The final version of Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system is now available for all compatible devices according to Microsoft. The Expanded Deployment designation is an important milestone, as it is used by organizations to determine the readiness of the operating system for broader deployment to devices.
The Windows Release Health Dashboard for Windows 11 version 21H2 reveals the status change.
Current status as of May 17, 2022 (PT)
Windows 11 is designed for large-scale deployment.
The original version of Windows 11, version 21H2, was released on October 5, 2021 to the public. The staged rollout used machine learning and algorithms to suggest upgrading to Windows 10 devices deemed most compatible with the new version.
Microsoft increased the speed of rollout and announced in January 2022 that Windows 11 would be offered as an upgrade on all eligible devices ahead of schedule.
Windows 10 administrators can use Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to find out if a machine is compatible with Windows 11. Another option is to open the Windows Update section of the Settings app to run a manual check for updates. Windows Update will either say the PC is not compatible with Windows 11 or offer the upgrade instead.
There is no direct upgrade path from Windows 7 or Windows 8 devices. It is possible to chain updates, first to Windows 10 and then to Windows 11.
Windows 11 rollout seems to have slowed down a bit in recent months. Although data from third-party tracking companies is not very accurate, it can highlight trends. Ad Duplex, for example, saw adoption slow from March 2022.
Microsoft does not release specific market share information for Windows products, and it is unclear to what extent the changed system requirements limit adoption of the Windows 11 operating system.
Windows 11 version 22H2
Windows 11 build 22H2, the first feature update for Windows 11, is expected to reach RTM status in the coming week. The new feature update is several months away from being released through Windows Update and other update services. The first devices with the new version should be released at the end of 2022.
Some administrators may prefer to wait for the release of Windows 11 version 22H2 before performing the upgrade. The initial release of Windows 11 is supported until 2024, as Microsoft extended the range of support for future Windows 10 and 11 devices when it moved to a feature update per annual release cycle.
Now you: did you upgrade to Windows 11?