Earlier this week, a Windows 11 ISO for Build 21996.1 leaked onto the internet that users can use to try out Microsoft’s yet to be announced offering. The build, which appears to be compiled in late May, offers a first glimpse of what the Redmond giant is touting as the “next generation of Windows”.
Since the leaked build doesn’t give the full picture of the OS update because it’s a pre-release version – one that hasn’t even been released to insiders yet – Microsoft seems to want to prevent users from downloading it, which is why it is Submit DMCA complaints to Google (discovered by Fossbytes) in some regions, prompting the search giant to remove article results from publications with links to the ISO files. Interestingly, in the linked Microsoft Japan complaint, the company confirms the name of Windows 11 as it requests the removal of “Windows 11” ISOs and claims that they are leaked copies of the “unreleased Windows 11” operating system.
The company plans to hold a special event on June 24th to showcase Windows 11 and probably (and understandably) would like users and enthusiasts to reserve their judgment on the upcoming update until its official release. Components such as the Microsoft Store, which is due to receive a major update, have yet to be shown or discussed. Additionally, the leaked version lacks other enhancements that are likely to be delivered through Feature Experience Packs that can be deployed without an operating system update, which is currently only for internal employees.
Much is also not known, such as whether there will be a separate update for Windows 10 (version 21H2) in the fall and what the update and support lifecycles look like for Windows 11 11 ‘branding, which can be seen in the “About Windows ( winver) “, in the setup process, and even in the DMCA notices.