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10 Windows 10 migration issues you need to consider

Paul Rubens | July 29, 2015
While there's no need to rush to Windows 10 just because it’s been released, there are some important things to start thinking about.

Many organizations have held off purchasing these devices in order to avoid having to train staff to use Windows 8.1 or having to figure out how to integrate Windows 8.1 into their environments, he adds.

Windows 10 promises to be far easier when it comes to integration with existing Windows 7 devices and users.

4. Uncertainty over Windows Phone means the value of universal apps is questionable

Windows 10 sees the introduction of universal apps that can easily be made to run on any device, and in particular on desktops or laptops and on phones running Windows 10 Mobile.

But just days before the launch of Windows 10 the future of Windows 10 Mobile was plunged into doubt with the announcement that Microsoft was writing off $7.6 billion from its acquisition of Nokia last year, and that 7,800 jobs are to be cut in a "fundamental restructuring of our phone business," according to an email written by CEO Satya Nadella.

Windows 10 Mobile has yet to be released, but if and when it does see the light of day it may not live long enough for Microsoft's universal apps to offer much value.

5. Migrating from 7 to 10 is likely to be much easier than the move from XP to 7

The move from XP to 7 was a significant change, and one which enabled better security and device management. But taking advantage of these new capabilities involved implementing new backend infrastructure, says Ed Shepley, a solutions architect at migration specialist Camwood.  

"The difference this time is that with Windows 10 you will be able to continue to use that same backend infrastructure. Things will be much simpler and there won't be nearly as many blockages," he adds.

6. Application and hardware incompatibilities won't be a big issue

The move from XP to 7 was also made complicated because a large portion of existing apps, devices and peripherals wouldn't work on the new operating system. 

"That meant that a lot of companies spent 18-24 months just figuring out how to make the migration work, says Kleynhans." But with the move to 10 most things will be compatible, so you'll be able to cover your eyes, drop things on to 10 and they'll just work," he says.

"You may start to do initial testing and discover that you'll be ready in 3-6 months quite easily.

7. Windows 10 changes the way the operating system is updated

Administrators will have to get used to various new ways of updating Windows, including Current Branch for Business, and Long Term Service Branch.

CBB provides some flexibility in when businesses using Windows Update for Business or Windows Server Update Services install security updates, fixes and new features. They'll be able to defer updates for a short but as yet unspecified period of time.

 

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