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A Small Percentage Of Microsoft’s Own Employees Are Struggling With Upgrading To Windows 11 Due To Hardware Requirements

In a mildly humorous turn of events, even employees at Microsoft themselves seem to be struggling with upgrading to Windows 11.

Microsoft always attempts to upgrade all staff working computers and other devices to the latest version of the company’s software products whenever publicly available. Of course, part of this is just good marketing sense; making a big show of upgrading your staff’s tech gadgets for free is the sort of publicity that most corporations attempt to gun for. The other part of this is just avoiding bad publicity. The amount of ridicule Microsoft would have to endure over having employee devices running on older tech, even as they coerce consumers into upgrading, would have been priceless. At any rate, the employee upgrades happened, and the company states it took them record time to do so. All staff products were running on Windows 11 in a matter of five weeks, which is impressive timing for a company with over 190,000 employees. Of course, however, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, as Microsoft ran into the same problem that its customers have been ranting about for a month or so.

While the company claims that 99% of all upgrades were successful, it also admits to failure over certain devices that simply didn’t meet the required hardware needed to run Windows 11. This is a problem that many Windows users have themselves been complaining about for weeks, since no one’s going to go buy a new laptop just because the old one can’t upgrade to a better software. Upgrading to a new OS is always a massive hassle, and takes time. Many people refuse to do so for years; the market share for Windows XP dominated Windows 7 and Vista for years before the tides turned in the favor of 7. If upgrading requires that devices have strict hardware compulsions to follow through on, then why would anyone wish to go through the unnecessary effort? Windows 10 seems to be working well for the nonce.

If hardware requirements are limiting enough that the company’s own employees couldn’t access Windows 11, then perhaps some degree of introspection is warranted. Well, at least the software upgrade is free. Unless a user doesn’t have Windows 10, in which case, I’m sorry.


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