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Analysts Don't Recommend Businesses Rush to Windows 11, Despite New Security Features

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If you own a business and are thinking of upgrading to Windows 11, you might want to wait. Yes, even with the OS' new security features. Analyst firm Gartner is recommending its customers to take time to prepare and avoid rushing in before adopting Windows 11, according to The Register.  

Specifically, Gartner's research vice president, Stephen Kleynhans, recommends businesses should do an evaluation of Windows 11 starting in 2022, before introducing an implementation phase after the second half of 2022 when Windows 11 22H2 ships.

Kleynhans did not give a precise answer as to why businesses should wait a whole year to implement Windows 11. However, it's expected that businesses, especially large companies, will require at least a few months of time and evaluation after any new OS launch just to ensure all of its usual apps work properly.

Windows 11 maturity is also another consideration, as it's always wise to give a new operating system time to mature with new security and stability updates, and the same applies to new Windows 11 drivers also.

Gartner recommends using the first half of 2022 as an evaluation and testing phase for Windows 11. This will give IT teams time to ensure all business apps and systems will be compatible with Windows 11.

Once done, Gartner then recommends a serious evaluation of Windows 11 once the 22H2 update arrives, to make sure the same tools and processes used for Windows 10 feature updates are reliable.

Windows 11 is A Marketing Opportunity for the PC Ecosystem

Even though most of Windows 11's features could have been released in a simple feature update for Windows 10, the analyst firm believes Windows 11 gives the industry something to rally behind, and create a new modern baseline in the PC space.

The problem with Windows 10's 'Windows As A Service' model was the blurred lines between outdated hardware and new feature sets. Windows 10 has been out for six years now, and getting all the Windows 10 support apps and features to operate well under 5-year-old hardware can be difficult.

With Windows 11, Microsoft was able to create a new foundation with new system requirements, to give developers more time to work on supporting newer platforms instead of trying to support both new and old hardware.

So, while the Gartner firm is recommending everyone take their time to upgrade to Windows 11, it also believes Windows 11 is a step in the right direction. It just believe that the next two years will effectively be Windows 11's adoption phase, giving IT support time to get all workstations and systems ready for the new OS.

  • peachpuff
    My company in on the 6th green intel chips so no windows 11 for us so hah!
    Reply
  • ajcroteau
    Most companies don't have machines that capable of running Windows 11... I wouldn't worry too much about companies rushing to upgrade to Windows 11 lol
    Reply
  • USAFRet
    Companies should NEVER rush to the new shiny, no matter what platform.
    Reply
  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    New OS can mean new software versions and new licenses which can cost tens of thousands. As Windows 11 brings nothing new to the table for corporations, there's zero reason for them to upgrade until their machines are replaced.
    Reply
  • watzupken
    No companies in the right state of mind will immediately jump to a new OS version without thoroughly testing it. 1 being that MS' QC testing is as good as no QC. Despite having retail testers to provide bugs and feedback, I don't believe a lot of the issues identified is something new. And yet, there we have Windows 11, perhaps not even half baked, with a fancy layer of makeup to mask the legacy features. They try to sell Windows 11 as security centric, but yet, have exceptions here and there for certain "must have" features. Makes me wonder if security is a primary concern or just an excuse to push a "new" OS with mainly cosmetic changes.
    2 being that even if Windows 11 is stable, some changes with it may break the applications used by the firm.
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  • korekan
    if business rushing to upgrade then there will be no more chip on the shop.
    highly unlikely enterprise will upgrade. most huge enterprise still run on win server 2012, win 7. (and its a banking/ finance enterprise not just small startup company)
    you dont believe me? yea. reality sucks
    Reply
  • DotNetMaster777
    Security issues more often occurs on Windows !

    Why people do not use other operation systems ??
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  • USAFRet
    DotNetMaster777 said:
    Security issues more often occurs on Windows !

    Why people do not use other operation systems ??
    "Security issues" exist on all platforms.
    Windows is compatible with the software they use. Others, not so much.
    What do YOU use, DotNetMaster?
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  • korekan
    DotNetMaster777 said:
    Security issues more often occurs on Windows !

    Why people do not use other operation systems ??
    wait what? linkedin, facebook security breached and you think they used windows?
    let me give you information about security issues.
    first. Linux almost not having interface virus. because linux environment never use UI.
    second. Linux is the top attacked OS and most vulnerabilities. here read it yourself in this link. Top 50 products having highest number of cve security vulnerabilities (cvedetails.com)

    if someone still said linux is top notch in security, its actually the biggest hole ever and non stop patching errand.
    no offence linux is still good for its own purpose but for desktop. no.
    daily i worked on linux environment but when it comes to desktop windows and macosx is the best
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  • Old Molases
    peachpuff said:
    My company in on the 6th green intel chips so no windows 11 for us so hah!
    Mine is on the 5th so yeah!! xD
    Reply