The CTO’s Commentary on Windows 10

Many of you will have seen a recent mass email we sent out about Microsoft’s release of Windows 10. Now that the release has happened and tens of thousands of people are starting to upgrade and use the new OS version, we are starting to get a good picture of how this OS will fit into the future IT picture and what sort of problems those early adopters are having.

There are quite a few people who are quite happy with Windows 10, and it’s looking like it will probably be the next Microsoft operating system that we recommend deploying to PCs. The new OS has made a huge difference for most people in overall OS and app responsiveness, boot and load times, and especially battery life. It also has some interesting features like the newly added Cortana assistant which some people will find invaluable. (Although some people, especially task based workers, may end up just disabling it). While this new version has lots of promise, the launch hasn’t been without its problems.

There are quite a few reports of users being unable to properly get the upgrade to install. In some cases they are able to go back to the old operating system and continue working, but sometimes the only option is to reload all the software on the computer. There is also news that the very first cumulative update to Windows 10 has put a big number computers into an eternal reboot cycle. More concerning is the new Windows Update process that is included with Windows 10 that makes it a bit difficult to skip such problematic updates.

For now, we continue to recommend that everyone stay with the existing Windows 7/8 that they are running on their PCs now. As the problems get sorted out and Windows 10 becomes more stable, we expect that we’ll be working with our fully managed clients to determine the strategy for taking advantage of the benefits this new operating system provides.