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Microsoft indirectly confirms the leaked Windows 11 ISO is legit

Microsoft has effectively confirmed the Windows 11 build circulating in the wild is legitimate. (Image: Notebookcheck)
Microsoft has effectively confirmed the Windows 11 build circulating in the wild is legitimate. (Image: Notebookcheck)
Microsoft has all but officially confirmed that the leaked build of Windows 11 circulating the internet over the past few days is legitimate. The company has issued a copyright take-down notice via Google to Beebom, the site that has been dubiously hosting the leaked build.
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Microsoft’s Windows 11 has certainly made a splash over the past few days, but it is unlikely Microsoft wanted it to be this way. The company, of course, has the official launch of Windows 11 scheduled for 24 June, which is only a few more days away. However, we already have a pretty good idea of what Windows 11 is going to look like thanks to a massive leak of a pre-release build that has been circulating the internet.

Until now, however, there have been more than a few sceptics suggesting that the leak isn’t legitimate as elements of the build clearly aren’t finished. One instance of this are the widgets that were originally launched with Windows Vista that have been said to make a return in Windows 11. However, no one expected that to be literally the case with the widgets uncovered in the build taken directly from Windows Vista and looking seriously dated as a result.

It has now been discovered that Microsoft has issued a DMCA copyright infringement take-down request to Indian website Beebom which had been hosting the leaked ISO. This effectively confirms the ISO is an early version of Windows 11. As for the Windows Vista widgets, it simply looks like Microsoft was adding that framework back into build at the time it leaked and that it will be much more polished when we see it finally released.

Windows 11 features a much more streamlined and simplified UI that has effectively been lifted directly from the now cancelled Windows 10X project. Microsoft did say at the time of its cancelation it would take parts of the Windows 10X project and integrate them into Windows 11. Reaction to the new look has been mixed with some likening it to macOS because Microsoft has shifted the main app launching functionality to the middle of the taskbar. Of course, the taskbar and macOS dock function quite differently in practice.

Microsoft has issued a DMCA take-down notice to Google. (Image: Fossbytes)
Microsoft has issued a DMCA take-down notice to Google. (Image: Fossbytes)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-06-19 (Update: 2021-06-19)