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Get Ready for a New Era of Windows 10

26 Jan 2015 by Shay Moser

As you read the news this week, you may have noticed the not-so-subtle changes coming to Microsoft Windows later this year with the release of Windows 10.

The familiar resource you’ve known for the past 30 years still will have the mobile features we expect, but there is also a monumental shift coming for Windows and Microsoft.

The operating system that’s been used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is about to participate in the mobile-first, cloud-first race. This transformation is about changing the rules of the game and redefining the relationship between Microsoft and its customers.

“Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft in a press release. “Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Windows 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home.”

Free upgrade to Windows 10 for up to a year after its release

The announcement on Jan. 21 was not only about this game changer for Windows and Microsoft. It also promoted a free upgrade to Windows 10 for up to a year after its release, as well as noted that the new operating system will be delivered as a service. This means Windows won’t be just a product or a SKU, but an experience and a relationship — one that will continue giving value. That value translates to regular, automatic updates for a safer, innovative and renewed experience with Windows for the supported lifetime of the device.

9 key business details on the new experience coming to Windows 10

  1. The free Windows 10 upgrade is available in the first year to qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices, which are generally consumer devices. The Enterprise Editions of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 are specifically excluded, as are Windows RT and 8.1 RT.
  2. For enterprise customers with Windows Software Assurance, the upgrade will be free when Windows 10 is released in the second half of this year. It will include a new browser, enterprise-grade security and optimal ease of use, including an expanded Start menu. Plus, Microsoft has simplified deployment and management of Windows devices, providing new tools for both.
  3. Users with devices running Windows 8 or Windows 8 Phone can upgrade to Windows 8.1, and then become eligible for the Windows 10 free upgrade.
  4. Devices must be connected to the Internet, and have Windows Updates enabled. The free upgrade will most likely be delivered via the Windows update process.
  5. After the upgrade, Microsoft will manage Windows 10 more as a service than a piece of software.
  6. Microsoft will continue to provide updates to keep your Windows 10 device even more secure, and provide new features and functionality throughout the lifecycle of your device.
  7. Windows 10 will ship with both Internet Explorer 11 and a new browser, code-named Project Spartan.  Internet Explorer 11 will handle current ActiveX websites, while Project Spartan will support more modern websites via a new rendering engine.
  8. Microsoft is integrating technology throughout Windows, including Cortana, Outlook, Calendar and Skype. These experiences are built in the core UI, providing a native experience with the Web.
  9. Windows 10 has built-in technology, so you don’t have to add on or count on a Band-Aid approach to enterprise computing.

Microsoft will have more information to share as it gets closer to the launch of Windows 10, and we’ll share that information with you. In the meantime, contact your Insight service specialist

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