Windows 11 already has more installations than you might think. Statistics published by AdDuplex suggest growing interest in the new version of the operating system
Windows 11 hasn’t even been officially released, but it’s already installed on a surprising number of PCs.
The level of interest in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system is such that many people are taking advantage of the Windows Insider program to try out pre-release versions before launch. The latest Windows usage figures from AdDuplex include Windows 11, and they’re an interesting read.
The figures come from a survey of computer users just a few days ago, on July 26. They show that Windows 11 is installed on more systems than expected at this early stage of the game: almost 1%.
AdDuplex used information from approximately 60,000 PCs, collecting data from approximately 5,000 applications that use AdDuplex SDK version 2 and higher to generate statistics. The company selects the following highlights from the latest batch of numbers:
“Over 26% of PCs are running Windows Update 21H1 and 0.9% are already running Windows 11.”
While just under 1% might not seem like much, especially given the relatively small sample size, it’s still pretty impressive for an operating system that hasn’t even been launched. The figures are all the more impressive with the new system requirements that Microsoft has put in place for Windows 11. It should be remembered that Microsoft gave up its new hardware requirements during the preview phase of Windows 11, but the publisher plans to apply these new restrictions at launch.
Microsoft somehow confirms the release of Windows 11 RTM (Release To Manufacture) for October
Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, but the company has not disclosed when the operating system will be available to users outside of the Windows Insider program.
There is growing hint that Windows 11 should launch in October 2021. Or at least that’s the current plan. According to teasers released by Microsoft, a product list from Walmart, and new release notes released by Intel, Windows 11 will most likely launch in October, possibly in the third or fourth week of the month.
In the DCH GPU Driver Release Notes 126.96.36.19984, Intel clearly referred to Windows 11 as “October 2021 Update – version 21H2”. As you probably know, Windows versions are labeled “YYYY”, where YY represents the year in two-digit format and MM represents the month of the expected version.
This time around, the clue comes from Microsoft, specifically its Windows Hardware Compatibility Program division. Microsoft has announced a deadline for OEMs to submit drivers of September 24, 2021, stating:
“Systems based on Windows 11, version 21H2 may ship with drivers that have achieved compatibility with Windows 10, version 2004 through September 24, 2021.
“Partners seeking to ensure compatibility of systems shipped with Windows 11, version 21H2 Release can factory install drivers for components that have achieved compatibility with Windows 10, version 2004 until September 24, 2021.
“Errata 81316 is available to filter the” Check System Logo “failure observed when testing Windows 11, version 21H2-based systems with qualified Windows 10, version 2004 drivers. To apply, download the latest filter package of errata ”.
Releasing the operating system in October, which is just three months away, may seem a bit premature for a newly unveiled operating system, but Windows 11 users report that the operating system is surprisingly stable and appear to have no major problems. However, this release may depend on what Microsoft adds to the operating system by then.
Recall that when Microsoft presented the first Preview of Windows 11, there were elements that were not available to Insiders.
Here are some of the changes that were available with the first Preview:
- Getting Started: Getting Started puts everything you need on your PC in the center with a set of pinned apps and a cloud-powered ‘Recommended’ section that shows your recently opened files from your PC and on devices like your smartphone with OneDrive.
- Taskbar: The taskbar is also centered with some nice new animations. Try pinning, launching, switching, minimizing, and rearranging your apps on the taskbar to see the beautiful new animations.
- Notification Center and Quick Settings: The lower right corner of the taskbar has a button for Notification Center (WIN + N) and Quick Settings (WIN + A). The Action Center houses all of your operating system notifications and a full month’s calendar view. Quick settings allow you to quickly and easily manage common PC settings, such as volume, brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Focus Assist. Directly above your quick settings, you’ll see media playback controls while playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.
- File Explorer: Microsoft has modernized File Explorer with a clean look and a brand new command bar. It also introduced context menus when right clicking in File Explorer or on your desktop. Application developers will be able to extend the new context menus. Microsoft is working on releasing documentation for application developers on how to do this with their applications in the near future.
- Themes: In addition to the brand new default themes for Windows 11 for dark and light modes, it also includes four additional themes to let you customize Windows to the best of your ability. All new themes have been designed to complement the taskbar centered. Microsoft has also added new contrast themes for the visually impaired, such as light sensitivity. To change the theme, right click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”.
- Sounds: Windows 11 sounds were designed to be lighter and more atmospheric. They are also slightly different depending on whether your Windows theme is in dark mode or light mode. The startup sound for Windows is also making a comeback in which you’ll hear when your PC boots to the lock screen and is ready to connect.
- Widgets: They bring you closer to the information you want and need. Just click on the widgets icon in the taskbar, swipe left using touch, or press WIN + W on your keyboard, and your widgets swipe from the left on your desktop.
- Snap layout: Simply hover your mouse over a window’s Maximize button to see the available layouts, then click an area to snap the window. You will then be guided to align the windows with the rest of the areas of the layout with the guided snap aid. For smaller screens you will be offered a set of 4 instant layouts. You can also invoke the flyout of snap layouts with the keyboard shortcut WIN + Z.
- Capture Groups: Capture groups are an easy way to get back to your captured windows. To try it out, assemble at least 2 application windows on your screen. Hover over one of these open applications on the taskbar to find the snapshot group and click to quickly go back.
- Desktops: access your desktops via the task view (WIN + Tab) in the taskbar. You can rearrange and customize the backgrounds for each of your desktops. You can also hover the mouse over the task view in the taskbar for quick access to your existing desktops or to create a new one!
- Dynamic Refresh Rate: Dynamic refresh rate allows your PC to automatically increase the refresh rate when you type or scroll (which means you’ll get a smoother experience) and reduce it when you don’t no need so that your laptop can save power. You can try it on your laptop via Settings> System> Display> Advanced Display, and under “Choose a refresh rate”, select a “Dynamic” refresh rate. The mechanism is being rolled out for select laptops running the latest versions of Windows 11 Insider Preview and only laptops with the appropriate display hardware and graphics driver will have the functionality available.