Windows 10: (When) Will VUB Upgrade?

[id : 494] [03/06/2016] [hits : 38004]

Last July Microsoft officially announced Windows 10, the latest version of its operating system. If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 today, you can upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

Hardware that can run Windows 7 and 8 should run Windows 10 just fine. Windows 10 comes with a number of new functionalities including a new internet browser, a user interface which is consistent across different types of devices (laptops/desktops, tablets, smartphones), and some other interesting new features. So at first sight, there seems to be compelling case for making the jump and upgrade to Windows 10.

After a first analysis, with the help of Gartner industry analysts, the VUB ICT department has however chosen to stick with Windows 7 for now. The Windows 10 release client is very new, and it is impossible to guarantee its stability at this point. More importantly, the new operating system can also have unforeseen impacts on applications and hardware devices, as drivers are not always immediately available for new operating systems. And last but not least, there are some privacy concerns related to Windows 10, sending usage data to Microsoft, which need to be clarified first. Also note that Windows 7 is still fully supported by Microsoft until January 2020, which means that there is no urgent reason to upgrade to Windows 10 right now.

The laptops/desktops which are being managed by the VUB ICT department will be upgraded in a controlled manner, after thorough testing of the operating system and the most commonly used applications here at VUB. This upgrade project will most likely start in the first quarter of 2016 with a number of pilot groups, with the goal of having a full roll-out toward the end of 2016 / early 2017. A more detailed project plan will be created in collaboration with all involved parties, and will be communicated in due time.

For the laptops/desktops which are not managed by the VUB ICT department we also strongly advise to stay on Windows 7, and this at least until the first quarter of 2016. By then Microsoft will have released a number of patches, which should remove some of our stability concerns.

Xavier Van Moen


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