Migrating to Windows 10: Here's what you need to know.

Windows 10 is possibly the biggest thing to hit the corporate desktop since Windows XP. In just one month, Windows 10 surpassed both Linux and Mac OS X in terms of desktop market share – and doubled the market share of the troubled Windows 8.0 OS.

Rollouts can be challenging – and expensive

But, rolling out a new operating system across an enterprise can be daunting. It involves not only the migration and rollout, but the potential of adding yet another operating system that your IT team needs to support. A desktop OS adoption and migration effort requires effort, takes time and costs money.

That’s one reason Windows XP still commands a 13 percent share of the desktop OS market – even though it’s no longer even supported by Microsoft.

Window’s 10 compelling value proposition

However, there are sound reasons to move as quickly as possible to Windows 10. For starters, companies that migrate within the first year can take advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

More importantly, though, Windows 10 provides many significant new features for your IT department. That includes management tools that automatically configure new devices, and security improvements like Device Guard, which allow devices to only run applications from trusted developers of your choice – helping protect your organization from cyber-attacks.

Upgrade now or later?

These Windows 10 benefits are legitimate reasons to upgrade soon. But, you still need answers to critical questions before committing to Windows 10, such as:

1)    How can we minimize the costs, time, effort and IT training associated with testing, deploying, securing and managing widespread Windows 10 adoption?

2)    Do we truly understand the impact of the new software and management infrastructure components – and have a plan to address them?

3)    How can we fully leverage Windows 10?

Benefits of being proactive

By proactively answering these questions and determining your strategies, you can experience benefits like these from Windows 10 sooner:

  • Reduced license costs (because of the free upgrade program)
  • Decreased roll-out costs and accelerated rollout timeframes
  • Lower ongoing license, support and management expenses
  • Superior IT security posture

DWUF: A rich resource about Windows 10

Many of the sessions at Dell World Software User Forum are ideal for organizations considering the move to Windows 10 as a desktop standard across their enterprise. They address critical areas, such as software license management, inventory and compliance, compatibility testing, identity management, migration, ongoing management of things like patches and software installations, and much more.

These collective sessions can provide answers to your IT questions, and help create an optimal rollout roadmap for your organization. Examples of these sessions include:

  • SUF 32: Creating a Productive User Environment  with Desktop Authority
  • SUF 98: UCCS Managing Windows Compliance

You can get detailed information about all sessions at the Dell World Software User Forum. Haven’t registered yet for DWUF? Register today and take advantage of the complimentary pass for a colleague with our two-for-one offer! Plus, gain access to the Dell World main event and opening night concert with seven-time, Grammy-winning artist, John Mayer. Hurry before the offer expires.