PC users are getting more options! Below are some details on recent and upcoming releases from Microsoft and what users of Sage 50 CA versions 2021 and upcoming 2022 (more details still to come) can expect.
Windows 11: What can Sage 50 CA users expect?
What we know so far is that Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the general public on October 5, 2021. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, released in 2015 and will be available as a free upgrade to compatible Windows 10 devices through Windows Update.
Windows 11 will not officially be supported as per the system requirements (see KB 107221) Sage 50 CA versions 2021 and 2022.0 . The system requirements for running Windows 11 on most systems will be quite high, meaning most users will not be able to install it on their PCs. My colleague @Dmaster looked into the stipulations and noted that TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and a m.2 slot for system boot drive will be required or until Microsoft changes their system requirements. Here's their latest update.
Windows 11 will optimize your workflow among peripheral devices. It's snappy and responsive and packed with performance enhancements.
Windows 365: What is it? Why is it exciting? What can Sage 50 CA users expect?
Our support teams have met recently to discuss Windows 365 which is a cloud PC that you stream, customize and access from anywhere with an internet connection. You can access this cloud PC from any of your devices (an old Android phone, Chromebook or Mac). Very exciting!
At the present time, Sage 50 will work as long as it's run on Windows 10. Once Windows 11 is made available on the Windows 365 platform, Sage 50 CA versions 2021 and 2022.0 will not officially be supported as per the system requirements (see KB 107221).
We expect networking capabilities to work as long as the Microsoft subscription type allows peer to peer connectivity. You must verify this with Microsoft. Note that trials of Windows 365 have been paused due to high demand.
Use of Windows 365 will allow you to easily provision cloud PCs for testing, validation and deployment which can run on any hardware with a modern browser.
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