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Windows 10 Is About Experiences, Not Operating Systems

Published: 06 March 2015

ID: G00274783

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Stephen Kleynhans

Summary

Windows 10 represents a fundamental change in how Microsoft develops, supports, monetizes and messages Windows, and ultimately all of its user-facing products and services. Enterprise planners and IT leaders must begin to account for the new OS while planning for the remainder of this decade.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Windows 10 delivers a new, consistent experience that spans devices, enabling enterprise planners and IT leaders to provide a better work environment for PC users in particular
  • Windows 10 upgrades will be free for most users, but enterprises will still spend time and money to test and deploy Windows 10, and may decide they need Software Assurance where they didn't previously
  • Microsoft is providing a single application model across all devices running Windows 10 with universal Windows apps, potentially creating new opportunities for enterprise developers
  • Windows 10 introduces new ways of interacting with computing that will evolve over the next decade to change the relationship between users and computing

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