Last week we reported that an early build of Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 11, had leaked onto the web. With this leak, as with any such leaks and ‘insider scoops’ of this nature, there is much caution needed and many pinches of salt to be taken here. The key word is ‘early’ — there’s no knowing how far back in development the liberated OS originated.
This week, it appears this newly leaked build is now the subject of a copyright takedown request issued by Microsoft Japan. The takedown notice, issued to Google, is meant to expedite the removal of links to pages where the ISO file of the leaked Windows is hosted.
Microsoft asks nicely
In the takedown request, Microsoft specifically mentions “a leaked copy of the unreleased Windows 11”. So that pretty much confirms the name then. It also confirms that this is “the next generation of Windows” the company is set to debut on 24 June.
With all this being said, it would still be wise to err on the side of caution. The now confirmed Windows 11 early build is still just that — an early build. The chances are very high that it will receive changes, for better or for worse, before it is officially released to the world.