After updating its own professional PCs to its latest operating system, Microsoft came to a rather unsurprising conclusion: Windows 11 is good.
in a new blog postMicrosoft said it has now upgraded nearly all of its roughly 182,000 employees to Windows 11, saying there has been no increase in support tickets in the process.
Microsoft attributed the success of the deployment to the fact that there were far fewer application compatibility issues than in the past, there was no need to create a plethora of disk images, and that the processes and delivery tools had been significantly improved during the deployment of Windows 10. The update used a phased “ring-based” approach.
Windows 11 deployment
Microsoft said it identified which of its devices could be upgraded first, using its update compliance tool and Microsoft Endpoint Manager endpoint analysis, allowing the company to create a clear timeline for deployment.
Windows 11 has specific hardware requirements and a percentage of Microsoft’s devices have not been upgraded. Employees with these incompatible devices will continue to run Windows 10 in parallel, before getting a Windows 11 device on their next device refresh.
Microsoft said a total of 190,000 devices qualified for the upgrade and its upgrade process was 99% successful.
The company also explained the importance of preparing readiness content for its employees during the internal deployment process.
The software giant said that Yammer, FAQs, Microsoft SharePoint, E-mail, Microsoft Teamsits internal homepage and digital signage were some of the tools used to get the message out to its employees.
Microsoft said its communications team focused on promoting Windows 11’s new look and features, including the speed of the update and its flexible scheduling.
The news falls like adoption of Windows 11 by the market at large seems to evolve relatively slowly.
In March 2022, Windows 11 took just 0.1% market share over other editions of Microsoft’s software, accounting for 19.4% of overall usage, with an additional 0.6% using a version Windows 11 Insider.
It seems consumers should also be wary of installing and managing their own Windows 11 updates, as some cybercriminals seem to be seizing the opportunity to attack devices.
Security researchers have discovered a fake Windows 11 upgrade website that promises to offer free installation of Windows 11 for PCs that don’t meet the minimum specs, but install data theft instead malware.