumer version of its productivity suite, on October 5th. That’s the same day the company will launch Windows 11. Much like Office 2019 before it, Office 2021 is a one-time purchase that will be available on both Windows and macOS. It’s for people who don’t want to subscribe to the company’s Microsoft 365 subscription.

    Microsoft announces Office 2021, available for Windows and macOS later this year
    Microsoft Office LTSC is also arriving for businesses
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/18/22288959/microsoft-office-2021-windows-mac-features-release-date-price

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11:ssä on korvia hivelevä ominaisuus
    Antti Kailio
    https://www.tivi.fi/uutiset/windows-11ssa-on-korvia-hiveleva-ominaisuus/5d6091c5-e814-40cd-a692-ce8de2397ecd

    Tumma teema säästää silmiä, mutta myös korvat on otettu huomioon Windows 11:ssä.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    In order:
    Windows 1.x
    Windows 2.x
    Windows 3.x
    Windows 7
    Windows 8.x
    Windows 10
    Windows 11
    Windows 95
    Windows 98
    Windows 2000
    Windows ME
    Windows NT 3.x
    Windows NT 4.x
    Windows Vista
    Windows XP

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 is out. Is it any good for security?
    https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2021/10/windows-11-security/
    Windows 11, the latest operating system (OS) from Microsoft, launches today, and organizations have begun asking themselves when and if they should upgrade from Windows 10 or older versions. The requirements and considerations of each organization will be different, and many things will inform the decisions they make about whether to stick or twist.
    One of those things will be whether or not Windows 11 makes them safer and more secure. I spoke to Malwarebytes’ Windows experts Alex Smith and Charles Oppermann to understand what’s changed in Windows 11 and what impact it could have on security.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Paul Alcorn / Tom’s Hardware:
    AMD warns that its CPUs running Windows 11 may suffer 3%-5% reduced performance for some apps, 10%-15% for esports games; AMD and Microsoft are working on a fix — AMD has announced that all of its WIndows 11-compatible processors can suffer from reduced performance in some applications …

    AMD: Windows 11 Slows Our CPUs Up To 15%, Patch Coming
    High latency bug hits fast
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-windows-11-slows-cpus-up-to-15-patch-coming

    AMD has announced that all of its WIndows 11-compatible processors can suffer from reduced performance in some applications when used with the new operating system, with extreme outliers in eSports gaming titles resulting in up to a 10-15% reduction. For applications, AMD says that the performance impact weighs in at 3–5%. A software update and a Windows Update are in the works to address the issues, with both expected to arrive in October 2021 (this month).

    The errors impact every Ryzen CPU supported in Windows 11. That means all Zen+, Zen 2 and Zen 3 CPUs that comprise the Ryzen 2000, Ryzen 3000, Ryzen 4000, and Ryzen 5000 processors. In addition, select AMD EPYC processors for data centers, along with some newer Athlon chips, are also impacted. You can see the full list here, but suffice it to say that every AMD chip on our Best CPUs for gaming list is included.

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Office 2021 To Be Released Alongside Windows 11
    By Aaron Klotz 5 days ago
    October 5 for a new OS and office suite
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-11-and-office-2021-release-together

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The best part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux
    WSL is finally easy to install—and offers automatic sound/graphics support.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/10/the-best-part-of-windows-11-is-a-revamped-windows-subsystem-for-linux/

    For years now, Windows 10′s Windows Subsystem for Linux has been making life easier for developers, sysadmins, and hobbyists who have one foot in the Windows world and one foot in the Linux world. But WSL, handy as it is, has been hobbled by several things it could not do. Installing WSL has never been as easy as it should be—and getting graphical apps to work has historically been possible but also a pain in the butt that required some fairly obscure third-party software.

    Windows 11 finally fixes both of those problems. The Windows Subsystem for Linux isn’t perfect on Windows 11, but it’s a huge improvement over what came before.

    Microsoft has traditionally made installing WSL more of a hassle than it should be, but the company finally got the process right in Windows 10 build 2004. Just open an elevated Command prompt (start –> type cmd –> click Run as Administrator), type wsl –install at the prompt, and you’re good to go. Windows 11, thankfully, carries this process forward unchanged.

    A simple wsl –install with no further arguments gets you Hyper-V and the other underpinnings of WSL, along with the current version of Ubuntu. If you aren’t an Ubuntu fan, you can see what other easily installable distributions are available with the command wsl –list –online. If you decide you’d prefer a different distro, you can install it instead with—for example—wsl –install -d openSUSE-42.

    If you’re not sure which distribution you prefer, don’t fret. You can install as many as you like, simply by repeating wsl –list –online to enumerate your options and wsl –install -d distroname to install whichever you like.

    In addition to easy installation, WSL on Windows 11 brings support for both graphics and audio in WSL apps. This isn’t exactly a first—Microsoft debuted WSLg in April, with Windows 10 Insider Build 21364. But Windows 11 is the first production Windows build with WSLg support.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
    Microsoft makes a preview version of Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows 11 available in the Microsoft Store, decoupling the app from the Windows image — Microsoft is taking the first step toward making WSL available as a decoupled app available via the Microsoft Store via a first preview release.

    Microsoft makes Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows 11 a separate app in the Microsoft Store
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-makes-windows-subsystem-for-linux-for-windows-11-a-separate-app-in-the-microsoft-store/

    Microsoft is taking the first step toward making WSL available as a decoupled app available via the Microsoft Store via a first preview release.

    Microsoft is making available today, October 11, a preview version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for Windows 11 in the Microsoft Store. This isn’t a new version of WSL; Microsoft is just making the existing WSL 2 available in the Store as an option at this point. Microsoft’s goal in doing this is to get users the latest WSL updates and features faster, according to the blog post announcing the new preview.

    Up until now, WSL has been installed as an optional component inside Windows. As noted in Microsoft’s post, the binaries that make up WSL’s logic in that optional component are part of the Windows image, and thus are serviced and updated when the OS itself is. By decoupling WSL from the Windows image and making it a separate app available from the Store, users can get updates to the app independently of the OS.

    Microsoft has made a number of the new features for WSL that were part of Windows 11 available in the separate WSL preview. WSLg (GUI app support for WSL) is in there. New wsl.exe — mount features are included. The supported Microsoft Linux kernel is 5.10.60.1; a progress indicator helper function with a Please Wait message is there, and wsl.exe — version command has been added.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 11 is out. Is it any good for security?
    https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2021/10/windows-11-security/
    Windows 11, the latest operating system (OS) from Microsoft, launches today, and organizations have begun asking themselves when and if they should upgrade from Windows 10 or older versions. The requirements and considerations of each organization will be different, and many things will inform the decisions they make about whether to stick or twist. One of those things will be whether or not Windows 11 makes them safer and more secure.
    A higher bar for hardware
    All hail the hypervisor
    United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
    Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0)
    New in Windows 11
    Windows 11 has some new tricks up its sleeve too.
    Hardware-enforced Stack Protection
    Windows 11 comes ready to embrace the impressively-named Pluton TPM architecture.
    Microsoft Azure Attestation (MAA)
    Evolution, not revolution

    For several years, Microsoft’s approach to Windows security has been to create a chain of trust that ensures the integrity of the entire hardware and software stack, from the ground up. The latest version of Windows seeks to make that approach the default, and demands the hardware necessary to make it work. With Windows 11, Microsoft is making an aggressive attempt to raise the security floor of the PC platform, and that’s a good thing for everyone’s security.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The new Windows 11 won’t run on many older systems, and hundreds of millions of users will thus be stranded on Windows 10. Many of those excluded likely don’t yet know this is happening, or why.

    Windows 11 is Here, But Will It Run on Your PC? Some of the actual beta testers will now have to downgrade to Windows 10
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/windows-11-is-here-but-will-it-run-on-your-pc

    Microsoft’s Windows 11 is awesome. It also abandons millions of users.

    The latest version of Microsoft’s 36-year-old operating system began its rollout on 5 October 2021. Some eligible devices may not receive it until mid-2022. Still, there’s a chance your PC will have the update by the time you read this.

    If you have a new PC, that is. Windows 11 is a free upgrade, but in a break from past releases, Microsoft will exclude hundreds of millions of PCs that run Windows 10.

    To add insult to this injury, Microsoft is ejecting users who installed the preview build of Windows 11 on unsupported machines as part of the Windows Insider Program, which is used to test new Windows builds. These machines will prompt users to “please install Windows 10.” Yes, that’s right. Microsoft officially told users to downgrade.

    Windows 11′s system requirements are strict: It excludes a large majority of Intel processors sold before October of 2017 and all AMD processors sold before late 2017. This includes flagship processors like Intel’s Core i7-7700K and AMD’s Ryzen 1800X. They beat the system requirements of cutting-edge PC games like Control and professional applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, but they’re not good enough for Windows 11.

    Those who buy a new PC will find another obstacle. Windows 11 Home, the version installed on most consumer PCs, will require a Microsoft account and a connection to the Internet to complete setup. PCs sold with Windows 11 Home will be more restrictive than an iPhone.

    Windows 11′s system requirements leave hundreds of millions of users stranded on Windows 10 (global PC sales exceeded 250 million each year from 2015 to 2017). Many of those excluded likely don’t yet know this is going to happen, or why.

    Microsoft says the change will improve reliability and security. An official post claims Windows 11′s requirements provide a “99.8 percent crash-free experience” in internal tests and says security improvements “were informed based on trillions of signals from Microsoft’s threat intelligence.” Dig deeper and you’ll find the requirements are tied to Windows Driver design principles known as DCH and Trusted Platform Module 2.0, a crypto-processor used to protect PCs against malware.

    Microsoft is even gaining traction with gamers. Windows 11 adds new features like Auto HDR, which uses AI to provide automatic HDR to games that lack it, boosting brightness, contrast, and visible detail. Xbox Game Pass for PC, which offers hundreds of titles for US $9.99 per month, finally provides a reason to use Windows’ bundled Xbox app.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Warren / The Verge:
    Microsoft begins letting Windows 11 beta testers try Android apps from the Amazon Appstore, starting with 50 apps including Kindle, Apple Music, and Signal — Beta Channel testers get access first — Microsoft is now allowing Windows 11 testers to try out Android apps.

    Microsoft now lets you test Android apps on Windows 11
    Beta Channel testers get access first
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/20/22736528/microsoft-android-apps-windows-11-test?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4

    Microsoft is now allowing Windows 11 testers to try out Android apps. A preview version of the Windows Subsystem for Android will be available to beta testers of Windows 11 today, providing access to apps from the Amazon Appstore. Testers with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will all be able to try out Android apps on Windows 11.

    Apps can be loaded through the Microsoft Store, which will list a variety of apps that then point toward the Amazon Appstore to load and install. Android apps can run side by side with other Windows apps, and they’re also integrated into Alt + Tab and Task view, and you can pin them to the Start menu or the taskbar.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What Windows 11 means for Windows on Arm, and why it will bring more big name apps
    https://www.techrepublic.com/article/what-windows-11-means-for-windows-on-arm-and-why-it-will-bring-more-big-name-apps/

    Making it easier for developers to port apps to Arm at their own speed without losing the convenience of emulation should make Windows on Arm more credible.

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hands on with Microsoft’s Android app support in Windows 11 https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/hands-on-with-microsofts-android-app-support-in-windows-11/
    Microsoft has released its first preview build of the Windows Subsystem for Android, allowing you to run Android apps directly on your desktop. Like the Windows Subsystem for Linux, the Windows Subsystem for Android allows you to run native Android apps in a virtualized environment with sound, graphics, and network connectivity.

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