10 Windows 10 migration issues you need to consider

While there's no need to rush to Windows 10 just because it’s been released, there are some important things to start thinking about.

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6. Application and hardware incompatibilities won't be a big issue

The move from XP to 7 was also made complicated because a large portion of existing apps, devices and peripherals wouldn't work on the new operating system. 

"That meant that a lot of companies spent 18-24 months just figuring out how to make the migration work, says Kleynhans." But with the move to 10 most things will be compatible, so you’ll be able to cover your eyes, drop things on to 10 and they’ll just work," he says.

"You may start to do initial testing and discover that you’ll be ready in 3-6 months quite easily.

7. Windows 10 changes the way the operating system is updated

Administrators will have to get used to various new ways of updating Windows, including Current Branch for Business, and Long Term Service Branch.

CBB provides some flexibility in when businesses using Windows Update for Business or Windows Server Update Services install security updates, fixes and new features. They’ll be able to defer updates for a short but as yet unspecified period of time.

[Related: Windows 10's big change – 10 years of support from day 1]

The LTSB enables organizations to take security updates and fixes but decline new features indefinitely.

8. It may not be as easy as it seems to decline feature updates

"I don't think administrators in that many organizations will have the luxury of being able to say that they won't take any feature updates, because users will cry out for them," says Shepley. "People want the agility that new features may bring."

In practice it's likely that the sorts of systems that are frozen, and have no feature updates, will be legacy systems, non-typical computing devices like ATMs, or call center systems.

9. There are still some known unknowns

There is still plenty about Windows 10 that is unknown at this time, such as what changes will be made to Microsoft's InTune device and application management system, warns Kleynhans. "There are still some pieces that you can't test yet, like how you manage apps and app stores."

10. The Windows 10 migration may be the last

The good news for those responsible for corporate operating systems is that this may be the last one of this headache-inducing kind. That's because the trend is toward frequent small updates and enhancements rather than huge upgrades – in the same way that Microsoft's Office 365 product is updated many times per month.

"That means we’ll be able to rethink how we negotiate these small updates – probably with small, repeatable and automatable processes," Kleynhans concludes.  "We have never got round to automation in the past, but I think that once we transition to Windows 10, future upgrades will be much less work."

Copyright © 2015 IDG Communications, Inc.

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