Microsoft currently hints at somewhere later this year on their Windows 11 page:
Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but will be coming later this year.
…as well as the holiday season on the official Windows forums:
I want to upgrade to Windows 11. How is it available?
Windows 11 would be available later this holiday season for general public. It is available for testing in the Windows Insider Program next week.
Since there is no official hard date yet, this is currently the best available data to go on.
Upgrading to Windows 11 will be free of charge for current owners of Windows 7, 8 and 10 licenses:
Do I have to pay for Windows 11?
If you do not have an existing license of Windows 7,8 or 10, you would need to buy a copy when Windows 11 becomes available. If you have an existing license of Windows, the upgrade is free of charge.
- I think it’s funny that MS is including free upgrades from Win 7 and Win 8, given that they are also requiring a processor built in the last few years… long after either of those operating systems were sold. Of course, it does indicate that an old license that isn’t tied to any hardware will still be good, so that’s something. xD