If you saw, or tried to view, Microsoft Product Manager Panos Panay’s introduction for Windows 11, “What’s next for Windows?, ”On June 24, you knew this was not going well from minute one. The broadcast was abysmal, a presentation failure that was no way to present what is really just a facelift for Windows 10.
Of course, Microsoft officials said that Windows 11 will be the most secure version of Windows ever. But how many times do they have to repeat this false claim? I think the first time I heard it was with Windows 1.02 in 1986, which was only shipped to Europe. Why not Windows 1.01? It couldn’t have been Windows 1.01, because Windows 1.0 never made it to the market due to:Disgusting surprise!-Insects.
This time, and I’m not making it up, Windows 11 will be a “zero trust ready” operating system.
I believe them, and I don’t mean Zero Trust Architecture—I mean, I have no confidence that it will be much more secure than Windows 10. It is probably running on your desktop right now and every month, as regularly as clock, there are a lot of important security updates on Tuesday of patches. There’s a reason Computerworld has had a weekly column for years just about Windows patches.
Think about that for a minute. Would you use any other products that you need to update monthly to avoid catastrophic failures? We are so used to it that we don’t even think about how strange it is.
That said, even though Windows 11 is built on top of Windows 10, Microsoft is improving its inherent security by requiring your PC to have at least Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0. (Originally, the company said that TPM version 1.2 would work. Hmm).
TPM is a secure hardware-based cryptoprocessor system. Prevent rootkit attacks and generates and stores cryptographic keys that are used for device and software authentication.
Additionally, Windows 11 also requires your PC to havehardware-based isolation, Safe boot and Hypervisor code integrity built-in and on by default. This will protect you from malware and ransomware. That is, of course, if it works; Secure Boot, in particular, has a long history of vulnerabilities..
But, and it is a big But, this also means that you will need a 2017-2018 or newer PC to run Windows 11. If your PC has an older CPU, such as a Summit Ridge AMD Ryzen or Intel Skylake, you may be out of luck. Some computers, including newer models, will also need BIOS or UEFI updates to run Windows 11. However, late last week, Microsoft was covering which processors Windows 11 will actually support. (At this time, users don’t really they can rely on the Windows PC Health Check app for a straightforward answer.)
Does this make me eager to upgrade to Windows 11? It is not like this.
As is always the case with a new version of Windows, Microsoft also does not promise that older programs and peripherals will work with Windows 11. If you have problems, you can turn to the App Assure Program and I hope Microsoft can help if something goes wrong with any specialized mission critical program.
Microsoft is releasing some features from Windows 11. These include Internet Explorer and Cortana. Unless you’ve never turned away from ActiveX-based IE applications, I don’t see anyone shed a tear for them. I was surprised to see the chronology feature, which allows users to monitor their activities on multiple Windows 10 systems, is spoiled. In fact, I used it quite often.
A nice change, as far as I’m concerned, is that instead of two updates per year, Microsoft is moving to just one. These updates in the Home and Pro editions will receive 24 months of support, while the Enterprise and Education editions will have 36 months. As someone who was sick and tired of having to drag my machines through major updates every six months or so, this is simply good news.
But is that reason enough to move to Windows 11? I do not believe it.
Its most beautiful interface, thanks to the Fluid design systemIt looks good, but it’s not that nice. For me, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this viewer just wants a system that doesn’t require me to learn another new way of doing the same old things.
Android on my Windows desk? It’s a nice trick and I’ve had it on my Chromebooks for a long time. It’s useful, but I don’t see much need to do it in a Windows-based workflow.
Frankly, I have a hard time thinking of any good reason to move my business from Windows 10 to 11. In particular, I don’t want to go through the hurdles required to move my current fleet of work PCs to Windows 11. Yes, it will be a “free upgrade. “But there are too many things that can go wrong to want to risk it. Most companies will weigh the same equation.
When it comes down to it, the only reason I can see for this “upgrade” is to get a few more bucks out of the old-school Windows model. Microsoft’s real plan for the future is its delayed launch of Cloud PC. Desktop as a service is where Microsoft really wants its users to move. Windows 11 is just a placeholder.
Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will be supported until October. 14 of 2025, which sounds good to me. Wake me up, say, in Q2 2025. Then we’ll talk about moving my business to Windows 11.
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