Analysts at Gartner have warned that early adopters of Windows 11 will face numerous obstacles, both individuals and businesses, before making the transition. Stephen Klenynhans said that an early Windows 11 upgrade carries a “relatively low” risk, but it is still significant enough to merit consideration.
The first category includes user experience concerns such as layout and design, as well as software compatibility issues.
The second category covers any problems with software compatibility or hardware support.
According to Klenyhans, Microsoft will make numerous changes to the Windows 11 user experience based on customer feedback over the next year.
As a result, moving straight into the new OS may lead to “potentially experiencing two learning curves.” The user experience will also be influenced by software.
Although few compatibility issues have been reported thus far, many applications have not yet been completely optimized for the new operating system.
“This could mean that some applications will be getting updates during the next year to adopt more of the look and feel of Windows 11, and to leverage new capabilities. Again, this could mean additional disruption for users.”
Finally, Klenyhans claims that early adopters are likely to encounter unexpected difficulties relating to hardware compatibility, even if their devices meet the rigorous new Windows 11 standards. “There will undoubtedly be corner cases of various hardware configurations that will have unforeseen issues when a new OS is rolled out widely,” he said.
When should I upgrade to Windows 11?
Although businesses and regular computer users may be eager to catch the new features and performance boosts that Windows 11 provides, all of the indicators suggest that patience will pay off in this scenario.
Setting aside Klenyhans’ concerns, there are several additional issues that have already begun to appear.
Bugs are already appearing after the release; some users report poor Wi-Fi performance, while others claim the Start menu search function is broken, and others complain of sluggishness caused by memory shortages.
Last week, AMD said that Windows 11 is causing significant performance losses (up to 15 percent) on a number of its CPUs. Microsoft is reportedly working with the firm to develop a solution. Kleynhans’ concerns only reinforce the argument for making an immediate move to Windows 11, which is stronger than ever.
“Overall, the risks of early adoption are small and likely manageable,” Kleynhans conceded. “However, I think most organizations don’t have a particularly compelling reason to rush this transition.”
“It is better to let the OS mature a little and have most rough edges polished off before investing too much effort in deployment.”
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