Gartner Research

Manage Windows 10 Feature Updates to Stay Secure and Avoid Business Disruptions

Published: 16 October 2017

ID: G00332648

Analyst(s): Michael Silver, Stephen Kleynhans

Summary

Microsoft is delivering Windows 10 feature updates twice per year. I&O leaders must balance the need to stay current with the business disruptions that deploying updates can cause. This research discusses how to manage the cadence of updates and reduce the time required to deploy them.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Improve Predictability of Workloads by Mapping Cadence Planning Processes to Business Events
  • Shorten Time to Deployment by Overlapping the Validation and Piloting Processes
  • Leverage Server-Based Computing Models Aggressively for Business-Critical Applications
  • Get Early Warning of Potential Issues by Selective Participation in the Windows Insider Program for Business
  • Engage Software and Hardware Vendors Early

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