Microsoft’s Windows 11 will launch without one of its major features

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Microsoft has revealed that its new operating system, Windows 11, will be available on October 5th – though it lacks some key features.

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The free upgrade will be available for eligible Windows 10 computers and all new hardware. “We expect all eligible devices to be offered a free upgrade to Windows 11 by the middle of 2022” said general manager of Windows Marketing at Microsoft Aaron Woodman in a blog post announcing the date.

The new software is noticeably faster, with a rounder user interface, light and dark modes, and Snap Layout and Snap Group, which let users group apps together in the new Start menu, which can then be brought up at the click of a button. could.


Windows 11 was also expected to offer Android apps on the desktop, available on the Windows Store via the Amazon Appstore. Unfortunately, this will not happen at launch.

“We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will begin with a preview for Windows Insiders in the coming months,” Woodman wrote, without elaborating on reasons.

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The upgrade cycle of Windows computers has been controversial, with Microsoft changing new OS requirements daily with little notice to users. System requirements for Windows 11 include a 1GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and – most notably – a Trusted Platform Module 2.0.

It’s a security chip used mostly in professional notebook machines and desktops to store and protect passwords and encryption keys, which is not the case in many computers, including the Surface Pro tablet, Surface Hub, and Surface Studio.

Confusingly, Microsoft has set a ‘soft floor’ (minimum requirements) for Windows 11 below these specifications; Using an ISO File, computers with the more common TPM 1.2 chip will be able to install the OS, but in an unsupported state, meaning it may miss important updates and security patches.

For those who can’t download the new operating system, Windows 10 will still be supported until October 14, 2025, but it’s not clear how many updates the six-year-old operating system will receive.


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