Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will become available on October 5, 2021. The upgrade will be free for all eligible Windows 10 PCs, and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase.

In honor of the Windows 11 release, here are 11 highlights from the update.

  1. New Design: The new design and sounds will be modern, fresh, clean, and aimed at bringing a sense of calm and ease.
  2. Start: Microsoft is putting users and content at the center. Start utilizes the power Microsoft 365 and shows users recent files no matter what device the documents were viewed on.
  3. Snap Layouts: Windows 11 will provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize users’ screen real estate with snap layouts and groups.
  4. Chat: Microsoft Teams will be integrated into the taskbar providing a faster way to connect with colleagues and friends.
  5. Widgets: Windows 11 will feature a new, more personalized feed powered by AI. It will provide a faster way to access information.
  6. Gaming Potential: Windows 11 will deliver the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of the system’s hardware. It will feature technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage, and Auto HDR.
  7. Microsoft Store: The Microsoft Store has been rebuilt with an all-new design making it much easier to search and discover new apps, games, shows, and movies in one location. It will also feature more Android apps in collaboration with Amazon and Intel.
  8. Inclusive Design: This new Windows will be the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  9. Developer Opportunity: The update unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. The Store will allow more developers and independent software vendors to bring their apps to the Store.
  10. Speed: Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency, and improved experiences with touch and voice.
  11. Hybrid Work: This operating system was designed and updated with hybrid managed IT services in mind. It will deliver new experiences that work how users now work, with enhanced security and familiarity.