Just like that unappreciated and overworked laborer made famous in the old Bob Seger song, it’s not surprising that many IT pros feel like a number. Coping with the ordinary day-to-day demands of a crucial and challenging job combined with the extraordinary burdens caused by a tech landscape changed by the pandemic, IT pros have a lot on their plate. If you don’t feel like a number now, you will soon, because of a new number: Windows 11.
Microsoft will officially announce Windows 11 on Thursday, although the tech giant has been pretty much tight-lipped on everything about it. Even the Windows 11 name hasn’t been made official, although that is just a formality — Microsoft has already dropped plenty of hints that will be the name, including a YouTube tease that runs exactly 11 minutes. The important stuff for IT pros — price, when Windows 11 will be released, will it be an SaaS subscription model only — is still to come.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 15, 2021
Some leaks purporting to be Windows 11 have appeared on various tech sites, including The Verge and PC World, but there’s not much of great interest to the IT pros who will have to implement the update. The leaks show a zippier interface with changes to the Taskbar, Start menu (oh no, not again!), new icons, new wallpapers, and new startup sounds. Your end-users will be impressed — and maybe apprehensive — but the real information you need about Windows 11 will be released in the coming weeks and months.
We do know this: Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 in October 2025, so the clock is ticking. And for IT admins who have been through the Windows new version upgrade grinder before, they can only hope Windows 11 won’t be like another old song: “Nothing but Heartaches.”
If you want to watch the big announcement, Microsoft will live stream it beginning at 11 a.m. (another name hint!) Eastern time on Thursday. TechGenix will have coverage of Windows 11 after the official Microsoft announcement.
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