Microsoft has taken a step closer to the release of Windows 11 by moving development to the Beta channel. At the same time, system driver documents point to an RTM release in October.

Like other software vendors, Microsoft employs several channels for software development, which vary according to their status and degree of stability. The release of the first preview version of Windows 11 for the Insiders channel, was placed in the “development channel” (the most advanced in the timeline, but also the least stable) and has not been able to be changed.

Until now, when Microsoft has moved the latest build (22000.100) to the “beta channel”. The channel jump with this Windows 11 Beta is important because it means the company hasn’t found any serious issues until the latest build, though Microsoft recommends Insiders check the list of known issues that was recently updated following Insider feedback.

The beta channel won’t get the new version updates as quickly, but it should be much more stable than the wild development channel where you can run into all sorts of problems. If you’re testing Windows 11 and want more peace of mind, this is the recommended version. You can switch channels from Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program. And if you want to start testing the system we recommend our installation guide.

Windows 11 Beta

Windows 11 beta now. RTM in October?

While making the channel changes, Microsoft has updated the information for driver support in the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP). It’s a program for hardware manufacturers and Microsoft sets September as the deadline for delivery.

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In other words, Microsoft wants OEMs to submit their Windows 11 drivers before the end of September. The announcement would confirm that October is the month chosen for the release of the final version of Windows 11. Or at least the RTM which is the one that manufacturers will use for pre-installations on new PCs.

Intel has already anticipated it. The release notes for the latest graphics driver update</a> published by Intel, precisely to support Windows 11, pointed out the supported operating systems (from Windows 10 of 2018) to what it called the “October 2021 update” corresponding to Windows 11.

White and in a bottle? It is not a definitive confirmation because Microsoft has not always matched the name of the version with the actual release date and has delayed it on some occasions, but it is one more indication, along with this Windows 11 Beta advance, that October may be the month chosen.