Windows 11 News

Windows 11 available on October 5 (Microsoft)
Windows 11 arrives on October 5, Android apps will come later (ARS Technica)
Windows 11 lifecycle and servicing (Microsoft)

  • Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence, a change from the semi-annual cadence of Windows 10.
  • Windows 11 feature updates will release in the second half of the calendar year and will come with 24 months of support for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions…
  • [Consumers will have] the ability to schedule a restart, pause an update, and have full control over which optional updates to install.
  •  [Upgrading from] Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be a user-initiated ‘seeker’ process to choose to update to Windows 11. For users who are not eligible for Windows 11 due to the hardware requirements, the seeking experience will not be available.

Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC (How-To-Geek)
Microsoft won’t stop you installing Windows 11 on older PCs (The Verge)
Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old (The Verge)

Office 2021 News

Office 2021 will be available for non-Microsoft 365 subscribers on October 5 (ARS Technica)
What’s new in Office 2021 (Microsoft)

Microsoft plans to offer five years of “Mainstream Support” for Office 2021, without any extended support beyond that. The end date for Office 2021 support is in October of 2026, just a year after support ends for the Windows versions of Office 2016 and Office 2019.

Windows Security News

Microsoft accounts can now go fully passwordless (The Verge)
Is LastPass Password Manager worth using? (Ghacks) Excellent comparison LastPass to other password managers

Supplemental Links and Additional Recommended Reading

Here’s how Android apps on Windows 11 are going to work (ARS Technica)
What Does It Actually Mean When a Company Says, “We Do Not Sell Your Data”? (The Markup)
A brief overview of IBM’s new 7 nm Telum mainframe CPU (ARS Technica)
Securing Your Smart Home (IOT World)
Smart Home & Smart Building (Infineon)