Windows 10 – What Do Businesses Need to Consider?

Recently the IT industry has seen the release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system (OS). Therefore businesses and organisations will eventually need to move their PC operations from Windows 7 or 8.1, to Windows 10. As with each new Windows release, this means either deciding to upgrade or purchase new PCs, to facilitate Windows 10. The process of either upgrading or purchasing PCs, asks several questions that need to consider seriously.

Examples of questions related to Windows 10 adoption include:

  1. Will third party application software and legacy hardware (e.g. printers) be compatible with Windows 10? An interesting article on Windows 10 compatibility can be found here.
  2. Does an organisation’s PC estate meet the specified Windows 10 system requirements, or will new ones need to be purchased? The system requirements can be found on Microsoft’s web site here.
  3. What training will IT staff and users need?
  4. What budget and resources are required, to support the introduction and support of Windows 10?
  5. How will Windows 10 be tested in the organisation to ensure it meets the all required needs?
  6. What methods will be used to roll out Windows 10 once tested?

All of the above is only a small part of the issues of adopting Windows 10. Further information can be found here.

Third party applications provide the functionality for business staff to provide service to customers and clients. Therefore all software manufacturers including Apple, Adobe and Oracle, will need to test and ensure their products are compatible with Windows 10. This principle also applies to hardware, as organisations use legacy devices (e.g. printers), which use existing drivers that are unlikely to be compatible.

An added complication is that Windows 7 extended support for critical software updates finishes on January 14, 2020, and on January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1. Therefore, businesses and organisations will need to consider how Windows 10 will be introduced into their operations. This will require detailed and tailored long-term planning, which will only be achieved by devising a suitable and measurable strategy, and then by working together with all business areas, IT service providers and other external parties.

To conclude, the Windows 10 clock is ticking and is ticking fast!

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