I’ve been puzzling about the “why” of Windows 11 for a while. I’m not the only one. As Preston Gralla of Computerworld wrote, the news of the Windows 11 release “was often completely wrong or misleading. It may well have been the most failed product announcement in Microsoft’s long history.”
Amen brother! I’ve covered every Windows release since Windows 95 was released in Atlanta and nothing else comes close. And yes I’m counting The 95 Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates dance routine.
So why is Microsoft releasing this? And why now? Clearly, it has been done in a hurry. Even a month ago, no one outside of Microsoft saw Windows 11 coming. Microsoft had made it clear that it sees the future of Azure cloud desktop with Microsoft Cloud PC.
It is not money. Windows 11 will be a “free” update for current Windows 10 users. And it sure isn’t the updated “Eh” interface or new features. I mean, being able to run Android apps on Windows is nice, but the reason for a completely new version? I do not believe it.
So what is really going on? After delving into what Microsoft says and in today’s world, “if it’s Tuesday, there must be a new security disaster,” I think Windows 11 is really about security.
Even as I write this, another big Windows zero-day is popping up, and it’s disgusting. Print Nightmare. Yes, your machine can be taken over by an attack on your Windows print queue.
Of course, security is not sexy. It also means tacitly admitting that Windows 10 is as big a security disaster as ever. But it’s not all Microsoft’s fault. Intel’s security is also a disaster. Remember the unpleasant Meltdown and Specter security bugs. They are still out there and we are still dealing with their consequences. Put them together on WinTel and we’ll have a real mess.
The answer? Microsoft, after confusing everyone about the hardware Windows 11 will or won’t run on, finally revealed what’s what. And, along the way, he pulled the curtain on why he is doing this. And the answer is, in fact, security.
Windows 11 raises the bar for security by requiring hardware that can enable protections such as Windows Hello, device encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI), and secure boot. These characteristics in combination have been shown reduce malware by 60% on tested devices. That’s why all Windows 11-compatible CPUs have a built-in TPM, support secure boot, and support VBS and specific applications. VBS capabilities.
What does that mean to us? Bad news. Most of us are not going to “upgrade” our Windows 10 systems. Instead, we are going to buy new PCs.
Specifically, Microsoft says it is “sure that devices running on Intel 8thNext-generation processors and AMD Zen 2, as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series will meet our security and reliability principles and minimum system requirements for Windows 11. As we launch Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices in Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that can meet our principles. “
Note: It did not guarantee that Windows 11 would run, for example, on Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. There is a big difference between a guarantee and more confidence.
Regarding 7th-generation chips like Kaby Lake processors, we’re still in the dark. (I honestly don’t see them working well, to tell the truth.)
Microsoft has also finally made it clear that your PC must have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 inside it, and your computer’s firmware must also be configured to be active. TPM 2.0 is used to generate and protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other sensitive data so that malware and attackers cannot access or manipulate your data.
It’s nice that you can simply check if your current fleet of PCs can run Windows 11 with the PC Health Check app, right?
Wrong. Microsoft confesses that while “the PC Health Check application was intended to help people verify whether their current Windows 10 PC could be upgraded to Windows 11 …, it was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or precision that I expected. from us on the reason a Windows 10 PC doesn’t meet the upgrade requirements. [So] We are temporarily removing the app so that our teams can address the feedback. We will bring it back online in preparation for general availability this fall. “
Come now. Clearly, there was no Windows 11 beta test worth the name within Microsoft. Windows 11 is heading out the door as fast as possible, and Microsoft is widely hinting that Windows 11 will be released on October 1. 20 and you can expect to see new Windows 11 PCs in Q4 2021.
Right. What a coincidence.
Yes, both Windows and your business need greater security. But the more I look at this, the more I see an operating system rushing out the door and most likely crashing frequently and requiring you to buy new and expensive equipment.
Let’s be realistic. Windows 11 won’t be ready for business or common people to run this winter. I will run it, on a new PC with the latest hardware, because that’s what I do. But you and youdeal? Stick with Windows 10 for now. Frankly, prepare to stick with Windows 10 through 2023. By January 2023, Windows 11 may be ready to go. End of 2021? End of 2022? I do not see it.
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