So Windows 11 has landed, and there’s been plenty of opportunity for people to get to grips with the latest iteration of Microsoft’s ubiquitous OS. But should your organisation take the plunge and upgrade today? Read on for our recommendation…
Remote working is the way the world of work is moving, and Windows 11 acknowledges this with a number of integrations. Microsoft Teams is more accessible than ever, and cloud computing has been considered from the outset.
Look and feel
Microsoft have spent a lot of time promoting the new design of windows 11, which they claim is ‘modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.’ Making technology calmer is another thing Microsoft have been aiming for with the dark mode feature (also, we should note, available in Windows 10) now also changing the system sounds to be more calming.
It’s also been designed for a multi-device world, so touch, voice and pen inputs are all improved.
Some design choices might strike users as a bit more jarring; icons on the taskbar are now centralised, with the start button right in the middle. The desktop interface is also changed, allowing you to have multiple desktops to separate work and play, and new Snap Layouts and Snap Groups allow you to manage your application windows more easily.
Under the hood
Microsoft have made the guest list to the Windows 11 party a bit more exclusive than previous versions. Now, to be invited your machine needs to meet a higher technical specification than comparable Windows launches. While Microsoft have released the specifications, there is still some doubt about exactly what machines can and can’t run the new OS.
This is partly in aid of new security features which amongst other things have been shown to reduce malware by up to 60%, not an insubstantial figure. However, many of the security features that aren’t dependent on specific hardware are also available in Windows 10.
Do I need to upgrade now?
Windows 10 users can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. Unlike the Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft have not set a deadline on when users need to make the jump to Windows 11.
Like the IT anoraks we are, we’re excited by Windows 11 and enjoying getting to grips with the new features. But our priority will always be our customers and their businesses. We expect Windows 11 to have a few bugs and issues at launch, as is normal with any piece of software.
So, as much as we like the fancy new semi-transparent windows, until we can be sure the upgrade will have a tangible benefit for our customers, we’ll be advising them to stick with Windows 10, and saluting the brave early adopters who will be discovering these bugs firsthand.
That said, we’re not forbidding our customers from using the new OS. We’re happy to upgrade compatible machines on request, so that they can start testing Windows 11 out in their business environment.
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