Windows 11 was announced last week, and there has been a rapid fire of news…
The hardware compatibility list is out – and many are finding it’s tighter than expected. Full list in the show notes. Of course… that might be changing, for as soon as that came out, Microsoft has indicated it is reviewing those minimum requirements again. Watch this space, as this doesn’t feel over.
Also of note – Android app sideloading will be possible in Windows 11. Notably, Internet Explorer is removed entirely in Windows 11.
The first preview build was released this week, and Microsoft has released best practices for planning its rollout. 11 is based on 10’s code base, so applications will be natively compatible. Microsoft wants organizations to join the Windows Insider Program to review Windows 11. They should validate hardware and software compatibility with Windows 11, and create a deployment plan. Lastly, Microsoft touted Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which can be used to leverage “cloud-based endpoint management capabilities” with Windows 11.
And a link to remote work – in a broad ranging interview with the Verge, Satya Nadella revealed insights learned during the pandemic and added into Windows 11 – including the fact the CEO of Microsoft had never had a home office.
Office is getting a 64-bit native ARM version too, as we cover the Microsoft beat. Office is also getting a redesign, similar to the user interface to Windows 11.
Why do we care?
Of course Microsoft is reviewing the chip requirement – they want to push an upgrade cycle, which is really hard to do in a chip shortage. That reality likely smacked them in the face with the announcement of the compatibility list. Anyone else feel like many of the changes are because Microsoft execs used their products at home? Just saying.
I want to highlight some data coming out of the US government’s digital analytics program – it’s a data set of visitors to US government websites and the operating systems they use.
While 90% of those visitors are Windows 10… there’s still a lot older, including a very small sliver still using technology like XP… NT… Vista.. and all the way back to Windows 3.1. Sure, that last bucked was only 15 users, but there are still several thousand users using Windows 95, 98, and ME. There’s still 6% using Windows 7.
So there’s an obvious bit of work to be done here in upgrades, which is clearly a sales opportunity. Even if you’re not doing the rollouts, there’s consulting here. I continue to observe it’s a sugar high too, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real.