As Windows 11 version 22H2 nears its mainstream release, Microsoft has released "guided simulations" of the latest version of Windows to help organizations and staff who might be hesitant to upgrade from stable Windows 10.
Windows 11 might be the future for the OS, but take up so far has been pretty gradual. Slow adoption is fine since Microsoft will support Windows 10 until October 2025, but Microsoft is trying to persuade enterprise customers that Windows 11 security enhancements make it worth upgrading – so long as their hardware meets the minimum requirements.
The "guided simulations of Windows 11 functionality" show IT pros and end users how similar Windows 11 is to Windows 10, and simulate how Microsoft deployed Windows 11 across its users.
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we've created guided simulations of Windows 11 functionality to help you, the IT pro, see the similarities with Windows 10 and show your employees how familiar the experience is," Microsoft says in a blogpost.
Microsoft's four simulations for deploying Windows 11 aim to: help familiarize employees with the OS pre-upgrade; demo cloud printer deployment with Universal Print; show the process of moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11; and demonstrate using Autopilot to deploy Windows 11. (Autopilot was a Windows 10 feature that handles device setups after an upgrade.)
These are "click-through simulations" that present IT pros and general employees with "the actual experience of Windows 11 and Microsoft cloud-based management tools."
In the simulations, there's Megan, the end user, and Allan, the IT pro.
"Allan deploys Windows 11 to new and existing company devices. He deploys Universal Print to move print infrastructure to the cloud. Megan receives a new device with Windows 11 and has an existing device upgraded to Windows 11. And she's able to print with Universal Print not only from her new devices, but also from her iPhone," explains Microsoft.
These simulations could help organizations see the value in upgrading to Windows 11.
Windows 11, version 21H2, was released in October 2021 and was designated for "broad deployment" in May – meaning Microsoft thought Windows 11 was stable enough for enterprise customers to deploy three months ago.
Windows 11 22H2 is due out around October and Microsoft hopes its simulations will boost the IT department's willingness to roll it out.
"When she signs into her device, Megan sees an improved, yet familiar, Windows user experience and instantly gets to work," the simulation says.
"Start is at the center of the taskbar and is easy for Megan to quickly find what she needs," it adds, then guides them to the taskbar to select Start, which shows Windows 11's new centre-aligned Start menu above the taskbar.