Should you update to Windows 11?

A brand new, significantly changed operating system available now, but should you upgrade? Windows 11 was released in October of this year, and although it looks like a significant improvement in terms of user interface there are still reasons why you should potentially hold off on upgrading the operating system on your workplace computers.

Moving to, or upgrading to a new operating system such as Windows has a reputation for potentially being a buggy mess. Most new operating systems only become fully stable in terms of usability around a year after the initial release when most PC users will then upgrade. But why is this the case with new operating systems?

When you think about an operating system for your computer, it is like the backbone software that holds everything together, so when something goes wrong you almost definitely notice. When a new operating system is released, it also means that a number of apps or pieces of software that you have been using were designed for the previous software system, and therefore they may run into many bugs or glitches as they have not yet been fully updated to be 100% compatible with the new operating system. Performance is also a major issue for new operating systems, you therefore may find that your computer runs slower than you are used to. This is because of the lack of updates and optimization that happens over time during an operating systems lifecycle. This is usually between 4 and 8 years with windows 10 being released back in 2015.

Having tried windows 11 myself on a home computer I do admit it is a significant upgrade in looks, however don’t let that tempt you to upgrade at work. As well as the reasons above, one of the main concerns of a new operating system in its early lifecycle is the vulnerabilities in terms of security. Like the performance issue, less updates mean less reinforcements to security which will be exploited by hackers and cyber criminals attempting to find weaknesses in the newly released windows 11.

Our advice is to wait a while longer and then reap the benefits of Microsoft’s latest operating system in the future when updates and the industry have caught up.