The first Insider Preview build of Windows 11 is currently available on the dev channel.

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Take a spin with Microsoft’s future operating system.

Microsoft has published the first Windows 11 Insider Preview. It came less than a week after Redmond publicly unveiled the new operating system to the globe. Insiders will be able to test out many, but not all, of the new features unveiled last week with Build 22000.51.

Some of the more significant features, such as Microsoft Teams chat and Android applications in the Microsoft Store, are still in the works, but should be ready for testing in the coming months ahead of the OS’s public release.

Those interested in taking Windows 11 for a spin must first be a part of the Insider Program. You can register online or directly on your Windows 10 PC via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program.

From there, you’ll want to make sure your PC meets the Windows 11 hardware requirements. There’s already some contention regarding Win 11’s hardware requirements, especially as it relates to Trusted Platform Module 2.0. Feel free to check out our in-depth write-up on TPM and why Windows 11 requires it, or dig more into the OS’ hardware requirements.

If you’re already an Insider and meet the hardware requirements, you can grab Build 22000.51 through the dev channel.

Microsoft has also published a list of known issues with the new build, as well as information on feature deprecations when upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10. Both are worth a look if you plan on flighting the Insider preview build.

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