WAIT on windows 10...here is why

This write-up is largely from a business perspective related to upgrading or starting to use windows 10 in a domain environment at a place of business.  Home or personal users are fine buying a pc with windows 10 just beware of upgrading older PC's (more than 2 years old) we've seen a lot of issues.

The argument to wait on windows 10 for business use:

  1. As of summer 2016 they are still tweaking delivery of the product to the end user or business.  In the fall of 2016 more changes will come and they will start offering Win 10 enterprise "as a service" meaning monthly payments to use the flagship version of the OS.  While they are doing this they are slowly cutting features from the existing pro version (small business version) to try to force business users to the monthly sub.  Lets see how this plays out...

  2. We've seen and used both and don't see the argument that any type of upgrade is necessary or beneficial now - no big improvements over 8.1 or 7. If you have a stable, working environment now this can only introduce issues.  Popular apps and programs won't be a problem but industry specific, legacy and other software most likely will be (in our experience). Finally, when a person or company does their next hardware refresh windows 10 will come standard and the OS will be included in the purchase, so we don't feel clients will be missing a free opportunity, it will simply come standard on the next set of computers.. 

All that being said, we are happy to start upgrading computers if that is what you choose!

More info:

Source: Microsoft Cuts More Features From Windows 10 Pro To Push Businesses To Enterprise Edition

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that its monthly subscription service for enterprise customers would start at $7 a month and it will launch later this year. If you are a business running Windows 10, large customers will almost always opt for the Enterprise edition but smaller and some medium sized companies have been using the Pro versions of Windows for several years.

Windows 10 Pro is the preferred operating system for small and medium sized business but Microsoft is making this edition less attractive to those users as they continue to cut features from the OS.

With the release of Windows 10 version 1511, the large update released in November, the company removed the option todisable Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro through Group Policy and with the anniversary update, they are removing additional features from Pro. Starting with the Anniversary update coming on August 2nd, you will no longer be able to manage Windows 10 tips and tricks and Windows Store suggestions.

The chart below outlines the options available to disable these features post 1607 (Anniversary update) is installed.

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Specifically, after this update is installed, Windows 10 Pro will no longer be able to centrally manage Windows Spotlight on the lock screen, Start menu app suggestions, Windows tips, and Microsoft account notifications.

While this particular update is not significant setback for administrators of machines with this OS, when coupled with the removal of features with 1511, it begins to show how Microsoft doesn’t want companies to be using Windows 10 Pro in the workplace. By placing ads and apps in front of end-users, this opens up more pain points for IT Pros where users could try to install unsupported applications on a company network.

It’s not hard to draw the correlation between features being removed from the Pro version of Windows 10 and the company offering an easier way to use its Windows-as-a-Service offering that is coming this fall. Microsoft wants all companies using the Enterprise edition of its operating system as it creates re-occurring cash flow for the company, much like Office 365 has done from the transition from on premises to the cloud based offering.

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