For users, Windows 10 offers the opportunity to move nearly seamlessly between desktop and mobile environments. For those with separate devices, Windows 10 supports easy movement between devices with different form factors. Similarly, Windows 10 Continuum supports 2-in-1 devices that transition easily between laptop and tablet environments. Windows 10 also provides users a lightweight support and upgrade environment similar to what they have on their smartphones and tablets. Employees expect a consumer-like experience. If deployed correctly, Windows 10 can be a key capability in providing this experience. And giving employees a consumer-like experience is a good way to attract and retain talent.
For IT, Windows 10 helps control costs and simplify administration. For many enterprise environments, Windows 10 means the end of heavy “gold disk” upgrades and limited device support. The continuous release model for Windows 10 means that you use the fully integrated environment that has been tested and vetted by Microsoft. Moving now to Windows 10 also helps to avoid the IT cost of moving new PCs from the pre-installed Windows 10 down to Windows 7 and then moving them a second time in the future back up to Windows 10.
From a data protection standpoint, security is heavily integrated into the Windows 10 operating system. In particular, device security is based on a “power-on to operational-state” process–a major innovation.
Transforming Applications and Business Processes
Applications are another significant driver for Windows 10. The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) provides the ability to develop applications that will run without modification across a wide variety of form factors and devices. This focus on providing users a seamless experience across devices means that Windows 10 can be a catalyst to organizations that want to reimagine the way employees work by transforming their operational and business processes.
You can find further tailored information for how well your organization is taking advantage of Windows 10 by taking our Windows 10 self-assessment. Make sure that you are getting the value your organization needs from this new environment.
Author: George Ferguson
George Ferguson leads Workplace and Mobility portfolio marketing at DXC Technology. His focus is on helping enterprises and governments transform to a digital workplace with a consumer user experience, seamless movement between PCs and mobility devices, enterprise security, and instant collaboration.
Previously, Ferguson held various practice and marketing leadership roles in the areas of security, compliance, and continuity services for more than 14 years. In these positions, he drove the adoption of cloud-based services in enterprises and was instrumental in integrating cross-company hardware, software, and services offerings into integrated solutions to help manage the operational risk of enterprises’ IT-supported business processes. Ferguson has worked in the IT industry for both large vendors and small start-ups including over 20 years at Hewlett Packard Company. He holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a B.A. in computer science from Brigham Young University.