The first users of Windows 11 face a number of challenges that individuals and businesses should consider before making the switch, warned analyst firm Gartner.
Talk to TechToSee Pro more E-mailAnalyst Stephen Klenynhans explained that the level of risk associated with an early Windows 11 upgrade is relatively moderate, but sufficient to warrant consideration.
According to Klenyhans, potential issues can be broken down into three broad categories: user experience, software compatibility, and hardware support.
Over the next year, Microsoft will likely make a number of changes to the Windows 11 user experience based on feedback, Klenyhans said. Therefore, diving straight into the new operating system will potentially mean experiencing two learning curves.
Much of the user experience will also be defined by the software. Although few compatibility issues have been reported so far, many applications have not yet been fully optimized for the new operating system.
This could mean that some apps will receive updates over the next year to further adopt the look of Windows 11 and to take advantage of new features. Again, this could mean further disruption for users.
Finally, Klenyhans claims that early adopters are likely to encounter unexpected hardware compatibility issues, even if their devices adhere to the strict new System requirements for Windows 11.
No matter how much behind-the-scenes testing, when a new operating system is rolled out on a large scale, there are bound to be extreme cases of various hardware configurations that encounter unexpected issues, Klenyhans explained.
When should I upgrade to Windows 11?
While it is very tempting for businesses and regular users to jump right into Windows 11 to take advantage of the new features and performance improvements, all signs point to patience as a virtue in this context.
Aside from the potential risks mentioned by Klenyhans, there are various other issues that have already started to manifest themselves. For example, bugs are already starting to appear after launch; some users say they are experiencing poor Wi-Fi performance, some have found the start menu search feature to be broken, and others are experiencing slowdown caused by memory issues.
Last week, chipmaker AMD also announced that Windows 11 is causing substantial performance drops (up to 15%) on a range of its processors. Microsoft is reportedly working with the company to develop a fix.
The types of problems Kleynhans described only add to the strength of the argument against moving immediately to Windows 11, especially for risk-averse companies.
Overall, the risks of early adoption are low and likely manageable, Kleynhans conceded. However, I think most organizations don’t have a particularly compelling reason to rush this transition.
It’s best to let the operating system mature a bit and polish up most of the rough edges before you invest too much effort in the deployment.