As you already know, Microsoft has recently announced the release of Windows 11. Currently, in its early stages, in an age where hybrid work and learning is becoming increasingly popular, this new update promises a whole new look, more apps, and efficient ways to be creative and productive, while promoting better integration, collaboration, and communication.

Microsoft’s new announcement has left many businesses wondering what this means for them in the months to come and if they should upgrade to Windows 11. Switching to a new Operating System is not an easy decision and can result in major disruptions if not planned properly.

Here, we’ve discussed some of the more salient features of the new Operating System and how you can prepare your business to safely upgrade to Windows 11.

Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 11

Enhanced User Experience

The new software offers a variety of new features to facilitate virtual collaboration and productivity. The most noticeable difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11 is the relocation of the taskbar and START menu to the centre of the screen.

The integration of Microsoft Teams into the Windows 11 desktop will make it easier for users to create, join, communicate, and multitask during chats and meetings. Users can also mute, unmute, and start presenting directly from the taskbar. This allows you to avoid the technical difficulties and downtime that come with virtual meetings.

Additionally, you can use teams to communicate with IOS or Android users through SMS messaging, even if they don’t have the Microsoft Teams application.

In addition to displaying a static list of apps, the new START menu also uses the cloud to pull up the most frequently used apps and files across devices, including those running on Android and IOS platforms. This allows users to seamlessly transition between devices and locations, making it ideal for hybrid work environments.

You can also expand your apps, scroll through the list, and pin apps as you choose. But, it is important to note that Windows 11 no longer supports Live Tiles. If you still need to see all the information at a glance on your START menu, then you can choose to continue with Windows 10 until you find another option.

Multitasking and External Monitor Support

Microsoft’s new updates can increase your multitasking and system performance with its Snap Layouts. While retaining the traditional snap feature from Windows 10 where you can manually tile your windows, this update also allows you to group windows and save them to the taskbar.

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 will save how you had your windows on your external monitor before you disconnected it, so it is ready to go when you plug it back in. Windows 11 also presents an improved user interface that is more responsive and agile than previous versions.

Microsoft Store

Though the app store in Windows 11 is based on the same design as Windows 10, some key updates make it easier to use apps to scale productivity and security. Microsoft will still allow you to download UWP apps and Progressive apps on both Windows 10 and 11 OPS. But, Win32 apps like Firefox will only be available on Windows 11 from now on.

The design and speed upgrades will make for a smoother user experience when it comes to browsing, installing, and updating Windows applications.

Security Updates

Though Windows 11 has several amazing visual and functional changes, what truly sets it apart from its predecessors is its emphasis on security and data protection.

With the increased need for remote work and the rapid advancement of cyberattackers, cybersecurity has become a top concern for businesses of all sizes. Windows 11 uses a zero-trust framework to combat this threat and better protect your devices and data no matter when your employees are located.

Advanced security is no longer just an add-on for businesses who feel they require it, but a default setting. Though this makes Windows 11 the most secure version, it also is the biggest obstacle to adoption.

Windows 11 requires a 64-bit processor, such as the eight-generation intel model, and a TPM 2.0 chip (Trusted Platform Module) to enable Microsoft security features such as virtualization-based security (VBS) and hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI to be on by default). This will help reduce malware by 60%!

Security Updates Though Windows 11 has several amazing visual and functional changes, what truly sets it apart from its predecessors is its emphasis on security and data protection. With the increased need for remote work and the rapid advancement of cyberattackers, cybersecurity has become a top concern for businesses of all sizes. Windows 11 uses a zero-trust framework to combat this threat and better protect your devices and data no matter when your employees are located. Advanced security is no longer just an add-on for businesses who feel they require it, but a default setting. Though this makes Windows 11 the most secure version, it also is the biggest obstacle to adoption. Windows 11 requires a 64-bit processor, such as the eight-generation intel model, and a TPM 2.0 chip (Trusted Platform Module) to enable Microsoft security features such as virtualization-based security (VBS) and hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI to be on by default). This will help reduce malware by 60%!

How Do You Get Ready for a Windows 11 Update

Businesses need to prepare ahead of time and put a plan in place before adopting the new update. Otherwise, it can result in unexpected downtime, untrained users, and negatively affect productivity.

Though Microsoft has plans of supporting Windows 10 through 2025. The new Windows has features that can boost productivity and make tasks easier.

But, before you go ahead with the upgrade, there are several steps you need to take to ensure a smooth transition.

Check Device Compatibility

Not all devices that use Windows 10 will have the hardware requirements necessary to upgrade to Windows 11. So, it is important to check your office computers and remote working devices to ensure which ones are compatible and which ones may need to be replaced.

Microsoft’s free PC Health Check tool will be able to help you check if your systems meet the minimum requirements.

Review Software & Hardware Compatibility

If your business runs custom software, it is important to know which parts of your process will need to be updated to accommodate the upgrade. As this may affect your upgrade schedule, it is best to consult an experienced IT professional beforehand to avoid any future complications.

Train Your Employees on the New OS

Training your employees in advance will help prepare them to handle the new features without any loss in productivity. This will also give them the time to familiarize themselves with the new desktop environment. It will also teach them how to leverage the time-saving updates to enhance productivity.

Preschedule IT Support Today!

From backing up your files to finding replacements for devices that don’t meet the upgrade requirements, there are several factors you need to consider before setting up your upgrade.

The ManagePoint team can help you successfully and seamlessly upgrade to the new OS. Our team can identify solutions to address any problems that may present themselves during the upgrade to ensure a seamless transition. Get in touch with us for any questions you may have about our range of services.

Schedule a consultation with ManagePoint Technologies to create and implement your comprehensive upgrade strategy.

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