There has been an unsurprising amount of lively discussion about Microsoft’s next big Windows release, and, also unsurprisingly, even Windows fans seem to be split on Windows 11’s value. Just like the operating itself, Windows 11 is complicated in more ways than one, and nothing is perhaps more complicated than its compatibility with existing Windows PCs. While that story seems to continue evolving, Microsoft is putting its foot down on at least one aspect of that narrative, giving Windows 10 users until next year to make up their minds about Windows 11.

It might disappoint some but relieve others but Windows 10 users won’t even be eligible for a Windows 11 update until the first half of 2022. Of course, there might be ways around that, like for members of the Windows Insiders program or other unofficial means. Given the potentially breaking changes, however, such users will be making the jump at their own risk.

Windows 11 is still scheduled for launch later this year but it seems that Microsoft will be prioritising new devices that will be running Windows 11 out of the box. It says that the rollout will happen over several months but hints that Windows 10 upgrades will probably occur much later.