Windows 11 Professional, a smooth migration for CIOs

What are the big new features of Windows 11 Professional?

Accelerated by the pandemic, the digital transformation within companies is underway. The improvements to Windows 11 Professional move in this direction and aim to facilitate collaboration, support users’ productivity and most importantly enable them to work with a secure tool whether they are in the office, at home or on the road. † The developments are particularly ergonomic, with a centered start menu and the extensive Snap Assist (multi-window management) that offers more options. There is also a significant increase in security with the integration of Microsoft 365 and the need to have a PC equipped with a TPM 2.0 chip.

One of the big developments concerns Microsoft Teams, can you tell us more about it?

With Windows 11 Professional, Microsoft Teams is integrated by default. The collaboration tool is therefore immediately available and the commands are more accessible. Again, the goal is to simplify usage, task sharing, document presentation, microphone control, or others…everything is accessible from the taskbar. We know that users are spending more time on Teams, so these improvements will have a real impact on productivity.

In December 2020, the weekly time Teams users spent in meetings was up 144% from February 2020.*

Teleworking, professional life, personal use… Is Windows 11 pro the operating system for flexibility?

Absolute ! When we are in hybrid work, home and office, from time to time we will use our professional PC to do personal things. Being able to separate the two through two dedicated virtual desktops is one of the great new features of Windows 11 Professional. Another example with Teams. There is a professional version and a personal version of the collaboration tool. Now both versions can communicate with each other.

With this new work organization, cyber attacks are targeting companies en masse. Has Windows 11 Professional also evolved at this level?

Definitely, Windows 11 Professional fits the Zero Trust trend and is designed to secure both the hardware and software environment. Security is a big issue for Microsoft, which has developed a chip-to-cloud security chip called Pluton. This chip is integrated into new generations of PCs in collaboration with manufacturers and offers additional protection against cyber attacks. Among other things, it makes it possible to receive firmware updates directly via Windows Update. Of course, it supports the essential TPM 2.0 to activate security systems such as Windows Hello and Bitlocker for the protection of identities and data. Cyber ​​attacks can occur when installing a new application. In Windows 11 Professional, the store is completely secure and offers all the apps and software that professionals need, including Android apps.

What other measures can the CIO use to secure the hybrid work environment?

IT teams also need flexibility. The integration of Microsoft 365 is a real advantage for IT management that can act remotely. This is essential because employees no longer all sit together at the same time and in the same place. By going through the cloud and through Windows Autopilot, the DSI can act in real time at the slightest warning: remote repair, reset, remote locking, personalized encryption parameters, configuration of security policies … In short, each workstation can be monitored remotely .

An OS update is always a stressful moment for an IT department, do you have any advice for serenely deploying Windows 11 Professional in a company?

Indeed, implementing software on a fleet can lead to some stress. With Windows 11 Professional, the CIO can be reassured. Indeed, firstly, the update is very simple and is done directly through Windows update.

99.7% of software that ran on Windows 10 also runs on Windows 11 Professional.

There is little chance of incompatibilities. However, the administrator can test the operating system on one workstation before migrating to all workstations. Finally, we can have a heterogeneous fleet in a company without the slightest problem, as long as the workstations under Windows 10 can work together with updated workstations.

Companies can also turn to service providers such as to perform the migration?

For companies that don’t have the resources in-house or want to relieve their technical teams of this part, offers to deploy new workstations configured according to the requirements and constraints of the company. By using Windows Autopilot, can do remote deployment very easily. The tool also allows us to integrate remote employees. As for the implementation of new machines, we propose to create a standard image and integrate it into the new workstations before sending them to the end user. Another option: get the machine’s unique identifier and integrate it into the customer’s Autopilot tool. So when the end user receives their new PC, the implementation and integration with the customer’s console is done from scratch.

*The Work Trend Index survey, January 2021.

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