Windows 11 is expected to be announced on June 24 during a Microsoft virtual event. We have already covered all the exciting changes coming with the build. One of the interesting things about the new platform is that it breaks Microsoft's previous declaration that Windows 10 would be the last Windows.
Windows 10 signaled a transition to Windows as a Service, which meant maintaining the platform through monthly patch updates and two annual feature upgrades. As we move to Windows 11, Microsoft is releasing a new brand but its platform as a service plans will continue.
The means that Windows 11 will continue on the same update cycle as Windows 10. It also means users of Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to 11 for free. However, it also seems Microsoft is going to also offer the free upgrade path to Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 users.
Windows 8 is expected considering it is still supported, but Windows 7 is more of a surprise. After-all, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7.
Windows 11 is the next generation of Windows and it's going to be a free upgrade for Windows 10. In addition, it looks like users may be able to upgrade their Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 devices to Windows 11 using apps like Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant.
That means users who still have Windows 7 can get Windows 11 through Windows Update without paying anything. This information seems to be legit as it comes form the Windows 11 leak that happened earlier this week.
Still, it is not official until Microsoft holds its What's Next for Windows event on June 24. It will be interesting to see what the company says regarding Windows as a service. Also, whether Windows 7 customers remain within those plans.
We will be bringing all the action from that event as it unfolds, so be sure to check back on June 24.
Tip of the day: Did you know that a virtual drive on Windows 10 can help you with disk management for various reasons? A virtual drive is just simulated by the platform as a separate drive while the holding file might be stored anywhere on your system . The data in the drive is available in files or folders, which are represented by software in the operating system as a drive. In our tutorial we show you different ways how to setup and use such virtual drives.