Windows 11 Launching On October 5

According to a blog post, Microsoft will be launching Windows 11. It will not however be a free for all as it will be launched in a phased approach. New devices that are eligible for the upgrade will be offered the upgrades first. Then, it will roll out over time to older devices based on intelligence models gathered by Microsoft. These intelligence models consider the hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device, and other factors. Microsoft expects all eligible devices will be upgraded to Windows 11 by mid-2022. Though given the gong show that has surrounded what will and will not be eligible for an upgrade, I fully expect that to be messy.

Now if you want to buy a new PC with Windows 11 pre-installed, you’ll have a few choices:

  • Acer Swift 5
  • Acer Swift X
  • Asus Zenbook Flip 13
  • Asus Zenbook 14
  • Alienware x15
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Spectre x360
  • Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
  • Surface Pro 7
  • Surface Laptop 4

At this point, my thinking is that if you really want Windows 11, your best route may be to buy a new PC. I personally will be setting up Windows 11 in a virtual machine and keeping it off of my actual PCs in the short term.

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