Could October 20, 2021, be the release date of Windows 11?

The release of Windows 11 could be on October 20, 2021, and here's how we know.

Windows 11 release date hint
Windows 11 release date hint

Windows 11 could release on October 20, 2021. Microsoft recently revealed that Windows 11 will be the name of the next version of its desktop OS despite the company previously saying that Windows 10 was the last version of the operating system.

Although Microsoft revealed a massive overhaul to the UI design experience during the event and demonstrated a lot of new features, the company didn’t share specifics on when exactly the Windows 11 is expected to launch.

Sure, in the written announcement, the software giant said that the rollout will begin “this holiday,” and it will continue in 2022 for existing Windows 10 and new devices, but it didn’t say the exact date. However, Microsoft is known for teasing and hiding things in plain sight. So, now, it appears that the company is hinting at October 20, 2021, as the release of Windows 11.

This is because the “10/10/21” date and “11:11 AM” time appears in the taskbar’s clock of all the screenshots that Microsoft made available for the press. If you paid close attention before the event, the company scheduled the event for “11” AM and posted an image of the Windows logo with a light reflection that resembles the number “11” in the invitation, hinting that it was going to use “Windows 11” as the name.

Windows 11 release date
Windows 11 release date (source: Microsoft)

Of course, this is not official, and if Microsoft is thinking of October 20, this could be just a tempting date or nothing at all.

Whatever the case might be, we will know as soon as the company feels the OS is complete and ready.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].