Blog: 7 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 11 Right Now
Microsoft’s latest operating system is here now. Is now the right time for enterprises to upgrade, or should you wait?
Technology leaders that begin the transition to Windows 11 now will save time, money, and hassle down the road. Completing the upgrade early also means working with the latest in performance and security now, rather than months or years down the road.
There's still time to decide: Microsoft will support “at least one version of” Windows 10 into October 2025. But we recommend upgrading soon, and starting a Windows 11 readiness assessment for capability and compatibility immediately. (We can help with that! Book a call to talk now.)
Continue reading for the full rundown on Windows 11, and why readiness plans should be a priority in 2022.
What is Windows 11?
Windows 11 is the latest major release of the Windows NT operating system. It was built to help employees and teams focus on what’s important: getting the job done.
Windows 11 is an evolution of Windows 10 (released in 2015). It delivers all the power and security of its predecessor but introduces new tools, productivity features, and security updates necessary for hybrid work.
It is available now as a free upgrade, though not all machines can handle its hardware requirements.
7 Reasons Why Enterprises Should Prepare for Windows 11 Right Now Instead of Later
1. You can upgrade (most) existing endpoints for free right now
You can upgrade existing machines to Windows 11 now, if they meet the minimum hardware and software requirements. Most devices purchased in the last 18 months are compatible already.
But what about older endpoints? They’ll need to be replaced. IT departments should flag any noncompatible devices, and replace outdated tech as part of your regular refresh cycle before 2025.
2. Windows 11 helps hybrid teams work smarter
Employees will love the feature updates designed to boost collaboration and improve communication.
A few highlights:
- UX enhancements tailor-made for Teams meetings, so you can easily mute/unmute and share right from the Taskbar
- Widgets keep your most important information close by
- Create custom window layouts for how you want to work with new Snap Layouts
In today’s hiring market, experts say that investing in the technology and tools that improve employee experience is crucial to attracting and retaining top talent. Read more about device choice>>3. Windows 11 is more secure
Flexible work has introduced new threats and risks as employees work from anywhere. Windows 11 features built-in security to protect your corporate data from malware and ransomware, while still maintaining a user-friendly experience.
Citing an uptick in cybersecurity attacks, Microsoft’s David Weston, Director of Enterprise and OS Security, said the company was “raising the security baseline to meet the evolving threat landscape.”
Windows 11 offers increased protection with built-in security, hardware-based isolation, and encryption that makes it “significantly more difficult for attackers to hide,” according to Microsoft.
4. Windows 11 delivers beautiful user experiences
Windows 11’s most significant changes are in its design. That’s not minor, though! The OS has a whole new look and feel, with smooth edges, transparent effects, customizable widgets, and animations throughout.
It all comes together for a system that’s pleasing to work with on any size screen.
5. Windows 10 apps are compatible with Windows 11, backed by App Assure
Managing application compatibility across an entire enterprise presents some unique technical and non-technical challenges. But you can rest assured knowing that apps that worked for you on Windows 10 will be compatible with Windows 11.
If there are snags, Microsoft will help resolve them at no cost with App Assure, a service designed to address compatibility issues with Windows and Microsoft 365 Apps.
6. Windows 11 deployment will be simpler than past upgrades
With all of these fresh features, Windows 11 remains consistent where it matters most for employees and IT.
Because it was built upon the Windows 10 framework, you can easily transition to Windows 11 using the tools, servicing framework, and other core processes you already have in place for Windows 10.
7. Organizations that plan for transition early will save time and money
Overall, this update is less labor-intensive than past releases. Enterprises can also deploy Windows 11 devices right alongside Windows 10 devices for now, making it easier to do a phased roll-out.
Capability and compatibility are the larger concerns.
“If organizations want to provide an optimal experience for their employees, they should consider moving them to Windows 11 today,” says Traci Taylor, Product Management Director for CompuCom’s Digital Workplace Services. “Unlike previous Windows major releases, the Windows 11 interface is intuitive for any user, making the move seamless for most organizations.”
At a minimum, says Taylor, it is important to understand whether your currently deployed devices are compatible so you can start device refresh planning.
Technology is moving fast. Upgrading now means you will be working with secure and up to date technologies fit for all your workplace needs.
Every company will transition to Windows 11 at its own pace. We’re here to support a totally seamless switch, whether it happens right now or over the coming months.
If you’re ready to upgrade your enterprise, book a call with us to get started. To learn more about our capabilities as a Microsoft Gold Partner, visit our Partners page here.