early adopters of windows 11 Analyst firm Gartner warns that there are a number of challenges lined up for both individuals and businesses to consider before making the switch.
talking to Nerdshala Pro up E-mail, analyst Stephen Kleinhans explained that the level of risk associated with the initial Windows 11 upgrade is “relatively moderate,” but high enough to warrant consideration.
According to Kleinhans, potential issues can be broken down into three broad categories: user experience, software compatibility, and hardware support.
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Kleinhans says that next year Microsoft may make several changes to the Windows 11 user experience based on feedback. Therefore, diving directly into the new OS would mean “potentially experiencing two learning curves”.
A large part of the user experience will also be defined by the software. Although some compatibility issues have been reported so far, many applications are not yet fully optimized for the new operating system.
“This could mean that some applications will receive updates over the course of the next year to adopt the look and feel of Windows 11 and take advantage of the new capabilities. Again, this could mean additional disruption for users.”
Finally, Kleinhans says that early adopters may face unexpected issues related to hardware compatibility even if their devices adhere to the strict new windows 11 requirements.
No matter how much testing has gone through behind the scenes, when a new OS is rolled out far and wide, “there are bound to be corner cases of various hardware configurations that will experience unexpected issues,” Kleinhans explained.
When should I upgrade to Windows 11?
Although it would be tempting for businesses and regular users to launch directly into Windows 11 to take advantage of the new features and performance improvements, all indications show that patience will prove to be a virtue in this context.
Putting aside the potential risks cited by Kleinhans, there are several other problems that have already begun to manifest themselves. For example, bugs have already started cropping up post launch; Some users say that they are experiencing poor Wi-Fi performance, some have found that the Start menu search function is broken and others are experiencing slowdowns due to memory issues.
Last week, chipmaker AMD also announced that Windows 11 was causing a substantial performance drop (up to 15%) across a range of its CPUs. Microsoft is reportedly working with the company to develop a fix.
The kind of issues Kleinhans described only adds to the strength of the case against an immediate switch to Windows 11, especially for risk-averse businesses.
“Overall, the risks of early adoption are small and potentially manageable,” acknowledged Kleinhans. “However, I think most organizations don’t have a particularly compelling reason to rush this transition.”
“It’s better to let the OS mature a bit and polish off the roughest edges before putting too much effort into deployment.”
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