Microsoft Upgrade Analytics Eases Enterprises' Windows 10 Migrations
The new service uses Windows telemetry data to help accelerate the move to Windows 10 for enterprise organizations.Microsoft quietly released a preview version of its new Upgrade Analytics service on July 22, a new Operations Management Suite (OMS) tool that uses telemetry data gathered by an organization's Windows systems to help IT managers determine whether their applications and drivers are ready for the move to Windows 10. OMS is Microsoft's cloud-based IT monitoring, automation and data protection software offering for hybrid cloud environments. The Redmond, Wash., software giant has been weathering some criticism about its data collection practices, particularly after last year's big Windows 10 launch. The operating system is bundled with Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant technology akin to Siri and Google Now, and other features that can report information back to the company about a user's activities, device settings and system health, stoking privacy concerns. Meanwhile, the company argues that the data it collects is used to improve the quality and security of its software. In terms of driving enterprise adoption, however, telemetry data can prove useful in helping businesses upgrade their PC fleets to Windows 10.
"In order to drive a Windows Upgrade project efficiently, customers are looking for data that allows [them] to evaluate their application and driver ecosystem using a risk balanced approach," explained Marc-Andrea Klimaschewski, a program manager on Microsoft's Windows Compatibility team, in a blog post. "While some applications are business critical and need to be validated before upgrading the operating system since they are widely deployed and frequently used, some applications may only be deployed on a handful of machines."