Windows 11

Windows 11 had a bad year: More links

I read lots of tech-related media (on top of lots of tech-related podcasts); it’s probably a holdover from my Windows marketing and product management days when it was important to stay on top of this stuff. Now, it’s my source of entertainment.

Not surprisingly, there’s been lots of Windows 11-related information posted over the past year. Searching back through it, I thought it would be useful to provide some links, with some key quotes and/or zingers from them (in no particular order):

Corporations start testing Windows 11 in bigger numbers. Good luck

Steve Kleynhans, research vice president of Digital Workplace Infrastructure and Operations at market researcher Gartner, told The Reg the numbers collated by Statcounter are in the “right ballpark” and where he’d expect them to be.

“Most businesses have avoided making any substantial move to Win 11 so far, waiting for the first significant update. Now that 22H2 has shipped and we have gotten past the year end, I see a lot of enterprises planning fairly quick uptake,” he said.

Gartner does a good job of consolidating feedback from customers, then sharing it with other customers. The most interesting part here is that this reads like guidance from many years back, i.e. wait for the first service pack.

Windows 11 still not winning the OS popularity contest

Adoption of Windows 11 is touted by some PC makers to drive a refresh cycle next year, with businesses generally holding off on deploying the latest OS until around 18 months after launch. 

Just wait, next year is the year — maybe that will be true, maybe it won’t. That’s a good topic for the next blog post…

More than 4 in 10 PCs still can’t upgrade to Windows 11

Lansweeper said 42.76 percent of the estimated 27 million PCs it tested across 60,000 organizations failed the CPU test, albeit better than the 57.26 percent in its last test a year ago. Altogether 71.5 percent of the PCs failed the RAM test and 14.66 percent the TPM test.

I can honestly say the biggest surprise in this article is that Lansweeper manages 27 million PCs. Who knew. But the percentages of machines that are failing hardware requirements for Windows 11 are shocking. I guess organizations are much bigger tightwads than I thought.

Microsoft debuts Windows 11 2022 Update – now with features added monthly

That sound you hear? Windows admins making sure this auto-update feature is completely, utterly, and irrevocably turned off on the devices they manage – because few businesses will welcome the sudden arrival of features, such as easier wireless content sharing.

Well, if only they could. For the first “moment” there weren’t any controls for preventing these new features, but there have been mentions that future moments may have a policies to control them.

Windows 11 Inches Closer to 25% Market Share in Latest AdDuplex Report

Windows 11 claimed a 23.1% market share in AdDuplex’s latest survey for June 2022. There was no new data last month, but Windows 11 had a 19.7% market share in AdDuplex’s April 2022 report, so we’re looking at a quite unimpressive 3,4% points progression in two months.

This looks a little better than the Statcounter numbers, but given the data is based on app store usage, it likely has its own skew.

Windows 11 One Year Later with Paul Thurrott

It’s worth listening to this RunAsRadio podcast episode — more takes on Windows 11.

Windows 11 22H2 Review: a Little of This, a Little of That

Windows 11 version 22H2 comes with a small selection of mostly minor updates, some of which are quite useful. The problem? Most of the functional regressions from Windows 11 version 21H2 are still present in this release. And that’s not what I expected to see one year after the feedback-free initial release of this platform. Worse, it’s now clear that Microsoft has little interest in cleaning up this mess of its own creation.

Ouch, maybe 22H2 isn’t the silver bullet. Ah well, there’s always 23H2 (which may or may not exist, per Zac Bowden) or “moments” that could show up any time (which you might be able to control in the future).

Quick Answer: Is It Time to Move to Windows 11?

The release of the Windows 11 2022 update signals that it is time for enterprises to introduce Windows 11 into annual update processes. I&O leaders should start with new PCs being purchased early in 2023, and then upgrade existing, compatible devices running Windows 10 21H2 or 20H2.

This is a subscription-only article, but the summary tells you enough. Signs of a better 2023 for Windows 11?

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