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Microsoft Windows 11 Preview

 Microsoft Windows 11 Preview

After six years during which Windows 10 remained largely unchanged, the world’s most popular desktop operating system is getting a major overhaul with the unveiling of Windows 11. That’s despite Microsoft proclaiming Window 10 as the last version of Windows. No matter: After a couple years of ho-hum updates, the Windows-using world—at least some of it—has something to get excited about.

That said, when we first ran Windows 11, we were surprised that it still wasn’t that different from Windows 10, despite its very new look. Not as much as we'd expected it to be, based on the screenshots we'd seen. Sure, it looks nicer with rounded corners for all windows, the taskbar icons in the middle, and more elegant Settings dialogs, but it didn’t feel totally alien or require a whole new process the way Windows 8 did.

What Are Windows 11’s Requirements and How Do You Get It?
Windows 11 will launch in late 2021—the latest scoop is that it will come out in October, though I wouldn't be surprised if delays pushed it until later in the year. It will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. Pricing hasn't been announced for non-upgrades—that is, DIY PC builds or pre-Windows 10 computers. In the meanwhile, the first beta of Windows 11 has been released via the Windows Insider Program's Beta Channel.

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