Microsoft Tries to Make Business Users Comfortable With Windows 10

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2015-05-17 Print this article Print
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Device Guard also works with hardware-based Hyper-V isolation to contain malware. There will also be a Windows Store for Business that will contain only certified and trusted applications.

Other enhanced security features include Identity Protection, which among other things supports biometric authentication, and Application Protection, which supports application certification and can limit execution to certified applications.

The most pressing question for most businesses is how much the update will require in terms of the learning curve, new hardware and support complexity. As you might expect, Microsoft says all will be hunky-dory, but being a suspicious sort of guy, I decided to see for myself.

To do this, I first installed Windows 10 on a 64-bit PC with an AMD processor, which is the one I used for my first look at Windows 10 back in the fall. Then, just to confirm that the new OS will also run on the old, decrepit PCs some companies keep around, I installed Windows 10 on an ancient 32-bit HP workstation that originally ran Windows Vista.

Windows 10 Pro, which is the version being released as a part of the Windows Insider program, worked perfectly on both machines. To my surprise, it readily handled the dual, high-resolution monitors on the ancient HP workstation, and it runs all of the existing applications. This machine had previously been running Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 proved to be a dramatic improvement in terms of ease of use and performance.

Right now, the initial installation of Windows 10 requires that you create a DVD using the ISO file that you download from Microsoft. It would appear that Microsoft plans to perform the upgrade to Windows 10 by downloading the software as it does with updates. Already, major updates to Windows 10, even to the point of reinstalling the operating system, are handled this way.

There are some things that don't really make the transition to a business environment, however. One of those is Cortana, the digital assistant. To work well, Cortana requires a microphone and speaker, both of which are fairly rare in corporate environments. You can use Cortana by typing in commands or questions, but if you're going to do that, you might as well just type in your search terms in a search engine without Cortana's help.

The Start button is back, and it's enhanced by giving it a menu that's a combination of the start menu from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The good news is that you now have the items you use frequently in one place.

What this all means for business users is that while there will be a learning curve, it won't be steep. But your support staff must be trained to deal with it while they're also learning to use Windows 10 themselves. It's not an impossible task, but it will require work, so you'll need to plan on it.



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