Windows 10 “Six Months In” – What’s Next?

On July 29, 2016, Windows 10 will celebrate its Year-One Anniversary. While there is plenty of confliciting opinion out there on when to commence and why, there truly is no time like the present to devise and implement your organization’s PC migration strategy and define longterm goals.

What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?
In his January 29, 2016 article, ZD Net columnest Ed Bott makes three predictions about Windows 10 by it’s 1 year anniversary: “…Microsoft’s real goal with this upgrade offer isn’t just to get its installed Windows 10 base to a billion. The long-term goal is to help close the books on Windows 7 in an orderly fashion before its extended support commitment ends on January 14, 2020…” Read more here.

IT Change Control: 8 Ways To Improve Your Processes
Information Week journalist Andrew Froehlich writes: “If there’s one topic within enterprise IT that almost everyone has an opinion on, it has to be how the change control process should function. No matter what company you are in, you’re likely to hear opinions on how to streamline processes in order to make changes faster and more effective”. Find out about the “8 Ways” in this 1/18/16 article here.

Microsoft Requiring Windows Support Notices for New Skylake PCs
“Microsoft told its computer hardware partners this week that they’ll have to provide a Windows support notice to buyers of Intel Skylake-based PCs…Individuals or organizations that are planning to buy new PCs and run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 is no longer supported) should be aware of these messages”. Get the whole scoop from Kurt Mackie’s 1/27/16 article here.

Next-Gen CPUs Will Only Support Windows 10
Don Reisinger has this to say in his 1/19/16 article in PC Magazine: “‘Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support…This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.'”