Windows 11 Launch Central
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Microsoft is set to launch Windows 11 on Oct. 5. Get ready for the next generation of Microsoft's operating system with a roundup of comprehensive coverage from Redmondmag and our sister sites.
Windows 11 News
Windows 11 Is Commercially Released and So Are Most of the Tools
Most of the configuration and deployment tools for Windows 11 are now released for IT pro use, with a few exceptions, Microsoft indicated this week.
Windows 11: Made for a Hybrid Workforce
Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 11, is now officially available as a free upgrade for some Windows 10 users.
Microsoft Releases PowerShell Script To Check Windows 11 Upgrade Readiness
Microsoft announced the release of a PowerShell script for checking hardware readiness for Windows 11 upgrades, and promised an Endpoint Analytics tool will be arriving "over the next few days."
Microsoft Releases 'Commercial Previews' of Windows 11 and Windows 10 Version 21H2
Microsoft announced that "commercial previews" of Windows 11 and Windows 10 version 21H2 are available for testing by organizations opting into the Windows Insider Program for Business.
Microsoft Clarifies Windows 11 Processor Requirements
Microsoft further described Windows 11 hardware requirements, providing an update on questions about possible seventh-generation processor support.
Microsoft Suggests Windows 11 Will Work with Current Tools
Microsoft outlined perks for IT pros with the coming Windows 11 operating system, suggesting that deployment and management will be similar to Windows 10.
Windows 11 Views and Impressions
Windows 11 First Impressions, Part 1: It's the Windows 10 That Never Was
Microsoft hasn't said so, but Windows 11 might be shaping up to become the great unifying OS that Windows 10 should have been.
Windows 11 First Impressions, Part 2: Some Unanswered Questions
Microsoft's Windows 11 unveiling was packed with information but, in some key ways, it left Brien with more questions than answers.
Q&A with Panu Saukko: The Best Windows 10/11 Tips & Tricks
PCs the world over have been running Windows 10 for years, but there are still a few undiscovered ways that users can take better advantage of the operating system -- as well as its successor.
Windows 11 Wishlist: The Key Features Still Missing
It's hard for Brien to get excited about Microsoft's new operating system when it still misses the mark in these three important areas.
Will Windows 11 Break Microsoft's Pattern of Good/Bad OSes?
Progress isn't a straight line. In fact, when it comes to Microsoft operating systems, it's more up-and-down.
Windows 11 How-To
Windows 11 Migrations Made Easy with PCmover Tools
PCmover migration products from Laplink Software are currently ready to transfer applications, data and settings over to new Windows 11 PCs.
How To Use Inking in Windows 11
No longer is the Microsoft feature gated behind hardware.
How To Enable Voice Typing in Windows 11
While the feature takes a big step forward with the new OS, there's still some ground to make up, compared to other third-party options.
Other Windows 11 Launch News
New Microsoft Store App Repository To Launch on Oct. 5
Microsoft announced that its new Microsoft Store site will launch on Oct. 5, alongside new Windows 11 and Office 2021 product releases.
Next-Generation Surface Hardware Available Oct. 5
Microsoft aims to further blur the line between the tablet and PC with its updated and expanded line of Surface hardware.
New Microsoft Teams Perks Coming for Surface Hub and Phones Users
Microsoft described various improvements for Microsoft Teams users this week, including perks for users of Teams Phones, Teams Display devices and the Microsoft Surface Hub videoconferencing device.
News from Our Sister Sites
Microsoft Announces Milestones for 'Perpetual' Office Products (Redmond Channel Partner)
Office 2021 for Windows, the traditional perpetual-license productivity suite for consumers and small businesses (commonly thought of as the retail "boxed" product), will reach general availability on Oct. 5, the same day as Windows 11.
The Case for Windows 11 Will Be Made with Security and Telemetry (Redmond Channel Partner)
Steering a Windows 11 move will be rough without measuring the gains or losses along the way, so says Cambridge, Mass.-based Microsoft partner Aternity.
Windows Server 2022 Is Here! (Virtualization & Cloud Review)
"Overall, there's not really a huge number of new features, and what there is, isn't all available for your traditional on-premises Windows Server," says our hands-on review expert, Paul Schnackenburg.