Who, exactly, did Microsoft create Windows 11 for? Only those who want taskbars that are centred? Only those who are willing to “unlearn” how to use task manager?
Perhaps so, but I’d argue that Windows 11 was not created with you and me in mind. It was created for the corporations, governments, schools, and other organizations with which we deal. It was created with the goal of keeping sensitive data safe.
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To begin with, Windows 11 has enabled Microsoft to abandon the 32-bit platform. Windows 11 will be the first Windows operating system to be exclusively 64-bit. This enables Microsoft to include more virtualization and containerization security measures that would be impossible to implement on the 32-bit architecture.
Virtualization-based security does not imply that you are running Hyper-V and a virtual machine; rather, it refers to the use of virtualization-related technologies in Windows 10 and 11 that help the operating system isolate processes. Because of the virtualization features in Windows 10 and 11, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is the best option for dealing with operating system updates and the ability to handle Credential Guard, Application Guard for Office, and Sandbox.
Furthermore, the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 requirement assures that you have a crypto processor on your motherboard or CPUs. By securing the encryption keys created by your computer, hardware-level encryption safeguards your device and the data stored on it. It ensures that the encrypted drives remain encrypted and that malware is unable to access the fingerprint information stored on your laptop.
The TPM 2.0 mandate ensures that more powerful crypto algorithms can be used in the future, as well as future security features. Microsoft’s upcoming Pluton security processor, which will ship with select Windows PCs in 2022, supports TPM 2.0 and includes Secure Hardware Cryptography Key (SHACK) technology, which, according to the company, “helps ensure that keys are never exposed outside the protected hardware, even to the Pluton firmware itself.”
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What Microsoft has failed to express is why these rules exist, and it doesn’t help that Windows 11 was promoted to consumers first. While we lament the fact that we can’t officially run Windows 11 on our PCs because we don’t have the required processor (and consider circumventing the hardware restrictions), we can all agree that we’d like our banks to have these safeguards. Consider all of the organizations that have been impacted by ransomware; you’d want each and every one of them to be employing as much security as possible to protect themselves.
There’s No Need To Rush Into Installing Windows 11
Despite this, most wise firms will wait at least a few months, if not longer, before implementing Windows 11 in production. Businesses should test Windows 11 but not deploy it at this time.
That’s because, unlike in the past, Microsoft now views Windows releases to be the moment at which it begins servicing the platform, rather than releasing a fully functional OS. For example, Microsoft’s Insider programme is currently testing a number of Windows 11 bug fixes, including “an L3 caching issue that may affect performance in some applications on devices with AMD Ryzen processors after upgrading to Windows 11,” as well as “a race condition that occurs during the early part of startup that may cause a stop error.” This “continuous fix” method may irritate us old-timers, but it demonstrates that practically the entire operating system can now be easily and swiftly upgraded and fixed via the Windows update process.
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Windows 11 is, in my opinion, a long-term investment in the future – a more secure future for enterprises, not necessarily a consumer-friendly platform. As consumers, we are increasingly utilising a variety of platforms. Prior to the pandemic, I had numerous employees in the workplace who didn’t have a laptop at all and relied on Android tablets or iPads for their everyday digital needs. Even Amazon promotes its latest Fire tablet as a work tool when paired with a keyboard and a 12-month Microsoft 365 Personal subscription.
In the end, it’s fine if the majority of my home computers aren’t capable of running Windows 11. I may be using new technology for my home computing needs by 2025. However, by 2025, I want my business and the firms with which I engage to be using devices that are safe from ransomware and other dangers. The status quo cannot be maintained.
So don’t worry if your computer isn’t capable of running Windows 11. That’s fine; neither do I. However, I intend to have my business computers support it one day, and I hope that the companies with which I do business do as well.
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