Microsoft’s release of Windows 10 has been a success by most measures.  The Windows 10 interface is a good blend of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 and an easier adjustment for users moving from Windows 7 than was the move to Windows 8/8.1  .

Many consumers have already taken advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 from eligible operating systems via the “Get Windows 10” app that was automatically installed via Windows Update.  Now the “Get Windows 10” app will start to appear on business computers that are members of a Windows Domain.

Go West IT recommends that businesses instruct employees not to upgrade to Windows 10 on their own.  If your business wants to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade we strongly recommend that you start first by running the upgrade on a small test bed of computers to make sure your all of your hardware and business critical applications are compatible.  Once compatibility is validated we recommend upgrades are planned outside of business hours to avoid idle employees while the upgrades are performed.  Businesses may also want to plan for some employee training or resources to help users adjust for the sake of maintaining productivity.

The free Windows 10 upgrade is available through the end of July 2016.  Many expect the free upgrade timeframe will be extended, but an extension has not yet been announced.  The free upgrade to Windows 10 is a good value for businesses, and Go West IT recommends you plan to take advantage of this opportunity.

Go West IT will be pleased to assist businesses with testing and planning Windows 10 Upgrades.  Our help desk, desktop support specialists, and engineers are all well versed with Windows 10 and can assist with addressing questions and concerns.   Please call our office if you would like to discuss your Windows 10 Upgrade strategy.

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