Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system (OS) worldwide, accounting for approximately 70% of the market during the first half of 2021. Windows 11, the latest version of this OS, became available on October 5, 2021.
The good news is that existing Windows 10 users can enjoy a free upgrade - as long as they have a compatible computer. While the general population is largely focused on the exciting new interface, what advantages does Microsoft Windows 11 offer its business users?
Here's our take on notable Windows 11 features to leverage for business productivity:
1. Enhanced Security
In an era of increasing reliance on technology, we are also exposed to greater cybersecurity threats and possible business disruptions. Microsoft Windows 11 provides improved cybersecurity for all users.
This latest version gets the most out of the now-required TPM 2.0 chip, and mandates that all machines running Windows 11 must include one of these chips.
Microsoft Windows 11 relies on the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as a “cryptoprocessor,” the central key to multiple security functions. The TPM 2.0 chip is tamperproof and embedded on the motherboard of endpoint devices.
For any company with multiple Windows 11 devices, the operating system is also designed for full integration with the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) controls and other cloud-run security policies, enhancing its modern management system for multiple devices.
Other security advantages of Windows 11 include:
- Robust and multi-layered application security
- Privacy controls for greater administrative oversight
- Secured identities for safe access to your company network
- Comprehensive cloud services designed for identity, storage, and access management
2. Microsoft Speech Services
Microsoft Windows 11 offers speech services that combine speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and speech-translation in one Azure subscription. The feature is easy to use: press the "Windows" logo + "H" keys and dictate your notes. You will also enjoy the improved voice recognition algorithm that will make taking notes a breeze!
3. Faster Updates
Nothing is more annoying and disruptive than having to stop your work so that your OS can update. With Windows 11, the update process runs much faster and in the background, which means no disruptions to your business productivity. You choose when and how to execute the latest Microsoft updates to protect your system from the latest security threats.
4. Easy Integration With Microsoft Teams
The increased adoption of the Anywhere Operations business model requires reliable teleconferencing capabilities and real-time collaborations across states and time-zones. Microsoft Teams is one of the leading cloud-based communications solutions offering chats, calls, and video conferencing capabilities. This application also works optimally with Windows 11. Furthermore, Microsoft Teams seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other apps, to facilitate effective collaboration during virtual meetings.
5. Battery Usage Data
More than ever with this pandemic, your team is likely working away from the office and often on-the-go. Microsoft Windows 11 offers detailed battery usage data for all applications on your computer. Everyone can now know which apps are taking a toll on their battery life and make the appropriate changes to better optimize battery life. When you have an optimally-powered laptop, it goes a long way to boost your business productivity.
Leverage Microsoft Windows 11 for Greater Business Productivity
Net Friends is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network and your trusted Microsoft Gold Partner. We offer a suite of high-performance IT services to manage the collaborative tools that boost your company’s growth. We will help you upgrade to Microsoft Windows 11 to reap these and other benefits, and streamline your operations for greater efficiency. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you maximize your business productivity and profit margin.
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