On October 5, 2021, Microsoft will make Windows 11 available for download to selected computers. Is your business prepared for this? Are you users ready? If the answer is “no”, there is not a lot of time to prepare. The good news is that Windows 11 is built on Windows 10 and is not a complete overhaul of the desktop operating system. There should be nearly 100% application compatibility as a result which lessens the risk. Never-the-less, organizations should have a plan for preparing for Windows 11.
Select computers mean those that Microsoft deems compatible and at a schedule of their choosing in most cases. Windows 11 is only available for free to existing Windows 10 licensed computers. (Not Windows 8 or 7) With 1.3 billion Windows 10 devices in the world, I suspect a staggered availability for Windows 11. Only a subset of those computers will meet the hardware requirements. The bottom line is that most PCs and laptops purchased prior to 2019 will likely not be a candidate for Windows 11.
One of the first things you will notice with Windows 11 is the Start Menu which is moved to the center of the task bar instead of all the way to the left. (This is easily changed in the task bar settings if you prefer the left). The interface has an overall “softer” look and feel with rounded edges on windows and milder tones for alerts. Microsoft also touts the consistency of their menus in Windows 11. Microsoft also improved the graphics which was big news in the gaming community. We can see business uses for CAD users or viewing security camera as an example.
So far, we have not laid out much of a business case for Windows 11. Softer sounds, a new start menu of some improved graphics do not make a strong business case for upgrading. Microsoft has made performance improvements in Windows 11 that businesses can take advantage of. In focus applications will be more priority with memory and CPU than background applications. Microsoft calls this “foreground prioritization” and it gives the tasks you are working on presently more priority.
Windows 11 also has improved security. This is accomplished through a combination or operating system improvement as well as the higher hardware requirements mentioned above. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 or higher as an example. TPM, or Trusted Platform Module is a chip that is either integrated into your PC’s motherboard or added separately into the CPU. Its purpose is to help protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other sensitive data behind a hardware barrier so that malware and attackers can’t access or tamper with that data.
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