Windows 11: the business world is not ready for the new operating system

Written by Guillaume
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As is often the case, it will probably take several years for companies to switch over to the new Microsoft OS.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 5, 2021, Microsoft will release its new operating system - Windows 11 - just over three months after officially presenting it to the public. This is an unusually short period of time for a new Windows, even if, historically, the delays between the first announcements, the first presentations and the actual release are very variable: 3 months for Windows 11, 10 in the case of its predecessor, Windows 10, and even several years for Windows 95 or Windows 7.

The fact remains that Microsoft's speed in bringing its new OS to fruition does not mean that users will adopt it just as quickly. Users will have to deal with the hardware requirements of a system that is particularly "selective", to put it politely. We have already mentioned the need for a recent processor (at least an 8th generation Intel Core), but also a reliable platform module (TPM) in version 2.0 and the Secure Boot function activated. To verify these points, Microsoft has deployed a software program - PC Health Check - which has already concluded that machines dating back to 2016 are not eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade. This may slow down the adoption of the OS by the general public.

That said, the biggest challenge for Microsoft is probably not on the side of individuals: even if they are rightly gnashing their teeth today, they are also the most inclined to upgrade their machines. In companies, the thing promises to be much more delicate and as if to prove it, the company Lansweeper has carried out a study to evaluate the number of Windows 11 compatible machines in more than 60,000 various organizations: in total, more or less 30 million devices have been analyzed and the results are not very good.

Relayed by Neowin, Lansweeper's study shows that 55.6% of machines in companies are not eligible for the Windows 11 update because of a processor defect. This is the first cause of non-compatibility, far ahead of a lack of RAM, which affects "only" 8.95% of the machines tested. The case of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a bit special: we know that 52.55% of company machines are "certified" for the others, the thing is more complex to judge knowing that it is possible to activate the TPM passthrough on many configurations.

The results presented by Lansweeper are not very good and it is expected that it will take several years for IT managers to make the switch to Windows 11. That said, Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025, and who knows, maybe it will extend things?