On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it will offer free upgrades to Windows 11 on October 5. The upgrade of its next version of its desktop operating system will be available free for eligible Personal Computers (PCs). The upgrades would be available through a period of times on different devices that run Windows 10. Microsoft is staggering its release and new devices will be the first to get the upgrade. Although Windows 11 was announced on June 24 it was initially available only to developers.
Those who have Windows 10 PCs will get notifications about the upgrade to Windows 11. Windows Update will also inform you if your device is eligible for the upgrade. A dedicated PC Health Check app, which is currently in preview, will also let you know about upgrades. The upgrade will continue up to the middle of next year.
In a blog post, Aaron Woodman, who is the marketing general manager for Windows, said that the software and hardware company would use on device data and a few other factors to determine which devices will get the first option to upgrade.
If your PC cannot support Windows 11, don’t worry. Microsoft had said that it will continue to support Windows 10, which was released in 2015, until October 14, 2025. It will also release an update later this year for Windows 10, but the total number of upgrades is not known, as yet.
Windows has been an integral part of Microsoft right from 1985 when it was first released. It was the most commonly used software across the nation as well as the world for a longer time. It is still a major system used in many governmental and public sector companies.
Microsoft’s fourth quarter fiscal reported that Windows brought in $6.6 billion in revenue. This represents 14 percent of Microsoft’s total sales. A successful release might improve the company’s future as benefits could be added to Azure — Microsoft’s Cloud Service and Office —Microsoft’s suite of desktop software applications.