I'd like to know how everyone is handling the transition to Windows 11. Is the upgrade being approached purely as a feature update? Additionally, apart from the hardware prerequisites, have there been any specific challenges or difficulties you've faced during the process?

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VP of Engineering in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
We're taking a gradual approach.  We're a remove organization so most of our software is SaaS or cloud-based, so there are few people in the organization that require Windows, and those that do are typically about to age out of their equipment in the next year, and newer PC's should already be shipping with Win11.

My current and former employers are younger companies, and we've taken a BYOD approach to devices.  This means that it's more work on our end to ensure that all devices are patched and secure.  This means that we're less worried about forcing people or stopping people from keeping their systems pinned to some corporate-approved os list.

From personal experience, like every other past major OS release, anyone with any struggles on windows 10 will see worse performance with 11, as the OS itself is more resource hungry.  

There are also a great many systems out there with enough horsepower to install win11 but can't due to a much stricter and smaller list of CPU's Win11 supports vs the Win10 edition.

If you're trying to update an old fleet across a big enterprise, I feel for you.
Director of IT in Government, 10,001+ employees
We have 120,000 endpoints (laptop and desktop) across nearly 195 countries. Roughly 400+ sites.

Two years ago a power bi dashboard was built for “Hardware Hygiene” that created a single pane of glass of what was going to be the weakness’s. This was view shared with all. About that time hardware was procured, roughly 8-13 months later it was shipping to sites. A miss fire in January this year all were directed to upgrade, but that was rescinded.

Weekly the dashboard is updated. Weekly boots on ground at each site are updating the constraint of hardwares. Adjacently a pilot is running for work Windows 11 I think it has been reworked a few times to crack a code the required bare metal install. Recently a few New builds are getting windows 11.

Let’s face it every 5-7 years there is a rather disruptive build. XP to Windows 7. We where told with Windows 7 it would be the last disruption. All future “would be like a patch.” Was Windows 11 does not feel like a patch.
CISO in Software, 10,001+ employees
It is mainly about the declining support for Windows 10.
CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We started our migration to Win 11 around 12 months ago as part of our hardware refresh using InTune / Autopilot for remote deployment. So far no real show stoppers, most Win 7/10 applications run fine on Win 11 as long as specific drivers (CAD packages mostly) are available and loaded in your core deployment. We have piloted Win 10 to Win 11 as a 'feature update' using InTune and this has been pretty successful - we're just deciding whether to use this approach across the estate for Win 10 based devices with > 2 years asset life left - I think we probably will based on the success of the pilot project

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