It has been almost a year since the announcement of the availability of Windows 10, the one that, according to Microsoft, will be the last release of an operating system (what will be from now onwards, are only updates). The most recent statistics are about 350 million devices equipped with it (as an upgrade or sold with 10 on board). In the last 50 days, stats are about an average of 1 million installations each day. The free update option should end in late July, and many people are acting to be prepared to this deadline.
Is Windows 10 ready for the Corporate/Enterprise world? Yes, for sure; as for most operating systems from the Redmond colossus, most critical problems are fixed within 6 months from the release date, therefore we shouldn’t expect any surprise about that. In order to help you to understand the potentialities and promises of the update, in this issue of GURU advisor you’ll find an in-depth article about security technologies used by Windows 10.
The update to Windows 10 is not mandatory, and, regardless being free, it can’t be taken with little care. The problem, as in most cases, is not the OS itself but the hardware. Upgrading on a previous generation machine could lead to several issues: non existent drivers, unsupported devices, worse performances than expected and plenty of bugs that can complicate the user experience more than expected. In such case, it’s better to opt to buy a new PC or to do an upgrade (ie. more RAM or an SSD unit in place of a spinning disk). Just after the late July deadline, on August, 2nd, an important update for 10 will be available: the Anniversary Update. Apart for some graphical improvements, the new features include linking the OS license to your own Microsoft account, which can help to avoid troubles when changing hardware. In my opinion this is a very important piece of news that marks an historic improvement in the activation procedure by Microsoft. We hope that, in practice, this will be a real improvement and not another source of problems: should it be properly implemented, it could make Windows licenses more flexible and easier to manage, still without opening gates to piracy.