In October 2021, Microsoft launched their newest operating system, Windows 11. The new iteration of Windows features a new, clean design featuring a centred Start menu and taskbar. Alongside this, it also includes improved performance and functionality and upgrades to Teams, making it easier to communicate with remote working colleagues.

While the adage says, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”, the cost of putting off replacing hardware and software can far outweigh the savings made by operating on older systems. While Microsoft say that they will continue to provide security updates for Windows 10 until 2025, anyone in the legal profession would agree that it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Knowing what is coming up and preparing for it can save a lot of time, stress, and money.

 

Can your firm continue to use Microsoft Office with Windows 11?

It’s worth noting that Microsoft are withdrawing support overtime for all older Office versions and are encouraging users to use Office365. Office 2010, 2007 and 2003 have already been retired.    In real terms this means that older Office versions are will be less secure, making them easy fodder for cybercriminals. For law firms still using Microsoft Office, a lack of security patch updates creates a significant security risk for any information you contain on their systems. Additionally, failing to use up to date software could mean that if there is a GDPR breach, there could be hefty fines from the ICO.

Office365 offers the same functionality as older Office versions, with the additional benefits of regular patch updates and remote access, enabling remote workers to securely access, edit, and collaborate on documents away from the office.

 

How your law firm can make the switch.

Switching over to Windows 11 should be done as a part of your wider IT strategy as it can have an impact on 3rd party applications that your firm may use. While it may seem cost effective to attempt to do the switch in house, it is always advisable to speak to IT experts before making any changes to your operating systems. You may also need upgraded hardware to run Windows 11.

 

Does my firm have to upgrade to Windows 11?

Technically, no, law firms don’t have to upgrade. However, it’s always a good idea to be proactive when it comes to IT. While 2025 may feel like it’s a long way off, time can easily sneak up on you. So, the sooner you begin looking at making the change as a part of your IT strategy the better.

 

What do you need to start running Windows 11?

To run Windows 11, your device will need the following as a minimum:

  • At least a 1GHZ dual-core processor (we recommend Intel i5 as a minimum)
  • 4 GB of RAM (we recommend 8gb)
  • At least 64 GB of storage (we recommend 256gb as a minimum)
  • A graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver
  • 720p display, at least 9” diagonal size, with 8 bits per colour channel
  • TPM version 2.0
  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable firmware

Most recently purchased PCs and laptops should fit these requirements, but if you are unsure, just get in touch, and one of our team of experts will be able to advise you.

LP Networks are experienced in working with law firms of all sizes, helping them to stay cyber secure, providing staff training, and acting as a Managed Service Provider. If you have any questions about anything IT related, don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Call us: 0800 970 8980

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