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When IS the Right Time to Migrate to Windows 10?

“To Windows 10, or Not to Windows 10? Is it nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of botched migrations?” We think not.
Of all the questions that keep IT decision makers up until the wee hours of the night, this is the one that gets the most hits: is NOW the right time to move to Windows 10 enterprise adoption?

CIO Contributor Afzal Ballim addresses the Pros and Cons of architecting a Windows 10 migration at this stage of the OS rollout in his January 22, 2016 article; hard to fathom is that Windows 10 adoption is setting records for the fastest OS rollout in history at over 270 million active devices to-date, plus more in the Weekly Tranxition Newsletter 4-4-16.

Improving Persona Management – Tranxition Introduces New Migration Manager

Leading migration tool enables IT professionals to quickly deliver flawless migrations every time and includes support for integration with appliances and desktop management platforms.

 PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tranxition, Inc., the leading provider of persona management solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Migration Manager Version 10.1. This new version has been enhanced to integrate seamlessly with systems management appliances and includes support for Windows PE for user persona backups from 32-bit and 64-bit Windows personal computers.

“Tranxition is always striving to exceed client expectations,” says Kelly Mackin, Founder and CEO for Tranxition. “We are constantly collaborating with our client base to identify and fulfill new missions. With our emphasis on customer collaboration, we continue to innovate. As a result, Tranxition realized the need for a persona management solution that fully supports the way that clients manage their endpoint systems. Our support for ITSM, Appliances and DSM reflects that sense of innovation.”

Tranxition ensures that all of its customers’ personal data and settings are moved from one location to the next with every migration. As a result, the pain typically associated with data migration disappears. The results users enjoy are both emotional and tangible, ranging from empowerment, reassurance, satisfaction and success to decreased costs and increased revenues. And this translates into far more productive organizations because they are able to focus more clearly on their business missions on both an individual and collective basis. Read the full press release here.

Everything You Need To Know About Windows 10 And Other Such Stories

“Since it’s release, Windows 10 has triggered waves of adulation, scorn and uncertainty.”

Does InfoWorld‘s senior contributing editor, Woody Leonhard, have a crystal ball – you may be asking? “Is it a worthy successor to Windows 7? Should I get it right now, or wait? Will you be forced  to update at Microsoft’s pace? Why is the commercial version free? What happens when there’s a bad patch? Are there any worthwhile new Windows 10 programs? The answers to those questions are not necessarily straight forward…” Download the rest of this Deep Dive along with our weekly newsletter chock-full of currated Migration and Windows 10 related content: Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10.

Deja Vu All Over Again

The three Windows 7/8.1 updates have returned and brought the warmed-over KB 3138612 and 3138615 Windows Update patches with them.

“Yesterday, Microsoft re-released three patches… all of which offer “compatibility” updates for those of you hell-bent on upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update…” Read all of Woody Leonard’s blog for InfoWorld and more curated content in Tranxition’s Migration News and Updates.

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.'”