CTS is excited to announce the official arrival of Windows 10 to the campus. By way of a pilot project, we have rolled out Windows 10 to specific labs and advanced technology classroom computers as well as to some faculty and staff machines to be tested for compatibility with campus technical services. This was done over spring break.
Windows 10 is a project that CTS has been working on since Fall of 2015. An official committee was formed that included faculty as well as technical staff from our server, networking, help desk, and desktop support teams. Through their efforts, test machines were configured, tested for application compatibility, and updates made. A configuration of Windows 10 was created that is not only compatible with technical services but ensures a smooth user experience transitioning from Windows 7 to 10. In fact, Gartner research (Kleynhans, 2015a) has indicated that the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 should not be disruptive for users (p. 2). Windows 10 retains the start menu like Windows 7 and expands it to include tiles that can be used for easy access to frequently used applications.
In terms of applications that are compatible with Windows 10, Gartner research (Kleynhans, 2015b) mentioned that application compatibility should be fairly straightforward as it has “the best backward compatibility of any Windows release” (p. 3). Therefore, an application that was compatible with Windows 7 should be compatible with Windows 10. CTS has tested over 100 applications and has not found any issues.
The pilot positions us well for some upcoming changes in the technology industry. Microsoft announced that it will end support for Windows 7 in January of 2020. In addition, computer manufacturers are including the newest processors in their systems that only support the Windows 10 operating system with no options to downgrade. Eventually, Windows 10 will be the only operating system option on new machines.
In addition to the pilot labs and advanced technology classrooms listed below, some Penfield Library, CELT, Facilities, and CTS staff will be testing it in their offices.
- Hart Hall Lab
- Laker 115A
- Lanigan 37C
- Lanigan 104
- Lanigan 105
- Mahar 116
- Mahar 302
- Rich 322
- Park 208
- Penfield Library Instruction room 2 (Classroom 2)
- Penfield Library Lab (North Wall only)
- Shineman 285
Presuming the pilot goes well, the Windows 10 project committee will discuss plans for officially releasing Windows 10 to the campus. Details of lab and classroom computers that will be upgraded over the summer will be discussed. In addition, a process for upgrading department faculty and staff computers will be developed. New employee machines will most likely have Windows 10 installed by default starting this summer.
If you have any thoughts or feedback based on your use of Windows 10 in any of the pilot locations above, please let us know by filling out our survey. You can contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 315.312.3456.
For more information including some Windows 10 training and tips and tricks, please visit the CTS Windows 10 website.
Kleynhans, S. (2015a). Ten Things You Need to Know About Windows 10 for a Successful PC Deployment [PDF Document]. Gartner Research. Retrieved from https://www.gartner.com/document/3100224?ref=solrAll&refval=181932089&qid=175c79a26bb5b514cf1fe0b8da54b364
Kleynhans, S. (2015b). Deciding When to Migrate to Windows 10 [PDF Document]. Gartner Research. Retrieved from https://www.gartner.com/document/3152018?ref=solrAll&refval=181931802&qid=051e4d996d7e7b568704d902d9c1a69c