Microsoft releases first Windows 11 Insider Preview build

Microsoft has released the first official Windows 11 Insider Preview. With this beta, developers and other users can already try the OS. Windows 11 will be officially released at the end of this year. Upgrades for Windows 10 users will follow from 2022.

The first official Insider Preview for Windows 11, build 22000.51, includes many of the features the company announced last week during the unveiling of the new OS. Among other things, the renewed start menu, the new taskbar, widgets and the revised Microsoft Store are in the first beta version. Also the explorer, the settings menu and the lock screen have a revamped design in Insider Preview Build 22000.51. Windows 11 also adds support for Wi-Fi 6E.

Microsoft does report that some Windows 11 features will not be added until later Insider builds. Among other things, the company mentions: Android app support in the Microsoft Store and the Microsoft Teams chat integration. Those features will be added to Windows 11’s Insider channel “in the coming months.”

Users who want to try the preview version of Windows 11 can sign up for the Insider Program by clicking “Windows Insider Program” from the Windows Update settings menu and enrolling. Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 last week, but the week before already leaked a beta version of the OS.

There is still uncertainty about Windows 11 hardware requirements. Initially, Microsoft spoke of a ‘soft floor’, which included a TPM 1.2 module and a 1GHz dual-core processor. The Windows 11 page has since been edited by Microsoft, stating that a TPM 2.0 module is required, as well as a processor that Microsoft identifies as compatible on a list of supported CPUs. Ryzen 1000 CPUs and Intel Core 7000 processors are still missing for the time being. The Insider Preview version also works on systems that do not meet those requirements, Microsoft confirmed last week.

In a separate blog post Microsoft added on Monday that the company will conduct additional CPU tests. “During the release of the Windows Insiders build and in conjunction with our OEMs, we will conduct testing to identify devices with Intel 7th Gen and AMD Zen 1 processors that may adhere to our principles,” the company said. With this, Microsoft seems to confirm that the release version of Windows 11 does indeed require a CPU from the compatibility list, but that Ryzen 1000 and Intel Core 7000 processors may still be added.
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