Tomorrow, Microsoft will release Windows 10 to users everywhere. From a new start menu with updated search capabilities to a brand-new browser — Microsoft Edge — Microsoft hopes that Windows 10 will be innovative for home, business and enterprise users.
What’s most intriguing about this release is that Microsoft will be offering the upgrade free to current users of Windows 7 and 8.1 for the first year. In turn, this will have a huge impact on the IT industry.
Below are three items IT professionals should be aware of about the new Windows 10 system upgrade — and how to prepare for them.
- Installing updates
According to a recent Business Insider report, Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates without the option to shut off the service. “When you’re not using your computer, Windows 10 will automatically download those updates, install them and restart your computer. You can also schedule that restart for a convenient time. Other than that, there’s no option to turn down an update, where previous versions of Windows lets you pick and choose,” writes Matt Weinberger in the article.
Though this will add required time to the upgrading process and may bring additional headaches for remote users with consistent updates, these automatic updates will give your organization added data protection against cyber-attacks as well as one less thing to worry about.
As for Windows 10 Enterprise users, the Windows Software Assurance program will give more authority over scheduling updates on the organization’s devices. That way, IT professionals will have more flexibility and be able to match important updates with their schedules.
- Bugs in early release and future updates
Last month, Spiceworks conducted a survey of IT pros on Windows 10 and found that 67 percent “prefer to wait until initial bugs are fixed or until after the first service pack is released” before they would adopt a new OS.
Bugs in the system could disrupt workflow of employees and cause access issues with virtual desktop systems, among other problems. IT workers with up-to-date Windows 7 or 8.1 computers can evaluate whether their hardware or software is compatible for Windows 10 by clicking “Get Windows 10” in their notification area and then selecting “Check your PC.” This can help save headaches that early bugs may cause for devices that don’t meet the Windows 10 requirements.
In addition, according to TechRadar, Microsoft is planning Windows 10 updates for June 2016 and October 2016, which are “likely to be tweaks to the new OS for specific types of hardware and other improvements.” Again, it’s important for IT professionals to be aware of the new updates and how they might affect their networks and applications.
- User training
Windows 10 introduces new apps and upgrades — which means more training for the end user. From the new browser, Microsoft Edge, offering tools for enhanced web browsing to the updated Microsoft Cortana and Microsoft Office, there will be a learning curve that the IT department will have to deal with. But through GoToAssist remote support tools, like two-way screen sharing, session recording and annotation tools, training the user can be an easy process on both ends.
Businesses should be getting ready for the Windows 10 migration if they haven’t started already. Clearly, the more prepared you are, the smoother the transition will be.