Release date for Microsoft’s new operating system: one of its key features may not be included


Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 – its new operating system will be available on October 5th. However, it will not include some key features.

The free upgrade will be offered to all eligible Windows 10 computers and new hardware. In a blog post revealing the timeframe, Microsoft’s general manager of Windows marketing Aaron Woodman said that  all eligible devices were expected to be offered the free update to Windows 11 by mid-2022. The new software appears to be speedier with a flatter user interface, light and dark modes, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, which allow users to group apps together in the new Start Menu. All of these new features can be accessed with a single click.

Windows 11 was also supposed to bring Android apps to the desktop, which would be available through the Amazon AppStore and the Windows Store. Unfortunately, that will not be the case when the game launches. 

The Windows PC upgrade cycle has been contentious, with Microsoft changing the requirements of the new OS on a daily basis with minimal notice to consumers. Windows 11 system requirements include a 1GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and especially a Trusted Platform Module 2.0. This is a security chip that is typically found in professional notebook computers and desktops to store and safeguard passwords and encryption keys, and it is missing from many devices, including the Surface Pro tablets, the Surface Hub and the Surface Studio.

Surprisingly, Microsoft has established a “soft floor” (minimum requirements) for Windows 11 that is lower than these. Computers with the more common TPM 1.2 chip will be able to install the OS using an ISO file, but it will be in an unsupported state which means it will miss important updates and security patches.

For individuals who are unable to download the new operating system, Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025, but it is uncertain how many upgrades the six-year-old operating system will receive.