So, Microsoft announced Windows 11, due to release for free this holiday. Here’s your highlights.
- There will be a single, annual update per year for Windows 11. Home and Pro get 24 months of support, and Enterprise and Education get 36 months.
- Business users will be able to upgrade at their own pace.
- Windows 10 and 11 can be deployed, managed, and used side by side.
- Microsoft Teams will be integrated into Windows 11, right in the task bar and Start Menu.
- Android Apps will be brought to Windows 11, leveraging Amazon’s Appstore and Intel’s Bridge technology.
- And, developers keep 100% of their revenue if they bring their own commerce engine to the store.
Why do we care?
Any major OS upgrade is news, and valuable for IT services companies. Sure, I’m dismissive of infrastructure…. Because I don’t view it alone as the driving force of a growing IT services practice. That doesn’t mean it’s to be ignored.
You really do wish Microsoft would admit that the branding exercise here is to juice PC sales numbers. Making it a feature upgrade – which this rather sounds like – it’s nearly as exciting as a major upgrade. The marketing is going to drive sales.
So, go take advantage. Just know it’s a sugar high…. And that doesn’t take away from that sweet taste.