Even before the release Windows 10 marked a new open Microsoft policy. Entuziasts have been invited to contribute to the new version’s development. Windows Insiders program has been launched, in which i have also participated (and still do, as i haven’t quit:)). People were able to try out early operating system’s versions (“builds”), share their opinions with the company, report errors. Windows 10 face was formed based on this faceback. Of course, Microsoft reserved for itself a right to take a decision and not every feedback has been heard (in some cases for the good). This is a good precedent in the industry. Although beta versions in software existed before, but not in a such scale.
The future is unclear so far. This fall a big update should be released. Some nuances of this update are already seen in the still being released testing versions. But differently than before, with a new Windows version being released, these functional updates will arrive to the users automatically via the Windows Update service. Declining to update you are losing the security fixes. For a home user this is not such a sore point, but in the case of companies this can be a tricky situatuion, when some functional update is not suitable, but you are forced to update, otherwise you won’t receive security fixes. And also already mentioned unclear “windows as a service” thing.
In our institution we are still holding to Windows 7. We have skipped Windows 8 and so far have no plans to go to Windows 10. Because other than declared better security (though after the final version release a lot of security fixes were released, so nothing new here) no other new features won’t be useful, but would demand tweaking deployment and configuration processes for the new system, some training of users. And they (users) won’t start working better bacause of that, but would rather be distracted by a flashy Start menu 🙂 Another important thing for a company – updates distribution. Before the release Windows Update for Business was announced, but we haven’t heard any specific and detailed information on this. What is this, how will it work, will i be able to continue using WSUS system, which in our office is updating lots of various Windows systems, or will i have to use something additional for Windows 10? Also looking suspicious enabled by default distribution of updates from other computers (“torrent” based), but not from Microsoft servers. And various minimal things in the user interfacem which if not make support and administration harder, but will create unneded confusion, require additional steps to achieve. Especially, if some Windows 7 systems will remain in your household.
Windows 7 remains in my own PC also. First of all, because i’m lazy 🙂 On the ohter hand, if the new system is not able to charm you in that way and can’t deliver such new features, which would force to overcome my lazyness, then there is nothing that special about this new version after all.