Microsoft will announce Windows 11 today, here’s how to watch

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Windows 11 Taskview 1 SurfaceproSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft will officially announce Windows 11 today. The company has teased the operating system on Twitter, sent invites out for the event, and now we’re only a few hours away from the big reveal. The official announcement of the operating system will come from Microsoft during a livestream. The event kicks off at 11 AM ET (get it, 11) and will showcase Windows 11.

Microsoft will host the event on its website. Once there’s a video or stream to embed, we’ll add it here.

Until that video is available, you can keep yourself occupied with the slo-fi remix of previous Windows startups sounds.

We’ve already seen Windows 11 in action, but the version that leaked is an incomplete build. It gives us a glimpse of the visual overhaul that’s on the way with the new OS, but it’s missing key components. At Microsoft’s event, we’ll presumably see an official glimpse at how the operating system will look.

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A few things that we know we can look forward to are a new Start menu, an improved Taskbar UI, and a new snapping experience. The leaked builds of the OS also have a new Ink Workspace and a widgets panel.

Microsoft will likely announce a launch date or timeframe for Windows 11 as well at the event. We expect that Windows 11 will ship in October 2021, but it will be nice to hear confirmation from Microsoft.

Later in the day, Microsoft will hold a second event focusing on developers. We don’t have many details about that event, apart from its 3 PM ET start time, but it will likely focus on making apps and experiences for Windows 11.

Windows 11 will reportedly have a new Store experience, so Microsoft will want to get developers on board.

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