Windows 11 – Why wait? Well actually…there are a few reasons
In June 2021 Microsoft drew the curtains open on its newest operating system – Windows 11. For many of us it seems like only yesterday that we were making the move to Windows 10, but that was almost six years after now. Here we take a look at what Windows 11 holds in store for us, when we’re likely to start seeing it, and what we need to know before we dive in.
What’s new and different in Windows 11?
Microsoft Windows 11 unveiling highlighted its simpler design with a renewed focus on:
- Increasing productivity
- Improving ease of use and creativity
- Providing more ways for people to connect faster
- Better PC gaming experiences, and
- An all-new Microsoft Store experience
But what will that really look like? Here are just a few of the changes we think are going to be show-stopping for Windows 11 upgraders.
Working in the cloud and across multiple devices?
The newly centered Start button will better leverage Microsoft 365 cloud services to show recent files, no matter what platform or device they were viewed on previously.
Are you a big multitasker?
All new Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops – you will be able to organise and place windows to optimise your screen layout to show various windows and workspaces concurrently by making the most of your screen real-estate.
Want to introduce some work/life balance to your PC?
Windows 11 will let you create and customise separate Desktops for various parts of your life – like one for work and one for personal use.
Use Teams Chat to communicate with your team?
In Windows 11, Microsoft Teams Chat is integrated directly into the task bar for faster chat, voice and video. AND you’ll be about to instantly must, unmute and start Teams presentations from the taskbar, too.
Like your news upfront?
New Windows widgets will allow you to better personalise your feed and provide a curated news, weather and notifications snapshot.
When will Windows 11 be available?
Microsoft says that Windows 11 upgrades will become progressively available for “eligible” PCs from early October 2021 onwards. By eligible, Microsoft means a device that is running Windows 10 version 2004 or later and meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, as well as specific hardware that may be required for some features.
How do I check my upgrade eligibility?
For personal devices, you will need to wait until a Windows update offers you the option to check your upgrade eligibility via the PC Health Check app for Windows 10 PCs
For work or company devices managed centrally by a Managed Services Provider or an IT administrator, however, it’s a different story. In this case, it is important you DO NOT self-install any eligibility checkers or free upgrades, even if prompted via a Windows update. Doing so may have unintended consequences, including breaking your access to important connectivity and line of business applications.
What if I have just bought a new PC with Windows 10?
Most Windows 10 PCs currently being sold will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 when the time comes. Remember that not all Windows 10 PCs eligible to upgrade will be offered an upgrade at the same time.
Should I wait to buy a new PC with Windows 11 installed?
New PCs with Windows 11 pre-installed are expected to become available later in 2021. That being said, the PC market is currently facing an unprecedented global chip shortage which means wait times for all electronics and hardware are substantial.
If you require a new PC and can access a Windows 10 Device now, we recommend you take that option. Windows 10 continues to be a great version of Windows and will remain supported through to October 2025. Be sure to ask for advice on the device specifications to ensure your new device will be eligible for upgrading to Windows 11 at a future date.
What do I need to do right now?
- Talk to your IT lead if you have questions. Your Managed IT Services provider has likely started talking to your IT lead or IT administrator about planning for Windows 11.
- If you own a personal PC device, wait for Windows 11 to be offered to you via an update, and check your device meetings the minimum requirments. You can do this using the PC Health Check App for Windows PCs and then access updates from Settings > Update & Security
- If you use a company or managed device, DO NOT self-check your PC health, eligibility or install any Windows 11 upgrades you may be prompted with. This may have unintended connectivity or access consequences. Your IT team will plan and execute a fleet-wide assessment and update based on your requirments, business continuity needs and other system dependencies.
- If you are in the market for a new PC, consider purchasing the best available device available to you now with Windows 10 pre-installed, given that chip shortages may mean Windows 11 device availability may still be some time away.
If you’d like more advice on Windows 10, Windows 11, hardware, upgrades and more, give Maxsum a call on 1300 629 786 or drop us a line here.
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