As you have most likely heard Windows 10 is due to be released at the end of this month and either you are itching to upgrade the moment it is released, or you’re not quite sure what all this hype is about. So in this post we aim to give you a quick run-down of what you can expect and also some best practice guidelines to adoption and deployment in the workplace.
What Can I Expect from Windows 10?
- It will be released and ready to download on the 29th July 2015.
- The upgrade is free for those currently using Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.
- There will never be a Windows 11: as Microsoft are now adopting a subscription based service which has been described as Windows-As-A-Service. For more about what this means for your business, see the best practices section below.
- It will be the same OS across all devices: PC, tablets and mobile.
- Cortana will now be available across all devices.
- Windows 10 brings back the beloved Start button.
- No more Internet Explorer, Windows 10 brings with it a whole new internet browser: Microsoft Edge.
Best Practices for Windows 10 Deployment
Don’t upgrade immediately. Even though you may want to take advantage of your free upgrade on the 29th we recommend that you hold off for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if everyone in your office has ever tried to stream the same video at once you will know exactly how it can slow down your connection. With everyone attempting to upgrade at once, as well as millions of other people around the world, it is unlikely that your connection will be able to handle it. Secondly, this is a brand new OS and even though Microsoft have spent a lot of time and money on the Insider Programme to find and resolve bugs before its release, it will still not be perfect and upgrading could cause unanticipated inoperability issues. For example, there could be compatibility problems with some of your business critical programmes and applications or any custom settings and software. Ultimately, it’s best to take a cautious approach, test the update beforehand and plan a systematic deployment; plus it will be available as a free upgrade for a whole year anyway.
Turn off automatic updates. Similarly to the previous point, updates and improvements are intended to resolve bugs and issues but there is no way of predicting how it might affect other aspects of your IT. We advise turning off automatic updates and either getting clued-up on what the update will do or getting advice from someone who knows your systems before installing it. While it’s always best to download updates regularly it still requires administering to ensure that performance isn’t negatively affected.
Review your broadband connection. Windows 10 is packed full of new features to improve user experience and productivity, for example Continuum. This allows users to seamlessly move between devices and see programmes and files exactly as you last left them. These cross-device features are really useful but it means that your PC, laptop, tablet and phone all need to be able talk to each other which can only be done with a reliable internet connection. To make the most of Windows 10 we recommend that you review your internet connection, or at least turn off some of the extra features that are likely to slow down your internet.