Interesting fact about Windows 10: it’s not going to work as well with a device that’s not Microsoft-created. So for all of us who have a fondness for products outside of the Microsoft realm, this is something to consider. On a broader scale—for business and enterprise—it may be a big deal.
Most of us are used to having the freedom to utilize our own devices—BYOD is virtually standard in many companies today, and employees may well expect it to be the norm. But working from home or the coffee shop down the street may soon mean bringing a company-owned device with you as Windows 10 enters the picture.
Windows 10 has been purposefully created to work best with Microsoft products. Some of its features are only available through a Microsoft product—and those new Windows 10 features are supposed to be pretty fantastic, so it may be worth investing some IT budget money into new equipment.
Tech industry veterans like Matt Schulz theorize that with the implementation of Windows 10, the Surface will soon replace a lot of laptops (and certainly PCs) in most enterprises. And if we are to rely on those devices to go home with us and work effectively, he may have a good point—they’ll be lighter, simpler to travel with, less prone to injury due to ease of transport, and will be able to utilize all that Windows 10 has to offer up.
Making the switch to Microsoft devices may not be an issue if IT is geared up for a shift anyway—as many probably are in the wake of Windows 7’s support going away entirely in 2020 (it sounds far away, but that’s only five years from now). And if IT’s been keeping up with the news of Windows 10’s arrival, they may have already planned ahead for its inception and use in Microsoft devices.
It may also fall to IT to ensure that executive and director phones are Windows 10 friendly—a must in our on-the-go work world.