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Intel document hints at possible release date of Windows 11

Windows 11 public preview has been out for nearly one month and it may be coming to our devices in the production (stable) channel in October 2021, according to a new support document from Intel. As for when in 2022, that’s still anyone’s guess. However, it’s likely to be the later part of the month.

Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, but the company hasn’t revealed when the operating system will become available for users not part of the Windows Insider program.

Over the past few weeks, more and more hints reveal that Windows 11 is set to launch in October. Or at least that’s the current plan. According to teasers posted by Microsoft, a product listing by Walmart and new release notes published by Intel, Windows 11 will most likely launch in October, possibly in the third or fourth week of the month.

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In the release notes of DCH GPU driver 30.0.100.9684, Intel has clearly referred to Windows 11 as “October 2021 Update – version 21H2”. As you’re probably aware, Windows builds are labelled “YYMM” where YY represents the year in two-digit format and MM is representing the month of the expected release.

In October 2021, Microsoft is also planning to release Windows 10 version 21H2.

Windows 10 version 21H2 is based on a version of Windows codenamed “Vibranium”, which also powers Windows 10 version 21H1 (May 2021 Update) and October 2020 Update (20H2). On the other hand, Windows 11 version 21H2 is based on a version of Windows internally codenamed “Cobalt”.

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On Twitter, Microsoft’s program manager Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that Windows 11 will continue to use the code-naming convention yyH2 familiar to Windows 10 users.

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 would receive a single feature update every year, and the next big update will be codenamed “version 22H2”. This is according to a support document, which is no longer available on the company’s website.

Windows 11 will get new feature updates in the second half of each year, which means that no new updates will be released in the first half of the year (April or May).

In the coming years, Microsoft will most likely finalize Windows 11 feature updates in August or September ahead of the planned release in October or November, with Insiders getting them first.