On December 13, Microsoft ended support for Windows 10, version 21H1. This was the last update for Windows 10. If it's up to Microsoft, the update will be followed by a move to Windows 11. Does that sound like much more than an update? That's it. 5 questions and answers about this.
- Transfer? Why not update?
You can say a bit cynically: a day without updating Windows 10 is a day wasted. The average professional is quite busy updating and updates are always offered when it's not convenient. But it is necessary, because it is part of sensible Cyber Security policy.
Every 39 seconds a cyber-attack is carried out somewhere. With ransomware, this is even every 14 seconds. A cat-and-mouse game where a threat that has been spotted must be neutralized as quickly as possible. For example with a Security patch. Here is the necessity, hence the high frequency.
- Why is Windows 10 no longer compliant?
You could say, 'keep on with those updates. I'll keep updating Windows 10 as long as I can." But that doesn't work after a while. If the source code of an operating system becomes obsolete due to obsolete code, it still becomes a popular target for attacks.
Sticking a stopper on top of it every time just doesn't work anymore. Recall that Windows 10 was released in 2015. It was a lot easier back then to arm yourself against online misery.
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- Windows 11 is for working now
Compared with Windows 10 is Windows 11 an advancement in design. In 2022, working from home is very normal and that means often changing workplace, screen and setup. You can change the same laptop less quickly with Windows 10 than with Windows 11. It stutters and takes longer before all settings are correct.
And then you miss the add-ons that are standard in Windows 11. For example, a pretty handy video editor, easier layout of screens and useful apps for news, weather and alerts. You can set that up a lot faster with Windows 11. And that regardless of whether you plug in at home or at work.
- It's all about Cyber Security
At 3 you read about easier working and the improved overview. But that is mainly 'window dressing.' The biggest plus is the greatly improved Cyber Security. Much needed and it must be said; Microsoft has done its best.
The most important achievement here is the TPM, which we wrote about earlier. This Trusted Platform Module is in fact a chip in which operations are performed encrypted, data can be stored for cyber security and processes can be executed in a shielded environment. In this way, hardware makes software more secure.
- You can always go back
Maybe not the strongest reason, but fair is fair. If you want to go back, Windows offers you every opportunity to go back to 'good old' Windows 10. If all goes well, that won't happen. Windows checks your system first before installing Windows 11.
If the system requirements are in order, only then will the switch begin. So don't hold back for that reason. But we still prefer to look at the profit you make with a switch to Windows. You will have the latest update for Windows 13 around December 10. From that moment on, the operating system will become outdated and cyber security will stagnate. When it comes to workplace security, standing still is going backwards.
Our advice is not to wait and see what that means in practice. Once you get used to Windows 11, you won't want to go back. We think not at all your system administrator and Cyber Security expert.