You know Windows 11 will launch next week, right? Most people don’t
You would think that launching a new operating system from Microsoft would be a big deal. But a new survey suggests that many American consumers are unfamiliar with Windows 11, even though it will launch next week.
Earlier this month, coupons and offers site Savings.com commissioned an online survey of 1,042 US consumers who use Windows. Surprisingly, 62% of respondents are “not aware” of Windows 11 version.
Only 38% know that “a major change [is] come to the operating system, ”says Savings.com. But of those users, only 41% plan to upgrade to the operating system.
“In fact, two in three users weren’t sure if their computers had the hardware they needed to make the switch, and 45% weren’t sure if they would download the update when it begins rolling out in early October,” Savings. com adds.
It’s unclear why so many respondents ignore Windows 11. But the same survey suggests that the younger generation of smartphones may care less about the new operating system.
“Former Windows users were more likely to say they knew the update was coming. Only 28% of users aged 18-24 knew a new operating system was on the way, compared to 56% of users over 55, ”says Savings.com.
Either way, millions of consumers will come across the operating system eventually. Windows 11 is expected to roll out as a free update for Windows 10 users starting October 5. However, the free update will be available on PCs older than four years (approximately), due to Microsoft’s hardware requirements for the software.
As a result, some users may remain oblivious or indifferent to the operating system. To find out if your computer will officially support Windows 11, run Microsoft’s PC Health Check app.
The Savings.com poll was conducted online on September 17 through a polling company called Prolific. “Participants were screened in to determine eligibility for the study,” said a spokesperson for Savings.com. “Participants who did not use Windows operating systems were excluded from the survey. “