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How Can Our Company Best Prepare for a Windows 11 Upgrade?

For some, it may seem like Windows 10 is still the “new” Windows operating system (OS), but it’s actually just a little over four years away from retirement, having been out since 2015.

This is one of the reasons that Microsoft just announced the upcoming rollout of Windows 11, its newest OS. This upgrade won’t be quite as dramatic as when its predecessor came out to replace Windows 7, but any change in an operating system means a big impact on business technology systems.

Windows 11 is designed for doing things faster and you’ll see a cleaner and more “Zen-like” interface. The Start menu has had a major revamp to make it more distraction-free, and other features have been added to improve task efficiency for things like video calls and working in multiple windows at once.

Snap layouts – One of the productivity features of Windows 11

Why Should You Upgrade Sooner Rather Than Later?

When companies are already busy with their day-to-day work, they will often think, “We can just wait a few years,” when a new operating system upgrade comes out.

They don’t want to go through the steps necessary for the upgrade “right now” and figure they can put it off for a while. But that can often cause problems with cybersecurity, new software/hardware compatibility, and competitiveness.

Here are some reasons to upgrade to Windows 11 sooner rather than later:

IT Security

Less than 6 months before Windows 7 lost vital security support, there were still approximately 35% of users using the operating system. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and then have to scramble to get your entire office upgraded.

Running an outdated operating system is a major IT security risk. And today’s climate of ransomware running rampant is no time to leave any security weaknesses in your IT infrastructure.

It’s a Free Upgrade

You won’t have to pay for Windows 11 if you already have Windows 10 and have a compatible device.

There are Several Productivity-Boosting Benefits

You’ll be missing out on features that could improve your team’s productivity, make it easier to do video meetings, and make multi-tasking more efficient.

Some of the top productivity-enhancing features of Windows 11 include:

  • Native Microsoft Teams integration with trouble-free calling right from the desktop
  • Snap layouts that help optimize the arrangement when working in multiple windows at once
  • Personalized news and information feed
  • Streamlined Start menu to get you what you need faster
  • More accessibility features (Microsoft says Windows 11 is its most accessible OS ever)

Microsoft Teams is natively integrated with Windows 11 for easier video calls.

Stay Competitive & Compatible

Once a new OS comes out, software and hardware developers are going to be designing for that new OS. This means that the longer you remain on Windows 10, the more risk there will be of not being able to upgrade your software or hardware the way you like.

You’ll also be lagging technologically, which could put you behind your competitors. 

How to Prepare Your Office for an Upgrade to Windows 11 

Check Device Compatibility With Windows 11 System Requirements

The first step for preparing for a Windows 11 upgrade is to check all your work PCs and any computers that remote employees may be issued for compatibility with the upgrade.

If an employee is working from an older computer, you may need to replace that system so it will be compatible with Windows 11.

You can find system requirements here.

Tip: An easy way to check compatibility in a minute or two is to download and run Microsoft’s PC Health Check tool. This will automatically scan your device for the requirements and let you know if it can support a Windows 11 upgrade. 

Pre-Schedule Your Upgrade With an IT Provider

You shouldn’t undertake an OS upgrade throughout your organization without the help and guidance of an IT professional, like Unbound Digital.

We’ll work with you to upgrade systems to avoid downtime and in a way that won’t inconvenience your users.

The exact timing of the rollout isn’t known yet. Here’s what we do know:

  • Microsoft states that Windows 11 will roll out publicly around the “holidays 2021” and into early 2022.
  • There is a rumor that the upgrade might come as early as October (but Microsoft hasn’t confirmed this)

It’s recommended that you still pre-schedule your roll-out now because once the OS is out, upgrade schedules will be filling up fast and you may have to wait longer than you want to if you don’t already have a spot in line.

Check Software Compatibility 

If you’re running any custom software or older non-cloud applications, then you’ll want to check compatibility with Windows 11 with those developers.

It may be that the software developer needs to work on the code to make it compatible with the new OS, and their timing to do that will impact your upgrade timing. 

Train Users on the New OS About 1-2 Weeks Before Your Upgrade

When users are getting used to a new desktop environment, productivity will inevitably drop for a few days as they’re becoming familiar with the new OS. But you can significantly decrease that productivity drop by training users on the new OS ahead of time.

Schedule a training about 1-2 weeks before your upgrade so the new OS will be fresh in their minds.

Get Your Windows 11 Upgrade Pre-Scheduled with Unbound Digital Today 

Unbound Digital can help your Johnson City, Tennessee business check all the boxes when it comes to Windows 11 preparation. We’ll also help you ensure a smooth rollout that minimizes disruption.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call 423-335-2461 or reach us online.

 

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