Windows 11

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Windows 11
Version of the Windows NT-based operating system
Screenshot of Windows 11, showing the start menu on desktop (dark mode).
OS familyMicrosoft Windows
Source modelSource-Available
October 5, 2021
Latest release23H2 (Build 22631.3593) / October 31, 2023
Latest preview24H2 (Germanium, development) / May 10, 2024
Preceded byWindows 10X (2020)
Windows 10 (2015)
Official website
Support status
Mainstream support will end on October 8, 2024
Extended support to be announced.

Windows 11 is the latest major release of Windows NT, the succesor to MS-DOS based Windows operating systems. It is available by ISO, installation assistant or as a free upgrade to Windows 10 on Windows Update for any desktops, laptops or all-in-ones that meet the system requirements. It is the successor to Windows 10. It is the first version of Windows to drop support for 32-bit processors.

Windows 11 is by now the second-most popular Windows version after Windows 10, at 44% of usage share.[1]

Features added[change | change source]

Widgets: Widgets in Windows 11 are compact, customizable information panels that offer quick access to various types of content and services, improving user productivity and convenience.[2]

Android app support: This feature enables users to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore onto their Windows 11 device.[3]

Version history[change | change source]

2021: Windows 11 21H2 (Build 22000) released on October 4th, 2021.[4]

2022: Windows 11 22H2 (Build 22621) released on September 20th, 2022.[4]

2023: Windows 11 23H2 (Build 22631) released on October 31st, 2023.[4]

2024: Windows 11 24H2 is expected to ship until for the year 2024.[5]

Reception[change | change source]

Before release[change | change source]

The reception of the operating system before release was seen as positive with critics praising the new design of the operating system seeing it as a productivity boost.[6]

However, critics also made negative comments on Windows 11 due to the high system requirements needed to run the operating system.[7] The high system requirements meant that more then 60 percent of computers could not upgrade to Windows 11[8] which made concerns about how the operating system could cause millions of people to throw away their computers.[9]

Launch[change | change source]

The operating system's reception after launch was seen as negative as many critics criticized on how it sacrificed productivity for looks and the system requirements of the operating systems.[10][11]

However critics praised the design of the operating system and the adding of Android app support to the Microsoft Store using the Amazon app store.[12] The operating system was also praised for increasing game performance in demanding titles and adding features from the operating system ran on the latest Xbox consoles.[13]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Steam Hardware & Software Survey". Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  2. "Windows 11: Biggest Changes and New Features". PCMAG. Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  3. Gartenberg, Chaim (2021-06-24). "Windows 11's Intel-powered Android apps will run on AMD and Arm processors, too". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 GitHub-Name. "Windows 11 Home and Pro - Microsoft Lifecycle". Retrieved 2024-03-18.
  5. "What's next for Windows 11? Microsoft prepares early 24H2 release ARM64 devices - Windows Central". Windows Central. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  6. "Windows 11 hands-on: A cleaner OS to keep you productive". Engadget. 2021-06-29. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  7. "Will your PC run Windows 11? Even Microsoft can't say for sure". ZDNET. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  8. "Windows 11 chaos, and how copying Apple could have helped Microsoft avoid it". ZDNET. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  9. Warren, Tom (2021-06-29). "Windows 11 will leave millions of PCs behind, and Microsoft is struggling to explain why". The Verge. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  10. "Why Windows 11 Sucks? See Everything Wrong with Windows 11!". MiniTool. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  11. updated, Kimberly Gedeon last (2021-10-09). "Why I hate Windows 11 — here's what Microsoft needs to fix". LaptopMag. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  12. "Windows 11: Biggest Changes and New Features". PCMAG. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  13. "The Biggest Changes in Microsoft Windows 11". TIME. 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2024-01-31.

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