Microsoft Windows 11 launch: Watch here live now – CNET

Windows 11 will be a free download for Windows 10 users this holiday

[12:03 a.m. PT]

Windows 11 may be a big update to Microsoft-powered computers, but the company says it’ll still be a free update for existing users when it arrives this holiday season.

Additionally, Microsoft said companies will begin selling “Windows 11 ready PCs” before launch.

Read more: Windows 11 will be free to download for existing Windows 10 users

Teams is taking on Apple’s FaceTime

[11:47 a.m. PT]

One of the biggest complaints about Apple’s FaceTime software is that it only runs on Apple devices. And even though Apple announced that this fall, Apple users can invite Android and Windows people into FaceTime calls, it’s not like they have full access to the app.

Well, Microsoft believes its answer will be with its Teams software. The first way it’ll do that is by building Teams into the Windows 11 taskbar — so, essentially, no need to install Teams separately anymore. With Teams available on Apple and Android devices already, that goes a long way toward helping Teams become a bit more competitive.

Read more: Windows 11 guns for Apple FaceTime with Microsoft’s beefed-up Teams video calls


Microsoft is making your computer more like an Xbox

[11:38 a.m. PT]

One of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s newest mantras is that Microsoft is “all in” on gaming. With Windows 11, Microsoft’s folding in features like “Auto HDR,” which uses computer intelligence to enhance the visuals in a video game. “The difference is stunning,” said Xbox ecosystem exec Sarah Bond said during the event.

Read more: Windows 11 adds Xbox tech for better gaming


Microsoft example of auto-HDR vs standard.


About to begin

[10:53 a.m. PT]

Microsoft’s big event is about to begin. In the meantime you can enjoy that apparently someone found reference to the name Windows 11 in one of Microsoft’s code bases in the Github service it runs, according to Bleeping Computer. So, there you have it. But honestly, with all the speculation about the name and all the hints, if Microsoft doesn’t call this Windows 11, most people will probably think the last few weeks were an elaborate prank by the company’s marketing team.


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