Windows 11 is coming for the future of mixed work


Microsoft recently announced Windows 11, the first major overhaul of the operating system in more than six years. The free upgrade, available to users in late 2021, comes on the heels of Microsoft's 2021 Business Trend Index, which confirms that hybrid business is here to stay.

With Windows 11, Microsoft aims to support businesses as they usher in a new era of business.

High-security requirements

Remote working has exposed organizations to increased security risks, with 74 percent of security leaders reporting more attacks since the pandemic began. In an effort to be proactive about protection, Windows 11 requires that devices have a TPM 2.0 chipset.

Microsoft has asked device manufacturers to support TPM chips. But the chip must be activated to run Windows 11. TPM chips are hardware components that store device and network encryption keys. It provides an additional layer of security at the firmware level. It overrides the basic username and password. Although TPM is useful. But organizations should keep in mind that these tools only protect devices locally.

And organizations still have to take advantage of other security technologies such as firewalls, antivirus software, multi-factor authentication, and security monitoring to keep their organizations fully protected.

Microsoft introduced the Windows operating system more than 30 years ago, and many companies are still using older operating systems across older devices, even after OS support has ended.

For some organizations, their technology is very outdated and scalable. It is expected that there will be a huge wave of investment in hardware over the next five years by those who are motivated to acquire Windows 11.

Cloud Services via Windows 11

Cloud services are essential to enabling a remote and hybrid workforce. Rather than relying on on-premises software, the cloud allows users to access their data on any device, anywhere. Recognizing this cloud-based reality, Microsoft positions Windows 11 as the interface between the user and the cloud. The new system seamlessly interacts with cloud platforms and services as a front end instead of a web browser.

And with the full suite of Microsoft tools available, all developers can now build and deploy apps seamlessly across any cloud for any device. This was not easy on older Windows operating systems. Similar to the way Photoshop acts as a one-stop-shop for design work from start to finish. Windows 11 acts as a one-stop-shop for development work.

In addition, Android apps are available to run on Windows 11 through the new Microsoft Store. Previously, Windows only supported applications that were created specifically to run on Windows. And by allowing users to run Android apps across their devices. Windows 11 expands the gateway to the cloud and other technology platforms and takes its ecosystem to the next level.

Clearly, Microsoft wants to enable organizations to create custom applications that are more easily accessible across Windows 11 and every other platform.

Support hybrid communication and collaboration

In addition to improved access to the cloud, Windows 11 has many new and improved features that simplify hybrid work. Most of the changes focus on improving communication and collaboration, which is a major challenge for remote and hybrid operations. More useful new features for hybrid organizations and workers include:

  • Microsoft Teams integration: Windows 11 gives users free, integrated access to the Microsoft Teams app for chatting, screen sharing, and video functions via the taskbar. And unlike competing operating systems, Microsoft Teams will not have cross-device or platform restrictions. This means that users can communicate with anyone who also has the Microsoft Teams app regardless of whether they are using iOS, Android, Mac, or any other operating system. Considering that Microsoft Teams users have seen a 148 percent increase since February 2020, the free availability of all Windows 11 users results in easier connectivity as well as time and cost savings.

  • The enhanced functionality of Azure Virtual Desktop: Changes made to Azure Virtual Desktop give users more secure access to a fully managed Windows 11 desktop experience from any device or location. This means a seamless work experience across organizations and personal devices. Business leaders can be confident that security settings are in place across personal devices.

Technology providers have the opportunity to streamline operations remotely, and Microsoft appears to be doing just that. By providing support for the most important priorities of organizations, Windows 11 plays an important role in facilitating the future of work.


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