Trends Report

Brief: Microsoft Gets Its Flagship OS Back On Track With Windows 10

Microsoft Secures Its Stake In Enterprise PCs, But Universal App Architecture Won't Be Enough To Win Mobile Without More Help

January 21st, 2015
Frank Gillett
With contributors:
Thomas Husson , Christopher Voce , Tyler Shields , Christian Kane , Michael Facemire , Nate Fleming


On January 21, 2015, Microsoft provided the public with more details on Windows 10, which was originally announced last September at a press event in San Francisco. Windows 10 is the next major version of Windows after the tepidly received Windows 8, which debuted almost two years ago. Even though the launch isn't scheduled until sometime this summer, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders responsible for workforce technology should take note of the changes in Windows 10 now because they represent an important reset of Windows technologies — and will mean a shift in I&O operating principles. Microsoft has been working hard to give early notification to enterprise customers so they have extra time to prepare and give Microsoft feedback. This brief analyzes what we believe are the five key changes in Windows 10 that create this heightened relevance to enterprises, and guides I&O professionals on how to get ahead of its release.

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