In the event you watched—or tried to look at—Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay’s intro for Home windows 11, “What’s Subsequent for Home windows,” on June 24, you knew this wasn’t going effectively from minute one. The streaming was abysmal, a presentation flop that was no method to introduce what’s actually only a facelift for Home windows 10.

After all, Microsoft officers mentioned Home windows 11 would be the most safe Home windows model ever. However what number of occasions have they got to repeat this bogus declare? I believe the primary time I heard it was with Home windows 1.02 in 1986, which solely shipped in Europe. Why not Home windows 1.01? It couldn’t have been Home windows 1.01, as a result of Home windows 1.0 by no means truly made it to market due to—shocker!—bugs. 

This time round, and I’m not making this up, Home windows 11 shall be a “zero-trust-ready” working system.

I consider them—and I don’t imply the Zero Belief structure—I imply I’ve zero belief that will probably be all that safer than Home windows 10. It’s in all probability operating in your desk proper now and each month, as common as clockwork, there’s a slew of main safety updates on Patch Tuesday. There’s a motive Computerworld has had a weekly column for ages simply on Home windows patching.

Take into consideration that for a minute. Would you employ every other product that you must replace month-to-month to forestall catastrophic failures? We’re so used to it, we don’t even take into consideration simply how odd that’s.

That mentioned, whereas Home windows 11 is constructed atop Home windows 10, Microsoft is enhancing its inherent safety by requiring your PC to have at the least Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0. (Initially, the corporate mentioned TPM model 1.2 would work. Hmm.)

TPM is a hardware-based safe crypto-processor system. It prevents rootkit assaults and generates and shops cryptographic keys used for system and software program authentication.

As well as, Home windows 11 additionally requires your PC to have hardware-based isolation, Safe Boot, and Hypervisor Code Integrity built-in and turned on by default. This can defend you from malware and ransomware. That’s, in fact, if it really works; Safe Boot, specifically, has an extended historical past of vulnerabilities.

However, and it is a massive however, this additionally signifies that you’ll want a 2017–2018 or newer PC to run Home windows 11. In case your PC has an older CPU, similar to a Summit Ridge AMD Ryzen or Intel Skylake, it’s possible you’ll be out of luck. Some computer systems, together with newer fashions, will even want BIOS or UEFI updates to run Home windows 11. As of late final week, although, Microsoft was hedging on what processors Home windows 11 will truly help. (Proper now, customers actually can’t belief Home windows’ personal PC Well being Verify app for a straight reply.)

Does this make me wanting to improve to Home windows 11? It doesn’t. 

As is all the time the case with a brand new model of Home windows, Microsoft additionally isn’t promising that older applications and peripherals will work with Home windows 11. In the event you run into bother, you may flip to the App Guarantee program and hope Microsoft may also help if one thing goes awry with any specialised mission-critical program.

Microsoft is pulling some options out of Home windows 11. These embrace Web Explorer and Cortana. Except you by no means tore your self away from ActiveX-based IE functions, I don’t see anybody shedding a tear for them. I used to be stunned to see the Timeline characteristic, which allows customers to manage their actions throughout a number of Home windows 10 programs, get kicked to the curb. I truly used that one pretty typically.

One good change, so far as I’m involved, is that as an alternative of two updates per yr, Microsoft is transferring to only one. These updates on the House and Professional editions will get 24 months of help, whereas Enterprise and Training editions get 36 months. As somebody who was sick and bored with having to tug my machines via main updates each six months or so, that is purely excellent news.

However, is that sufficient motive to maneuver to Home windows 11? I don’t suppose so.

Its prettier interface, due to the Fluent Design System, appears to be like good, however it’s not that good. For me, magnificence is within the eye of the beholder, and this beholder simply needs a system that doesn’t require me to be taught one more new method to do the identical previous issues.

Android on my Home windows desktop? It’s a neat trick, and I’ve lengthy had it on my Chromebooks. It’s useful, however I don’t see a lot name for it in a Home windows-based workflow.

Frankly, I’m hard-pressed to think about any good motive to maneuver my enterprise from Home windows 10 to 11. Particularly, I actually don’t need to soar via the hoops wanted to maneuver my present fleet of labor PCs to Home windows 11. Sure, will probably be a “free” improve, however there are simply too many issues that may go improper for me to need to likelihood it. Most corporations will weigh the identical equation.

When it comes right down to it, the one motive I can see for this “improve” is to squeeze just a few extra {dollars} from the old-school Home windows mannequin. Microsoft’s actual plan for the longer term is its delayed Cloud PC launch. Desktop-as-a-Service is the place Microsoft actually needs its customers to maneuver. Home windows 11 is only a placeholder.

Microsoft guarantees that Home windows 10 shall be supported till Oct. 14, 2025, which sounds good to me. Wake me up in, say, the second quarter of 2025. Then we’ll speak about transferring my enterprise to Home windows 11.

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