Microsoft has announced the deployment of Windows 11 for business, available at Preview phase for business customers enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. At the time, Microsoft has released the same version for Windows 10 21H2, another version with release next fall.
As expected, the optional Windows 11 update will only be implemented for users with compatible hardware that meet the official requirements established by Microsoft (confusing and controversial), although any user or company can install the operating system without complying with them using ISO disk images.
And this despite the fact that Microsoft said it would be inflexible with them: “We know that it is not good that some users will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11, but we must remember the reason why we have made this decision, and it is to keep the devices more productive, safe and protected, even in this new work stage […] It will not be possible to bypass the Windows 11 hardware requirements, they will be mandatory. We will make sure of it because we want your devices to be protected »they explained last month.
Since Windows Update will be different and eligible devices will have to meet the memory, CPU, TPM or UEFI requirements with Secure Boot and will only be able to install Windows 11 if they have the latest cumulative update that was released on Thursday, KB5005101.
Those companies that want to stay on Windows 10 (even meeting the requirements) they can do it pressing the option «Stay on Windows 10 for now«, After which they will be offered the preview version of the next 21H2 version. Additionally, unsupported devices will automatically receive the latest version of Windows 10. Remember that Microsoft will support the version in security and feature updates until 2025.
Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible devices on a rolling basis from October 5. With the release of the operating system to commercial customers for validation and following our own testing we are conducting, we believe the operating system is almost ready for release. Microsoft is likely to release the usual bug fixes in the next few weeks after the addition of features is closed. Some of those announced will be left out and will be implemented later.
Windows 10 version 21H2 does not have a specific release date, although the final version is expected for the months of October and November. We will see how Microsoft manages this double deployment. Please note that the next version of Windows 10 LTSC (with long-term support) will be based on version 21H2 and is likely to arrive later, at the end of the year.
The preview versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10 version 21H2, are now available to commercial customers through “all standard channels“Which include Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, and the Windows Insider program ISO image download page. The Redmond firm will provide free support to companies running these builds.