Microsoft Hopes Customers Forget the Past by Skipping to Windows 10
Just to shorten things a little, you should only attempt to run the Windows 10 Preview on a computer that’s being used strictly for that purpose. It should not be used on anything even remotely resembling a production machine. That could rule out a lot of casual techies who can't afford a spare machine just to beta test an operating system. The only tech support will be community based, the changes and updates may happen frequently and right now nobody knows if you’ll be able to update the test machine to the released version of Windows 10. Microsoft also has set out a list of requirements for the machine on which you plan to test Windows 10. They’re in the FAQ, and you should read them, but in general most computers with Windows 7 or 8.1 should be able to run Windows 10. This may also be an indication that Microsoft isn’t going to repeat the earlier blunder of not allowing updates for earlier versions of Windows, such as when the company wouldn’t allow updates from Windows XP to Windows 8, which certainly held back any move upwards for many computer owners.But there’s one other thing that’s going on that’s perhaps more important. Microsoft is asking that users of the Preview software provide feedback, lots of it. This means if it’s not working in your enterprise, they want to know about it. This time, Microsoft is going out of its way to court its business users, including setting up a page to explain how it’s all going to work this time. Microsoft says that Windows 10 is designed for business and the enterprise from the ground up, including enterprise-grade security. The company is also saying that it’s creating a unified Windows across all platforms, including Mobile. Windows Phone will get Windows 10 as well, although it’s unclear whether existing phones will be upgraded, although I’m betting they won’t be. Over all, this is good news for the enterprise. Finally there’s an upgrade path that should lead to stability and security, but which doesn’t leave your installed base behind. Microsoft is finally listening to its enterprise users. It’s about time.
Of course there are plenty of reasons why you should welcome Windows 10, including the return of the much-missed Start Menu and a return to an interface that will support a keyboard and mouse seamlessly. You will no longer be required to have a touch-screen to use Windows productively. This time, the goal is to create a version of Windows that will work well with either interface.