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Release Date:

10/4/2021

Version:

Windows 11 (original release)

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Updates for Windows 11 (original release)

Windows 11 is a service, which means it gets better through periodic software updates. 

The great news is you usually don’t have to do anything! If you have enabled automatic updates, new updates will automatically download and install whenever they’re available, so you don’t have to think about it.

On the left side of this page, you’ll find a list of all the updates released for this version of Windows. You can also find more information about releases and any known issues. Installing the most recent update ensures that you also get any previous updates you might have missed, including any important security fixes.

For more information about the update and how to get it, see: 

Windows 11 overview - What's new in Windows | Microsoft Docs

Windows 11 Specifications - Microsoft

What's new for Windows 11 (original release)

Upgrade to the New Windows 11 OS | Microsoft

  • The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.

  • With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.

  • Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.

  • Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.

  • Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.

  • Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)

  • Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.

  • Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.

  • Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.

  • Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.

  • Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.

Current status of Windows 11 (original release)

For the most up-to-date information about known issues for Windows 11, please go to the Windows release health dashboard.

Known issues in this update

Symptom

Workaround

When using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME), applications might not be able to automatically change Roman/Kana input modes.

Note for developers Affected apps are using the ImmSetConversionStatus function or VK_KANA key emulation.

To mitigate this issue, do one of the following:

We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

Troubleshooting

If you have questions or need help activating or troubleshooting Windows, see our help topics below:

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