Windows 10 is here and there are many opinions about when enterprises will adopt it. The question is not will they adopt windows 10, that is inevitable, but when. With the countdown to end of support for Windows 7 already started, the runway to migrate to Windows 10 will continue to get smaller.
CIO.com posted an article on the “10 Windows 10 migration issues you need to consider” and we have provided the cliff notes version here along with some commentary from our experts.
#1. The clock is ticking on Windows 7
January 2020 sounds like a long way off, but IT Pros know that migrating an entire enterprise to a new OS is a monumental task that requires a strategy and planning. Better to start sooner than later.
#2. Windows 10 is (almost certainly) more secure
We hope so, but Windows is still one of the biggest targets for hackers and other malicious types.
#3. Windows 10 may make mobile computing more attractive
One of our larger customers is planning the move to Windows 10 this year to provide a single OS across all their devices, including tablets. Managing a single OS across PCs, laptops, and tablets provides standardization, one of enterprise IT’s favorite words.
#4. Uncertainty over Windows Phone means the value of universal apps is questionable
AdminStudio 2015 is ready for universal apps, even if the enterprise isn’t.
#5. Migrating from 7 to 10 is likely to be much easier than the move from XP to 7.
Maybe for the home user, but in the enterprise the complexities of the computing environment, the demands of end users, and the need for stability of critical systems will be making many CIOs nervous.
#6. Application and hardware incompatibilities won't be a big issue
Microsoft has said this for most every release, and they are getting better, but they have also been marketing Windows 10 heavily to the consumer market. The enterprise has a much more complex web of interconnected systems and users, spanning continents that is driving their businesses and what CIO is going to hope for the best and assume Windows 10 compatibility won’t be an issue??
Just days before the release, reports of Windows 10 compatibility issues began to circulate; Windows 10 Compatibility: Clash of the Driver Titans
#7. Windows 10 changes the way the operating system is updated
Windows 10 marks a shift to a more dynamic OS with both security and feature updates being delivered on a more frequent basis. Experts recommend automating the Application Readiness process and including regular testing of OS updates.
8. It may not be as easy as it seems to decline feature updates
#9. There are still some known unknowns
Microsoft has yet to release information about application management and the app store. Choosing an enterprise app store like App Portal from Flexera Software enables a single user shopping experience regardless of the client and mobile deployments systems used to manage client devices. After all it is about the users.
10. The Windows 10 migration may be the last
We can only hope, but enterprises that create repeatable and automated Application Readiness processes to quickly prepare, test, and deploy applications, new releases, and OS updates, will have a much soother time and can actually keep up with Microsoft. Bring it on.