In IT Management, Managed Services, Microsoft

Today marks the arrival date of the new Windows 10 operating system, a welcomed update for many.  The new OS is far more familiar and intuitive than its predecessor, giving users back the familiar start menu, taskbar and desktop they’ve been accustomed to for so long. Best of all, the update can be downloaded for free by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 owners.

That’s not to say that we recommend moving forward with the upgrade – yet. As a Managed Service Provider (MSP), managed PCs need to go through a vetting process to work out kinks. As such, we’ve already prevented the ability to run the upgrade all managed workstations. We will be coordinating the upgrade to our clients over the next six months.

As with any major upgrade, Accellis best practice is to wait at least two months until we are able to fully vet the product. This process helps avoid potential compatibility issues, discover hidden bugs, and perform internal testing to determine the best upgrade process and timeline. One specific concern is whether Windows 10 will affect the ability to remotely access your work systems via Remote Web Workplace (RWW), due in part to the replacement of Internet Explorer with Windows Edge.

For home users, we also recommend against early-adopting. Unmanaged computers will prompt you to upgrade automatically. In fact, you may have already noticed the Windows icon demanding your attention. Since clicking the icon installs Windows 10 automatically, you will not be able to “undo” the operation. If the device is used for work purposes, please proceed with caution.

If you are interested in discussing the best upgrade approach for you firm or learning more about Managed IT Services, please contact us.

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