Microsoft recently announced plans to skip Windows 9 altogether and move forward with Windows 10 as its next operating system. Some of the specific dynamics of the solution have been revealed, and one thing is clear - the company is distancing itself from some of the unpopular features of Windows 8. In general, Windows 8 was met with a tepid response because the operating system went too far onto the side of working well on mobile devices and, in doing so, alienated the many people still using the operating system on desktops, laptops and similar devices.
Microsoft is working to make Windows 10 a more user-friendly solution. There are many details still unknown about the new operating system, but many businesses may find themselves impacted by the change. With that in mind, let's look at three reasons why organizations should start preparing for a transition to Windows 10.
1. Mobile Devices will Make the Transition Inevitable
When Windows 10 releases, it may well become the de facto operating system for Windows-enabled smartphones and tablets. Consumers are unlikely to change this OS on their own, meaning that IT teams will need to be ready to support Windows 10 in various forms if they want to keep up with user demands. Failing to adapt could cause users running Windows 10 devices to forgo IT-based solutions and start running consumer apps and services to get the job done, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
2. Windows 10 May Work Better at User Workstations
This possibility isn't, by any means, a certainty, but there is a good chance that Windows 10 ends up being a genuinely superior operating system for office workstations. The OS is being designed for more intuitive use regardless of which device a user is getting the job done on, making it a potential improvement over Windows 8 for individuals working from an office desktop or laptop. In this case, Windows 10 may end up leading to a productivity boost by offering a more intuitive interface for users functioning with a keyboard and mouse instead of touch controls.
3. It Might be Free
We're now entering into the realm of rumors and speculation, but these aren't unfounded whispers. Prior to Windows 10 being announced, back when we were all expecting Windows 9, Microsoft's president in Indonesia made a statement that the company would be making Windows 9 a free upgrade for users already running Windows 8. The sentiment was that people could just go to the app store and download Windows 9, just like they would have done for the Windows 8.1 update. Of course, soon after that we found out that there won't actually be a Windows 9, there will only be Windows 10, and the statement hasn't been confirmed, but there is still reason to think Windows 10 may come as a free update for Windows 8 users.
Getting ready for Windows 10
This is where things get interesting. IT departments are now accustomed to functioning in an environment in which a diverse range of operating systems is continually in use. With that in mind, we may not be looking at an industry-wide, wholesale move to Windows 10 in offices. Instead, IT teams may be better off moving some systems to Windows 10, making sure apps work well on the new operating system and managing everything on a day-to-day basis.
While this strategy may help IT teams avoid a huge project, it also means they will be facing a more complex, challenging everyday operating climate. This could make IT service management investments, particularly in solutions like change and release management, especially important. Both release and change management can play a key role in helping organizations respond to the many alterations that will need to be made to support the move to Windows 10.