Over the past few years, we have received feedback that our Windows 10 and Office 365 timeline graphics have been beneficial to those in the IT space, especially with the timelines being updated regularly. Now with the new OS of Windows 11, how does this change things going forward in terms of servicing? We've created a new graphic with the current Windows 11 and Windows 10 update policies, to show how this will affect enterprises going forward.
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On November 30th, 2021 Microsoft outlined its recommendations on how enterprises should move to Windows 11. In the document, the software giant states that "Windows 10 and Windows 11 are designed to coexist, so that you can use the same familiar tools and process to manage both operating systems. Using a single management infrastructure that supports common applications across both Windows 10 and Windows 11 helps to simplify the migration process. You can analyze endpoints, determine application compatibility, and manage Windows 11 deployments in the same way that you do with Windows 10."
Theoretically speaking, Wave Planning (also known as Windows Deployment and Ring Scoping) is an easy-to-understand concept: you divide your estate into different waves (or rings) and deploy them accordingly. For example, you might choose a careful approach and only put 5% of your IT team in a pilot 1 ring, and as soon as the new OS version is released, they will be the first ones migrated. Once that is complete, maybe you want to move the rest of your IT team and 5% of business unit end users (friendlies who volunteered) as part of a second pilot before going into a broader deployment.
Nov 29, 2021 7:20:00 AM / by Barry Angell
A few weeks ago, I walked you through the basics of planning a successful enterprise desktop migration to Windows 11 and while a lot of IT managers find that very helpful in a theoretical sense, it can be hard to translate that into a realistic project plan. Also, if you haven't managed a transformation project with Juriba's Workplace Automation platform, consisting of Dashworks, our migration management solution, and AppM, our automated application packaging and testing tooling, it can be hard to understand the potential automation opportunities!
Nov 4, 2021 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
After helping thousands of IT professionals with our Windows 10 Project Plan Template, we have now launched the Windows 11 version of this valuable resource. If you haven't already downloaded it, you can do so here. However, if you already have it, this article will explain what exactly it is and walk you through how to use it. We will also point you to further resources and talk about how they relate to the project plan.
Oct 22, 2021 7:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
With much drumroll, excitement, and to the surprise of many (you might remember the Windows 10 war cry "the last Windows ever"), Microsoft announced on June 24th, 2021 the launch of its brand-new Windows 11 operating system. It was officially released on October 5th, 2021 which coincided with the release of Windows 10 21H2 and Office 2021.
Many large organizations struggled to move their tens or even hundreds of thousands of users to Windows 10 and, subsequently, quickly abandoned any plans of upgrading twice a year. In fact, a lot of enterprises got stuck on Windows 1809 and are now racing to upgrade before losing support.
Oct 1, 2021 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Many of us still remember the initial migration to Windows 10 as somewhat painful (although nowhere as disastrous as the move to Windows 7). As usual, it was sold as an easy-peasy migration, but many enterprises struggled not only with the bigger than anticipated application readiness problems but also with the mandate to manage subsequent updates using a new IT management methodology, Windows Servicing. For many, this begs the question: "How will this migration differ from moving to Windows 10?"
Today, I want to try to answer that question, but the short answer is this: it won't be very much different from 7 to 10. That said, there are still some significant differences that you must consider when planning your migration process.
Aug 30, 2021 8:47:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Did you know that according to a Security Signals report for March 2021, more than 80% of enterprises said they have experienced at least one firmware attack in the past two years, but only 29% of security budgets are allocated to protect firmware? Outdated hardware is increasingly becoming a high-profile security vulnerability.
As if that wasn't enough cause to finally invest in strategically planned, ongoing Evergreen hardware refresh management, a 2019 Currys PC World study revealed that UK employees are wasting a whopping 46 minutes a day (or almost 4 hours a week) and losing productivity due to poor performance caused by their outdated hardware.
Aug 24, 2021 9:54:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Aug 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Last week we explored why so many enterprises are stuck on a particular Windows 10 version, 1809 to be exact. This situation is causing millions of enterprise users to run on an unsupported operating system which not only opens them up to possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities but also impacts their performance and productivity.
However, with the somewhat surprising announcement of Windows 11, many possible upgrade strategies have to be reconsidered — leaving many organizations asking which version they should upgrade to if they are currently stuck on Windows 10 version 1809, and whether or not they should consider Windows 11 at this point.