Windows’ last OS update was in July 2015. Microsoft unveiled “the next generation of Windows” at its virtual event in June, Windows 11, which is rumoured to be available by October.
However, one does not have to wait till then to get a taste.
As you may already know, the Windows Insider program, which has been designed for users and enterprises interested to get early access to upcoming features has, already begun to experience Windows 11. The program is divided into three channels on the basis of the level of readiness; Dev Channel (Fast ring), Beta Channel (Slow ring), and Release Preview.
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Currently, Windows 11 preview is available for those who are a part of the Dev Channel within the Insider program. Unlike the two other channels, Dev Channel gives you access to new improvements as soon as they’re ready for public preview, but builds in Dev Channel tend to have more bugs.
It is speculated that a more stable version of the new OS is ready to reach the second rung of testers, the Beta Channel.
The first preview build of Windows 11 is Build 22000.51. It comes with several new features teased during the event, like a new Windows Settings app, redesigned Start Menu, Action Center, new taskbar, floating Windows Search, and a bunch of other UI improvements.
You can be a part of those to get the experience before the rest. Open Settings on your laptop, find Update & security and you will find the Windows Insider Program.
Before getting started, it is crucial to realise that Windows will go through many changes when the preview build begins to download and install. Moreover, the first public beta may have system-breaking bugs. It is recommended to take a backup if you’re installing Windows 11 on your primary PC. Microsoft, however, recommends that you install it on a secondary PC or virtual machine.