The world has faced many challenges this year and while PCs have always been essential in work and home life, this year has shown us just how fundamentally important the PC is in our daily life and how important professional and personal connection really is.
After 6 years, since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has announced they are bringing a new generation of innovation with Windows 11 completely reimagined, and simplified. As with all new major operating system releases, some older computers may be too outdated to support the new software and other systems may need minor updates to get them working. With a fresh new design and feature updates, we will ensure you are prepared to seamlessly make the switch to Windows 11 – which will be available in the later part of 2021.
The end of life for Windows 10 will come on October 14th, 2025. Operating systems must be constantly patched to stay current on emerging threats. This means that by the latter part of 2025, Windows 10 will no longer receive these updates. While you can continue to use the operating system after this date, it isn’t recommended in an enterprise environment where security is a major concern.
At some point after the end of life for Windows 10, much of the software you currently use will be available for Windows 11. Running older versions of this software prevents you from taking advantage of new features, and more importantly, can open you up to more security vulnerabilities.
Several tools are available to enterprise IT departments that will assist in managing your organisation’s devices. If you are using a tool such as Intune of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the company has announced that Windows 11 will be supported by those tools once the operating system is fully available. You will need to adjust your Target Version Policy to make the initial upgrade because Windows 11 is a completely different product from Windows 10.
Before installing Windows 11 on a device, you need to make sure that the devices meet the system requirements and that you are ready for any changes to the operating system that may affect workflow at your company. We have created a list of things to keep in mind before switching over.
Unlike earlier versions of Windows, Windows 11 has modest system requirements. Ideally, you will need two 64-bit cores with at least a 1-GHz processor. You’ll need 4 GB of RAM, a Secure Boot capable UEFI firmware, and a display that’s at least 720p and 9-inches diagonally. So far, this is a reasonable list of requirements that most computers still in use will meet. Among these, TPM 2.0 is causing some concern.
TPM is short for Trusted Platform Module. Either the motherboard is fitted with this chip or it is integrated into the processor. The chip is used as a method of hardware security. In an attempt to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks, Microsoft has imposed this requirement. CPUs older than Intel’s 8th generation do not support TPM 2, which makes many older computers incompatible with the new OS. Some exceptions can be made for OEM’s, however, they are subject to certain conditions.
Windows 11 features a simplified design and user experience to empower productivity and inspire creativity. Each new design feature has been created with the intention to make the user feel in control, while also adding a sense of calm and ease.
A centred Start menu and Taskbar make it easier and quicker for you to find exactly what you are looking for. The Start Menu utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files, no matter what platform or device you are using.
Windows has always been about helping you work the way you want by offering the flexibility of multiple windows and the ability to snap apps side by side. New in Windows 11 is a feature called Snap Layouts. Snap Layouts makes multi-tasking and the transition from monitor to laptop much easier. This new feature has been designed to help you organise your windows and optimise your screen real estate.
Staying connected digitally has become more important over the last few months which is why Windows 11 has introduced Chat from Microsoft Teams, integrated into the taskbar. This makes it easier to instantly connect through text, chat, voice, or video with all your personal contacts, from anywhere, no matter the platform or device.
A handful of applications pre-installed on Windows 10 will be removed from the standard installation. 3D viewer, OneNote, Paint 3D, and Skype will all continue to work if you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. However, if you install the operating system on a fresh machine, those applications will need to be downloaded from Microsoft Store before you can make use of them.
We will see a more personal, streamlined experience for the next generation of businesses and consumers, as well as the opportunity for ISVs and partners to scale their businesses by providing organisations with edge to cloud solutions enhanced by Windows 11.
Major software upgrades are stressful. The operating system on your machine is one of the most important pieces of software. Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns regarding your Windows 11 migration and how it may impact your organisation.