Microsoft between Windows 11 release date and Windows 10 support

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Almost a month after the official announcement of Windows 11 and the release of the first build of Windows 11 to insiders, Microsoft is clarifying its schedule... or leaks are doing it for it.

Since June 24, when Microsoft announced the arrival of a successor to Windows 10, assumptions have been made about the upcoming availability of the new operating system. The American publisher has made no secret of its intention to move forward quickly on this issue, but as for a firm date, you can't count on it yet. On the other hand, several partners seem to have given in to a few indiscretions. Quoted by Windows Latest, several observers have spotted product listings at Walmart, which are obviously not official, but when such a retail giant talks about Windows 11 products for October, we listen.

According to some sources, the Walmart product listings would be for the second half of October 2021. An information more or less corroborated by a source even more reliable and more "accessible". Indeed, it is simply in the release notes of its latest graphics drivers, the, that Intel has more or less "sold the wick". At the very beginning of the said document (see above), we can indeed notice various supported operating systems and Windows 11 is clearly mentioned via an October update.

By the way, it is interesting to note that Microsoft should keep, for Windows 11, a naming system identical to the one used on Windows 10: the major updates will always be identified by the year and the 1st or 2nd semester. Thus, the next known update for Windows 10 is stamped 21H2 to say that it will arrive in the second half of the year. An update that the release of Windows 11 does not seem to upset, it must be said that 1 / Windows 11 will not arrive in a single "wave" as it seems to be a release in October for new machines and a little later for the update, and 2 / Windows 10 should represent an overwhelming majority of the installed base for some time.

On its official blog, Microsoft has decided to present the new features of this Windows 10 21H2 update, which should include WP3 H2E standards to improve the security of Wi-Fi connections. There is also talk of Windows Hello Business supporting simplified deployment models (without a password) to significantly speed up procedures. Finally, Microsoft mentions "support for GPU compute in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows deployments (EFLOW) for machine learning and other intensive tasks." Still, you'll notice that the Windows 10 21H2 update is very enterprise-oriented for now.