Three reasons (so far) not to rush into Windows 10

On Windows 10 launch day, we gave you our opinion of how to Do Windows 10 Right, whether you’re going it alone or hiring someone like us to oversee the process.

Since that day, results and user experiences are starting to pour in from across the world, and while the clear majority of upgrades are going smoothly for people, there are some very compelling reasons emerging to not rush into the upgrade to Windows 10 just yet. Especially if you’re part of a business network.

  1. You’ve got a year. Most of you already knew this, but you do have a full year in which to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1. The product isn’t going to be “out of stock,” and it’s still going to be free next week, next month, and on into 2016. So waiting is okay.
  2. WiFi Sense. Windows 10 has a new feature that lets you share WiFi connections with your contacts on Skype, Facebook, and so on. A very cool feature when Aunt Wanda visits and you want to easily get her onto your WiFi at home. Not so cool if an employee — inadvertently or on purpose — shares access to your corporate WiFi network. Some are saying the reaction to this is being overblown; we think it has implications worth addressing proactively in a business environment.
  3. Peer-to-Peer Windows Updates. Microsoft is apparently using a new method to distribute Windows Updates which is being compared to peer-to-peer file sharing services like Bittorrent. On the surface, this is a really smart idea on Microsoft’s part. But Bittorrent downloads can be very taxing on your bandwidth, hence the concerns.

At the time of this writing, Windows 10 has barely been available to the public for 48 hours. So more discoveries are sure to come. We have two machines in our shop right now which we’re loading with software you (our clients) use regularly, and this weekend I’ll be pushing the Windows 10 upgrade to those machines. Then Ty and I will be studying the outcome of that lab experiment, and advising you accordingly.

My point is, there are still discoveries about this brand new operating system which are yet to come, many of which have much bigger implications for business users than they do for home users. So if you’re a person who has concerns about items like these, our recommendation is to wait just a bit before plunging in to Windows 10.


Originally published at www.prrcomputers.com on July 31, 2015.

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