Over two months have passed since the release of Windows 11, and many businesses are wondering if they should upgrade now or wait.
Because the operating system running your company PCs is one of the foundations of your business workflow, it’s important to carefully consider a major OS version upgrade before you dive in.
Risks of upgrading too soon include:
- Might run into bugs that haven’t yet been resolved
- Could experience unexpected downtime
- Can face software compatibility issues
Risks of waiting longer to upgrade:
- Missing out on productivity-enhancing benefits
- Could run into security issues if the OS is kept past its end-of-life date
- Might fall behind the competition in capabilities
When it comes to Windows 11, there’s enough data in now to begin working on your timeline to upgrade. We’ll go over OS upgrade pros and cons below to help you make an informed decision.
Benefits of Upgrading to Windows 11 Now
Teams Integration Makes Connections Faster
Microsoft Teams is natively integrated into Windows 11 and users can now use the app to connect with anyone right from the desktop.
Users don’t need to open the entire Teams program, and instead, can just click the icon on the taskbar to send or receive an SMS, make an audio call, or start a video conference. The person or people you connect with do not need to be MS Teams users.
Being able to text from the desktop instead of having to fish out a phone and type on a little screen will be a big time-saver for many.
Teams icon on the taskbar in Windows 11
Snap Layouts Make for Easier Side-by-Side Work
One of the most productivity-enhancing features in Windows 11 is snap layouts. This allows you to easily add windows to an optimized layout so you can work in more than one on the screen at a time.
What’s the benefit over just sizing the windows yourself? It takes less time, and all window views are optimized. This means you can reach all menu items and scroll bars without needing to resize the window. You can also maximize a window and then snap it back into the layout.
Snap layouts in Windows 11
Not a Big Learning Curve for Users
Windows 11 is not going to be a dramatic difference for users from Windows 10, so the learning curve is fairly low. This means that you should not see major drops in productivity while users get used to the new OS.
One of the biggest differences is that the Windows Start icon is now in the middle of the taskbar instead of on the far left. The Start Menu has also been decluttered considerably, and it makes finding the programs and settings you need easier.
Reasons You May Want to Wait a Little Longer
There Are a Few Bugs
Windows 11 has seen a pretty smooth release, but it’s not without a few bugs. Many of those have already been resolved. One that is still pending is a conflict with Oracle VirtualBox that can interfere with starting Virtual machines (VMs).
Another bug that was recently discovered can cause apps to crash randomly or can cause the Blue Screen of Death. These bugs do not affect all installations but can impact some Windows 11 users as well as the latest versions of Windows 10. A fix has already been developed and should be rolling out shortly.
But if you’d rather avoid any potential bugs, then you may want to wait a little while longer to upgrade.
You Need Time to Check Software Compatibility
It’s important to check any software that your office uses to ensure it’s going to be compatible with Windows 11. While there have only been a few incompatibility issues noted, some of which have been resolved, you don’t want to risk downtime by not doing a full check first.
If you use custom software, then you’ll definitely want to test it in a Windows 11 environment before you plan your upgrade.
You Need to Budget For PC Upgrades
Windows 11 is a free download for compatible Windows 10 devices. However, if you have some older computers that need to be replaced with new Windows 11 PCs, then you may need a little more time to budget for the upgrades.
Rolling out your purchases over several months in 2022 will give you more time as well to plan the timing for upgrading your current compatible user PCs and conducting employee training.
Need Help Planning Your Windows 11 Rollout?
ECN IT Solutions can help your Tucson area business with your Windows 11 rollout strategy, ensuring you have a smooth upgrade process across your company and mitigating any downtime.
We’re here and ready to talk Windows 11 upgrades with you! Reach out at 520-335-7553 or through our website.
ECN IT Solutions is a managed service provider (MSP) based in Tucson, Arizona that provides full-service, outsourced IT Support for companies across the Southwest. We offer network monitoring and management, cybersecurity, and a help desk with a response time of under 10 minutes. For more information, contact us online or call (520) 355-7553 and we’ll get in touch with you faster than you can believe.