Last month, Windows 11 was unveiled with a new interface, app icons, and a centralized Start menu. Deployment is expected to start later this year and will come pre-installed on new PCs. For Windows 10 users, Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade. It is presently available for testing for Windows Insider members. Microsoft also revealed the every year feature update plan for Windows 11. He confirmed that each year only one Windows 11 Great Features Update will be rolled out, while regular monthly quality updates will be provided for security and bug fixes.
Microsoft has elaborated the rollout plan of Feature Update and Quality Update for Windows 11 on its official support site. The company confirms that “every year it will provide only one Windows 11 feature update.” This contrasts with Windows 10’s update plan, which received two major updates each year. However, as per the company, Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices will continue to receive regular monthly quality updates to provide bug fixes and security updates.
The tech giant also confirms that Home, Pro, Pro for Education, and Pro for Workstations editions of Windows 11 will receive 24 months of support from the date of general availability. Additionally, Windows 11 Enterprise and Education editions will be carried for 36 months from the general availability date.
Since the acquiring of Windows 11 will likely be an extended affair, Microsoft assures that devices on working versions of Windows 10 will continue to receive monthly Windows 10 security updates through 2025, along with incremental improvements to Windows 10 to support ongoing Microsoft 365 deployments.
When it comes to hardware requirements, Microsoft said it has worked with all big silicon partners, including AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, to ensure Windows 11 can be deployed to most devices on the market. However, the least requirements for Windows 11 are not as light as Windows 10. Windows 11 will need at least a 64-bit x86 or ARM processor, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Windows 10, on the other hand, required a minimum of 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Along with the center-aligned Start menu, Windows 11 also brings upgrades with multitasking and PC gaming. To provide a new experience, Windows 11 also offers new wallpapers, animation effects and sounds. To add on, the latest Windows operating system comes with the updated Microsoft Store which has a lot of underlying changes including access to Android apps.