Windows 10 has been in the press a lot since its release earlier this year, and not all of it has been good news. We’ve been following the updates around Windows 10 since it was released on this blog, looking at its various security flaws and bugs, and now another announcement from Microsoft stands to make even more headlines for the new operating system.
Before it was released, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be offered as a free upgrade to users with compatible PCs running versions of Windows 7 and 8. This was greeted enthusiastically at the time, but after all the issues that have been identified with Windows 10, many people are now not choosing to use their free upgrade offer. So now, in order to encourage its customers to upgrade to the new operating system, Microsoft will be automatically downloading Windows 10 to the computers of users who are eligible for the upgrade but haven’t yet redeemed it. Let’s look at what this means for businesses across the United Kingdom.
Why is Microsoft doing this?
Microsoft has been trying to encourage its users to update since it released Windows 10, primarily by providing it as a free update. Now, as many people are resisting the update, they have announced that the new operating system will be included as a recommended update in a batch of Microsoft updates released in March 2016. This means your computer will automatically download Windows 10, and then installed if you proceed with the updates.
So what does this mean for businesses?
Businesses that are running any version of Windows 7 and 8 and have Windows 10 compatible machines should be concerned. If you haven’t yet updated to Windows 10 for security or other reasons, now is the time to begin preparing your network for the update. This means backing up your files and servers, checking that your software is compatible with Windows 10, and ensuring an upgrade plan is in place.
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