Windows 10

To accommodate organizations that need more time to deploy Windows 10, Microsoft has again revised its Windows 10 servicing and support policies

Illustration shows anticipated release and retirement dates of Windows client OS versions for enterprises

This report summarizes tools and methods for Windows 10 OS deployment, updating, and management, compiling previous Directions on Microsoft reports through Aug. 2018.

Changes in previously announced support deadlines could complicate preparations for Office and Windows upgrades

Deploying upgrades to Windows 10 systems involves phasing out some long-held deployment practices, but it will likely ease the pain of keeping the OS updated over the long term

Windows 10 includes two technologies intended to improve performance of downloading new versions of the OS to multiple devices at the same time

Windows Update for Business is a layer of policy-based management applied to Windows Update, which allows organizations to control the timing of Windows updates

Screen shot shows Windows 10 Group Policy settings for Windows Update for Business

Windows 10 express update delivery minimizes download requirements but impacts management software, and it might drive some organizations to adopt Windows Update for Business

Coping with the Windows 10 servicing and support model may require a transition to new methods and tools to deploy, configure, and manage Windows devices