Windows 10 Update Goes from ‘Optional’ to ‘Recommended’

“Microsoft has bumped up Windows 10 from being an “optional update” in Windows Update to being a “recommended update”, which could lead to some unexpected migrations…The status change will likely mean that some Windows7/Windows8.1 users will experience this notice in the notice of a surprise, namely an unexpected upgrade to Windows 10. Traditionally, Windows Update served as just a patch mechanism, rather than an operating system upgrade solution…”

Read the rest of Kurt Mackie’s post in Redmond Channel Partner Magazine and more articles in our Newsletter The View On Windows 10 from February 28, 2016.

US Defense Department Begins Windows 10 Rollout

The US Department of Defense has begun to deploy Windows 10 on 4,000,000 devices and systems. It’s a big win for Microsoft’s new OS.

“The US Department of Defense (DoD) has committed to a widespread Windows 10 upgrade. Over the next year, 4 million devices will transition to Microsoft’s new OS.

The Secretary of Defense has instructed all US DoD agencies to upgrade their legacy systems immediately to standardize on Windows 10. This marks the largest enterprise rollout of Windows 10 to date, reported Microsoft CTO Susie Adams in a Feb. 17 blog post.”

Read Kelly Sheridan’s entire post from February 17, 2016 on Information Week and more on our bi-weekly Migration News and Updates Newsletter February 23, 2016.

Tranxition Announces Partnership with Dell – Relationship to Ensure Flawless Migrations Every Time

Leading persona management and migration tool, Tranxition Migration Manager, to be integrated into Dell’s KACE 1000 and KACE 2000 systems management appliances.

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tranxition, Inc., the leading provider of persona management solutions, today announced that the company has entered a partnership with Dell to deliver integration of Tranxition™ Migration Manager, Tranxition’s industry-leading desktop migration solution, into the Dell KACE 1000 and KACE 2000 systems management appliances.

“While the standard migration solution found in the KACE appliance is satisfactory, Dell, as always, works to exceed client expectations and provide the most powerful solutions for our customers,said Bob Kelly, Director of Product Management for Endpoint Systems. “In our view, Tranxition Migration Manager meets those requirements and more.”

“With Windows 10 adoptions at a fever pitch, this partnership opens the doors for the Dell customer base to take advantage of Tranxition Migration Manager’s premium feature set,” says Kelly Mackin, Founder and CEO of Tranxition. “The solution’s cross-domain, 99.99% reliability, its 5X speed advantage over freeware solutions and its deep support for Microsoft Office, gives Dell’s customers an enterprise-class alternative and a clear competitive advantage.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

Enterprises eye a fast switch to Windows 10

In his January 27, 2016 article in Computerworld magazine, Gregg Keiser reports:

“Enterprise interest in Windows 10, getting onto it and off Windows 7, is at an unprecedented level, research firm Gartner said today.

Although in virtually all cases that interest has not yet translated into actual deployments, it signals a faster move to the new OS than for past editions, including Windows 7, Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans contended in an interview”. Read the rest of the article here.

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.'”

PC Market upturn will impact Windows 10 migration timeline

Gartner analysts predict that PC shipments will continue to pick up for 2016 and hit full steam by year-end due, in part, to the 9-12 month testing and evaluation process that most organizations will allot for planned migrations to Windows 10. Read the full article by Hannah Breeze in CRN here. Now is the right time to start your testing and evaluation process. Click the buttons to the right to receive your 5 seat, no-cost, no-obligation evaluation copy of Migrate7 now and/or to request a Live Demo.

From Nagware to Hardware: Windows 10 migration tidbits

IT Professional Services firms, MSPs and IT departments are on the line to assure successful desktop refresh and replacement processes. The time to plan for and implement Windows 10 migrations for your customers is now. Here are just a few of the latest articles sure to keep you current as you make your plans for 2016:

Windows 10 Migration: 4 tips to help IT prepare
Andrew Froehlich writes in the January 8, 2016 edition of Information Week: “Enterprise IT professionals I talk with in the course of my daily work seem evenly split about whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10 this year. Some tell me they’re sticking with Windows 7/8 for at least another 12 months, while others want to migrate sometime this year. More often than not… Read the rest of the article here.

Windows 8 No Longer Supported and Potentially Insecure
“Windows 8 passed Microsoft’s ‘extended support’ milestone yesterday, which marks its continued use as a potential security hazard. Per its policy, Microsoft no longer issues hotfixes or security updates for Windows 8 after the Jan. 12, 2016 end date. The software is considered…” Read the rest of the Redmond Magazine article by Kurt Mackie here.

Microsoft Expanding Windows 10 Push to Small Businesses
In another article, this time for Redmond Channel Partner, Kurt Mackie writes: “Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade push will soon expand to organizations, the company said on Wednesday. Starting in the United States ‘later this month’ and other markets ‘shortly thereafter,’ Microsoft will deliver its Get Windows 10 (GWX) application to domain-joined PCs… Find out the rest here.

Tranxition and Envoy Data Technology Enter Distribution Agreement

Leading IT solution distributor to offer Tranxition software to eliminate desktop migration pain. Tranxition Corp. announced today that Envoy Data Corporation has entered into an agreement to distribute Tranxition™ software, including the recently announced Migrate7™ version 10 with Windows 10 and Office 2016 support, to IT service providers and consultants across the USA.
Envoy Data is a value-added technology distributor and has focused on security products and services… read the rest of the press release Tranxition and Envoy Data Technology Enter Distribution Agreementm”>here