The analyst firm Gartner has advised its customers what to do with Windows 11: Familiarize yourself with it and plan the possible introduction, but do not rush to implement it.
In his recommendation “Positioning Windows 11 and Preparing to Deploy”, Gartner Research Vice President Stephen Kleynhans rates the new operating system as an “overdue facelift” and praises new features such as the new Microsoft Store, support for Android apps and the lack of Internet Explorer .
Kleynhans also said, however, that “All these functions could only have been published as a further function update for Windows 10”.
The new name, he suggests, should cause a stir instead of marking important changes. By calling it Windows 11, he says Microsoft has “created a marketing opportunity for the PC ecosystem.
“A new OS version acts as a gathering point for the industry – something that has been missing since Windows 10 launched six years ago.”
The upgrade from Windows to 11 was also approved by Kleynhans because he was of the opinion that “the switch to the Windows-as-a-Service model with Windows 10 left the question of supporting obsolete hardware somewhat unclear and arbitrary”.
The renaming of Windows – even if the upgrade does not deserve a new nickname – means for Microsoft “an opportunity to create a new, more modern base and to limit this legacy without affecting existing Windows 10 users”.
Kleynhans rates the most significant change in Windows 11 as the new frequency of the annual feature updates compared to the twice-yearly releases of Windows 10. “This model corresponds more closely to what most companies do effectively today with Windows 10 feature updates,” he wrote.
The analyst doesn’t think you need to rush into Windows 11.
Kleynhans recommends only two immediate measures for companies. One of these is creating a timeline for evaluating and migrating to Windows 11, with testing scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.
“Organizations should run small pilots of the first version of Windows 11 21H2 in 2022 to understand the new UX and the potential impact on users and support,” he suggests.
If you’re new to Unified Endpoint Management, the analyst suggests it should be on your short-term to-do list as well. It is required to manage Windows 11.
“As soon as the 22H2 update ships, start the serious evaluation using the same tools and processes that are used for Windows 10 feature updates,” he adds.
Kleynhans does not expect a quick mass adoption.
“By the beginning of 2023, fewer than ten percent of new company PCs will be equipped with Windows 11,” he suggests. ®