In June, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, the new version of its operating system for computers. Currently, the OS is not yet released, but it can already be tested in beta. And if you don’t want to bother with Microsoft’s various procedures for becoming a tester, you can even get a feel for the new interface by going to a website that simulates the Windows 11 experience using web technologies.

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 will be offered for free to users of the latest versions of the operating system, via an update. The objective of Microsoft will certainly be to convince a maximum of users of these old operating systems to migrate to Windows 11, when it is available.

And for the moment, everything suggests that Windows 11 will be a hit. A month ago, Satya Nadella, the boss of the Redmond firm, already mentioned the success of the preview version (the test version).

“Windows 11 is the biggest update to our operating system in a decade,” the Microsoft boss had said at the quarterly earnings announcement. “We’re reinventing everything from the Windows platform to the store to help people and organizations be more productive and secure, and to create a more open ecosystem for developers and creators. We’re thrilled with the early feedback. More people have downloaded our early releases than any other Windows release or update in the history of our insider program. And, with our OEM ecosystem, we’re excited to bring Windows 11 to new PCs starting this holiday season.”

In other news, today a survey also highlights the popularity of Windows 11. This one was conducted by the Windows Report site, which polled 11,097 Windows users in 177 countries, 22% of whom reside in the US, and 98% of whom are currently using Windows 10.

Will you upgrade?

53% of respondents to this survey said that Windows 11 is amazing and they can’t wait to install it. 21% said Windows 11 is pretty similar to Windows 10. 13% said they won’t upgrade. 7% say they expected a bigger overhaul of Windows. And 6% say Windows 11 has a macOS-inspired design. But obviously, public opinion of Windows 11 is likely to change over time.

In order to install Windows 11 on a machine, it will have to meet the minimum required features. 44 percent of respondents to the Windows Report survey say their PCs have already passed the validation process, while 13 percent said their machines don’t have the required configurations. And 34 percent say their machines have thes minimum required characteristics, but have not been validated by Microsoft’s test.

Also note that Windows 11 may well boost sales of PC/tablet hybrid devices. “When it comes to touch devices, people always seem to love them or hate them. And in this category we can include tablets, touchscreen laptops, 2-in-1s and even smartphones (remember Microsoft Surface Duo?). This conclusion is further confirmed by our survey, as 32% of respondents are not interested in switching to a touch device while 35% of them were waiting for the right operating system to do so. And from what we’ve gathered so far, it looks like Windows 11 might just be that right operating system, says Windows Report.

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