Whenever a major operating system upgrade comes out, companies must decide when they want to roll it out company-wide.
Some users may be excited to try all the new features, while others may dread having to leave their comfortable desktop environment and learn a new one. Companies are usually looking at productivity and the balance between it going down for a few weeks during the transition and what’s to gain by upgrading.
The operating system your users work on is one of the most important parts of your IT infrastructure. You want to make sure you’re keeping up with the times. However, it’s also smart to hold off upgrading if there are still some vital bugs to work out.
The downside of holding onto an operating system for too long is that it can lose support, including security updates, which leaves your network at a much higher risk of an attack. Windows 10 has less than four years before it officially hits the end of life in October of 2025.
You don’t want to be left on an older system and have to rush to upgrade at the last minute.
We’ll go through some of the considerations to take in when deciding when to begin a Windows 11 upgrade at your organization.
Reasons to Upgrade Now
The Change from Windows 10 to 11 is Not Dramatic
When users upgrade, they’re not going to have to relearn their entire desktop environment. The upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is mainly about streamlining and reducing clutter.
Some of the most noticeable features they’ll need to adapt to are:
- The Start button is now grouped with other icons in the middle of the taskbar
- The Start Menu has been revamped and is more minimalistic
- There is a new Teams icon on the taskbar for video calls, audio calls, and messaging
Snap Layouts Can Make Multi-Window Workflows a Lot Easier
It’s not usual to need to work with two or more windows on a screen at the same time. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to try to rearrange those windows so you can see both and reach all the scroll bars.
One of the best new features in Windows 11 is snap layouts. This is an easy-to-use feature that enables you to snap your open windows into an optimized layout of between 2 to 4 windows.
This feature alone is a good reason to upgrade due to it being a big time-saver that can improve productivity.
You Can Now Text from Your Desktop (Any Phone!)
If you or any of your users are in the group that uses a Windows PC but an iPhone mobile device, then you’ve probably been frustrated. Until now, only Android users could pair their phone and PC so they could text from their computer.
Windows 11’s integration of Teams now allows anyone, no matter what phone they have, to send and receive text messages right from their desktop. This is a big time-saver, and many users will find it easier to text this way than tapping out a message on a small screen.
The upgrade to Windows 11 is not a dramatic difference from Windows 10, but it does include enhancements to make working on your PC more distraction-free. Part of this is the new Start menu design that makes it more intuitive to pull up a setting or app in seconds.
Another positive enhancement is the look of the UI and rounded corners on windows that can provide users with a more pleasing experience.
Reasons to Upgrade Later
Yes, There Are Some Bugs
Rarely do major upgrades of any kind get rolled out without some bugs. While those found so far in Windows 11 have been fairly minimal, they are still there and might cause you to want to wait until they’re ironed out.
An overview of the known bugs in Windows 11 include:
- You may have problems in some apps with the Snipping Tool
- Printer connections over corporate networks might be problematic.
- Custom printing properties may not display properly
- Non-ASCII characters in certain apps may not display properly
- You may lose performance in some processes run with AMD Ryzen processors
- Known compatibility issues with Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” software
- Known compatibility issues with Oracle VirtualBox
Widgets Tool Needs More Work
There’s a reason that Microsoft isn’t highlighting the new widget panel in Windows 11 on its product page. The panel which was meant to give users a customizable experience where they could access widgets for apps like Outlook, weather, and calendar, needs more work.
It’s difficult to use and pretty lackluster right now. Connecting your email to the widget is problematic as well.
If this was a feature you were excited about using, then you may want to wait a little bit longer to upgrade until it’s been improved upon.
Get Help Planning a Smooth Rollout to Windows 11
When you have multiple PCs to upgrade to Windows 11, you want to work with a pro to ensure all goes well. Texas I.T. Pros can help your Denton or Wise County business with an efficient Windows upgrade that minimizes any work disruption.
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