It seems only yesterday we were replacing the last of the Windows 7 computers, but Microsoft released Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. If you have a new computer that shipped with Windows 11 that is fine, but if you are currently using Windows 10, which is still a robust and supported Operating System, Hybridge recommends you do NOT upgrade to Windows 11.
If you have lived through previous Windows version upgrades, you know that new major OS releases take over a year for the bugs to be worked out and feature gaps filled in. Several incompatibility and feature issues have been identified in Windows 11 and, while a big update was released in September, there are many outstanding bugs to be addressed.
Windows 10 will not be End-of-Life until at least October 14, 2025. That means this operating system is still supported by Microsoft, application vendors, and Hybridge, and that updates and security patches will be consistently released. If your computer is running Windows 10, we recommend you stay on that OS.
Ventura, Apple’s latest operating system, was released on October 25, 2022. The biggest current drawback to Ventura is that it “disables security software”. Apple is aware of the issue and will address the bug in a future release. The first bug update for Ventura has been released and the first feature-fix update (the “dot 1 release”) is currently in Beta. The earliest version we recommend upgrading to will be the first bug-fix release to the first feature-fix release, which for Ventura will be 13.1.1 which should be released in the 2nd quarter of 2023.
Since Monterey and Big Sur are still receiving security patches and critical updates, our recommendation is to stay on them until 13.1.1 (do keep applying security patches to them of course). Even then, if your Mac hardware is over 3 years old, we don’t recommend upgrading to Ventura ever.
For enterprise applications, you do NOT want to be on the bleeding edge: you want reliable, proven software on which to run your business. Feel free to experiment with the latest gadgets and technologies for your personal life but ensure your business can run smoothly on a secure platform.
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