If your company wants to move to Windows 10 then you might want to call the IT department for a meeting. Windows 10 will be adding new updates every 4 months to keep the service top notch.
According to Stephen Kleyhans, VP of Mobile and Computing Group at Gartner Inc, IT pros should be focused on testing Windows 10 with groups within their company that are quite prone to change.
Gartner insists that organizations should set up pilots with sets of end users. In order to do that, they need to identify which employees need more stability and those who can test more.
Kleyhans wasn not suggesting that companies should get Windows 10 as soon as possible, but that they start thinking about the future of the operating system.
Windows 7 might be gone by the end of January 2020, so they need to think about the new Windows and the hardware required to maintain the new system.
Microsoft made the transition to a continuous update model which already exists in one of its patches. Feature updates will be different from security updates and they will be applied once every four months with certain fluctuations, of course.
Microsoft is going to deliver Windows 10 updates based on three service-branch models: for consumers, for business (CBB) and long-term servicing branch. Kleyhans estimated that the majority of organizations will use the CBB model, just as expected, and current users will be prompted to update in the following months.
The CBB release will be delayed for another 4 months from now and, once downloaded, users will be able to impede any unwanted updates for eight full months.
Companies have one year in total to adjust to the CBB branch. The long-term service branch users can opt for no updates at all, but Kleynhans points aut that this is something that aids certain companies with their work.
Consumer PCs with the hardware that Windows 10 requires are going to start shipping this month. However, there are a lot of new interesting features and gadgets that will have to wait until september or a little longer.
Kleynhans gave the example of Windows Hello, a security feature, and the Cortana personal assistant. These are tools that Windows 10 uses but they need specific equipment that will later on be shipped.
Also, enterprise machines will ship later than the consumer ones, probably somewhere near the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2017.
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