Windows 10 could remove crucial feature for IT

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the final version of Windows. But in its effort to have a universal operating system, IT could be left with a nightmare scenario. 

Reports have it that Windows 10 will remove a crucial feature: the ability to revert back to older versions after the system updates.

With many examples of buggy patches that leave systems vulnerable or even dead, this could be a disaster. If a patch interferes with companies apps or messes with your systems, you might not have the opportunity to pull it back until a fix can be made.

Patches will be tested by users

Not to worry, Microsoft claims. By the time patches make their way to the Enterprise version of Windows, they’ll already have been installed, tested and monitored on home versions. That means there’s nothing to worry about, the company assures users.

That requires putting a lot of faith into the development team’s ability to fix problems quickly and spot bugs right away. Otherwise, you’re stuck on a vulnerable version of the operating system and Microsoft’s timeline for fixing it.

It also ignores the possibility of users having glitches on personal computers running the Home version of Windows 10 to do work.

With legacy apps of particular concern for those looking to upgrade, anything that could interfere with running applications might give IT pause on its plans to upgrade.

Test soon

Even if you have no immediate plans to upgrade all your systems, you may want to get a jump on Windows 10 now.

Be sure to check out the preview version and consider other steps, including:

  • Putting together a pilot team. Have a group of users test out Windows 10, but don’t limit it to the most technically savvy. You’ll want to know how the average user will do with the adjustment to plan the transition accordingly.
  • Compiling a list of apps. Make sure you know every app and service being used by your organization. Focusing on the main ones may leave other important, but uncompatible apps frustratingly buggy.
  • Go at your own speed. Most companies don’t need to upgrade right away. Unless you’re on an unsupported version of Windows, take your time and move at a pace that’s comfortable for users.

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