The launch of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 11, brings a batch of new features and capabilities that aim to help small and medium-sized businesses improve operations, from security improvements to an easier way to implement multiple desktops and fewer future OS updates.
Although multiple solution providers have told CRN that they dread the conversation with SMB clients on migrating to the new operating system, some have praised the new design of Windows 11, the focus on security and making some Windows 10 functionality easier to implement.
Bobby Guerra, CEO of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Microsoft partner Axiom, told CRN in an interview that the forced security upgrade will make that part of the conversation easier with clients.
“A lot of businesses underestimate the importance of that, especially from a compliance perspective,” Guerra said. “It‘s just really nice knowing that that’s going to be a requirement now because it’s a crapshoot on a (Windows) 10 (device) whether the client has encryption on, whether they have the capability of even doing encryption. So the fact that they’re drawing the sand, the line in the sand is greatly appreciated.”
Jared Cheney, regional vice president of technology services for North America at SoftwareONE — a Switzerland-based Microsoft partner with American offices that include Chicago and New York and and a member of CRN’s Elite 150 managed service providers — told CRN in an interview that one of the key features Windows 11 brings for his company’s smaller clients is a embedded Teams experience.
“Rather than necessarily building an entire app, you can just land those in Teams and have them desktop accessible, which is probably going to be a big thing,” he said. “A lot of the customers that are using Dynamics a bit heavier, if they‘ve already integrated Teams, it just makes it that much easier to push in.”
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