The leaked build of Windows 11 that showed up earlier this week is allegedly now the subject of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown complaint, which means the company wants Google to remove links to download the operating system.
This was reported by Fossbytes (as discovered by Neowin) and it gives credibility to the authenticity of the Windows 11 leak, with Microsoft obviously keen to stop the spread of build 21996.1 and actually naming it “Windows 11” in the highlighted request (as about the Lumen project discovered, This is an “independent research project to investigate omissions on online content”).
In fact, the DMCA request to Google to facilitate the removal from the search results of the Indian tech site Beebom.com, which hosts the Windows 11 ISO, was made by Microsoft Japan, and refers specifically to a “leaked copy of the unreleased Windows 11” which apparently leaves no great doubt that it is actually Windows 11.
In any case, of course, we have to be careful about taking this leaked build at face value because even if it’s real, the build is an early one and development between version 21996.1 and whatever we (presumably) see at some point could be very different.
In theory, we’ll see Windows 11 later in 2021 – with a first reveal immediately on June 24th – but we don’t know for sure, although the latter seems fairly certain (remember, we had all these 11-based notices even before the leaked build surfaced online, and this event is known to be about the “next generation of Windows”).
As we have seen, the Windows 11 leak clearly shows that a lot of work has been done on the appearance of the operating system. including older legacy user interface bitsbut under the hood things seem to be similar. Of course, that can change significantly between this leaked software and the release version, as we pointed out earlier, and there are certainly indications of it nifty features that could go live with Windows 11.