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Once hints of Windows 11 started to leak, It took less time for people to start asking be about than I could measure. Let me tell you here what I have told everyone else: I have no secret knowledge of this (or practically anything else Windows 11 related) than people who follow the blogsphere. So with everyone asking me “When is Windows 11 coming out?” my simple answer is and has been “I don’t know, but probably sometime between autumn of 2021 and spring of 2022.”
With that said, I received an email from the Microsoft Store today. It included the blurb:
“Update rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device.”
As you can see from the below unedited screen capture of the email, this is in a footnote to the claim: “Free Upgrade to Windows 11 (when available, see below).”
I have, over the past sixteen years, been privy to a lot of Microsoft NDA information. I have never disclosed it. If this information came from the Microsoft Store to me as a customer and not as a contractor, then it is for public consumption – and I am free to share it with you.