Businesses are “adopting Windows 11 faster than previous versions,” said Microsoft CEO Who, speaking on the company’s earnings call

The data from Steam Hardware and Software Survey suggest that gamers are migrating to Windows 11 at a steady pace, but not as fast as they were with Windows 10 a few years ago.

It’s easy to interpret these results as an indictment of Windows 11, which has caused some controversy with its relatively strict (and often poorly explained) security-oriented system requirements. At least part of this slow adoption is due to these system requirements (many PCs Steam surveyed are unlikely to be able to install Windows 11). This may be due to users having an older, unsupported processor or having one or more of the required security features disabled. Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 firmware have often been disabled by default on newer motherboards for many years.

In general, the introduction of Windows 11 seems to be slower than that of Windows 10.

But for companies that have historically been finicky about making change, the situation isn’t the same. At least according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said during the third-quarter 2022 earnings conference call that companies are “adopting Windows 11 faster than previous versions”:

“Now let’s move on to Windows. The PC has never been so relevant for work, life and leisure. As the number of use cases increases, so does the time spent on the PC. Over 100 million PCs have shipped in each of the last eight quarters, and Windows continues to be a part of that. With Windows 11 we continue to see the highest quality scores of all versions of the operating system. And businesses are adopting Windows 11 faster than previous versions. With Windows 365, we’re bringing the power of Azure computing to Windows PCs, enabling companies like Lands’ End, SES and Xerox to deliver the full Windows experience to any employee device. New integrations between Windows 11 and Windows 365 allow you to switch between a cloud PC and a local PC with a single click. And we continue to help organizations like AIG, Grant Thornton and Sage migrate their on-premises virtualization services to the cloud with Azure Virtual Desktop.”

That’s just one of the highlights of a wildly positive earnings report for Microsoft, which showed revenue of $49.4 billion (up 18% year-on-year) and net income of $16.7 billion (up 8% year-over-year). reported. Year).

Nadella didn’t elaborate on how quickly Windows 11 was being adopted in enterprises or what led to faster adoption, although we can speculate. Microsoft’s security-focused system requirements for Windows 11 were designed for businesses, and many of these requirements (including Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 support) have already been deployed and deployed more consistently across all systems and uses professional PCs than in consumer models. Windows 11 is also similar to Windows 10 in the way it deploys and manages the operating system.

Nadella discussed the use of Windows by individuals:

“For consumers, Windows is essential to organize our content and services in a way that helps everyone with their daily tasks, from browsing and researching to learning, playing and shopping, all with security and privacy. integrated. We’re seeing strong engagement with nearly 500 million monthly active users of our personalized content feed, Microsoft Start. As usage continues to grow, we see a momentum forming between content, consumption and commerce as we create new opportunities for content creators as well as advertisers. And our Microsoft Edge browser is growing in popularity as we help people save money and shop safely.”

Business seduction of professional users

Microsoft tried to seduce professional users during a “Windows event” where the company talked about new features and improvements for Windows 11, among other things. Here are some items that Microsoft has highlighted:

Windows Autopatch: Windows Autopatch was introduced as a feature of Windows Enterprise E3, enabling IT pros to do more for less. This service automatically keeps Windows and Office software up to date on enrolled devices at no additional cost. Microsoft believes IT administrators can save time and resources to add value.

Wangui McKelvey, General Manager, Microsoft 365commented as follows:

“With Autopatch, IT can find the right balance between deployment speed and stability through a rolling ring deployment. It helps you stay current while protecting endpoints against threats and increasing productivity by introducing new features with minimal friction and risk. When problems arise, they don’t become outages – the service can stop and even roll back updates, which means we’re here for you. Windows Autopatch will be available in July 2022 as part of the Windows E3 offering.”

Improve communication with targeted messages in Windows 11: Windows 11 comes with a new communications feature that enables IT to send targeted organizational messages directly to users across multiple interfaces, such as the desktop, the lock screen, or just above the bar. Imagine being able to share helpful messages about onboarding new employees or reminders of important training that might otherwise get lost in emails. From the Endpoint Manager admin center, IT can create messages, provide custom links or URLs, configure display frequency and of course define the target user set for the message based on integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Remote Help: As the name suggests, Remote Help aims to allow helpdesk professionals to view and/or take control of users’ PCs in order to provide them with assistance. Remote help is not free. This is the first in a series of upcoming paid “add-ons” for Endpoint Manager. Microsoft will roll them out individually as optional add-ons to Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscriptions that include licenses for Microsoft Intune.

Sometimes controversial decisions

Microsoft has sometimes annoyed business users of Windows 11 with its decisions. For example, in February, the company announced a change of direction in an informational note by announcing that Windows 11 Pro would now require an internet connection and a Microsoft account to begin initial installation. After this step the creation of a local account would be possible.

A local account requires you to provide a username and optionally a password to use your Windows 10 compatible device offline. This type of account is better for confidentiality, as it avoids, for example, all data related to one’s life and online activities being transferred to a company’s servers. However, it is specific to a single device and offers fewer guarantees, especially in terms of security, than an online account, which opens access to additional synchronized services such as OneDrive cloud storage and applications Office on the web.

Source: Transcript of call to investors

And you?

Which operating system do you use professionally and/or privately?
What do you absolutely think of Windows 11? More or less interesting than Windows 10?
If you’re using an earlier version of Windows, why didn’t you take the plunge? Do you plan to do this?

See also:

Windows has lost 17% of its market share, falling from 90.96% in 2013 to 73.72% today, in the face of increasing competition from other operating systems such as Ubuntu or Linux Lite
Windows 11: Microsoft even requires TPM 2.0 for virtual machines running on its operating system, which is therefore no longer compatible with Oracle VirtualBox virtual machines
Windows 11: Microsoft unveils upcoming features and experiences likely to interest business users
Windows 11 Pro now requires an internet connection and a Microsoft account to initiate the initial installation process: the debate between local account and Microsoft account is on the table

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