Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 is now officially available for download. The company has made the OS update available for eligible devices in advance. If you recently purchased a Windows 10 computer, that means you can upgrade to Windows 11 right now.
The rollout of Windows 11 will be incremental. Microsoft says that existing Windows 10 devices that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be able to upgrade today, but it will mostly be new hardware that gets the upgrade immediately. Microsoft states: "We expect that all eligible Windows 10 devices will be offered an upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022."
You can check if an upgrade to Windows 11 is available from "Windows Update Center" in the Windows 10 settings area, or you can upgrade using Microsoft's new Installation Assistant.
Windows 11 includes a new user interface, a redesigned Start menu, an updated Microsoft Store, widgets, integration with Microsoft Teams and more.
New Surface devices will begin shipping Oct. 5 with Windows 11 preinstalled, along with new PCs and laptops from Asus, Lenovo and HP. Other PC makers, such as Acer, Dell and Samsung, will also be releasing new devices with Windows 11 soon.