Microsoft's first glimpse of Windows 10 suggest many areas which may impact IT departments in the future. A recent survey found that 80% of large enterprises and 71% of businesses plan to migrate to the new OS in the next 18 months, suggesting that it will be even more popular than Windows 7, which still commands a very large market share, particularly in enterprises.
Microsoft has made it also very clear that a major focus of Windows 10 is the business users:
- Better usability via new, advanced Start Menu, better windows and desktop management (e.g. task viewer), seamless integration (windowing) of new “metro” apps, and so on.
- Better / faster / more secure browsing experience (Edge)
- Cross device familiarity and universal apps -this is very important for larger organizations. The ability to run and manage different formfactors with the same OS will accelerate mobile adoption in enterprise
- Extended Mobile management
- Voice Recognition – Smart Assistance: Cortana can be a change agent of how consumer interact with the desktop PC. Voice recognitions and machine learning will enable new and innovative scenarios
- Lowering cost of ownership
- Security improvements / support for 2 factor authentication
Windows 10 promises to deliver advanced security and management capabilities along with innovation and security updates for businesses of all sizes. These new capabilities will deliver a host of benefits to organizations, enabling them to make key enhancements across their IT landscape and maximize ROI.