Windows 11 will receive feature updates on an annual basis. Windows 11 feature updates will
be available in the second half of the calendar year, with 24 months of support for Home, Pro,
Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions, and 36 months for Enterprise and Education
We recommend that you begin deploying each feature update as soon as possible in order to
gain access to new features, experiences, and integrated security.
Windows 11 uses the familiar Windows cumulative update process for monthly security
updates, also known as a “B” release, Patch Tuesday, or Update Tuesday. These monthly
releases will continue to include all previous updates in order to keep devices safe and
Windows 11 release history
Version 21H2 (first release) (OS build 22000)
Windows 11 will be made available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 devices in a
phased and measured manner with a focus on quality. Organizations can decide when and how to upgrade the devices under their control.