As you should know by now, Windows 10 will officially release on July 29. The edition that begins delivering on that day is clearly dedicated to consumers. With that in mind, many businesses have begun to wonder when exactly Microsoft will shift its focus to business and education. Many have thought that it may release sometime in the September time-frame.
Today, Windows chief, Terry Myerson, has finally delivered a clear message that should both excite businesses and cause some preparatory reaction.
In a blog post, Terry says…
Windows 10 Pro will be available on July 29, along with Windows 10 Home. Volume licensing customers will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1.
Remember, though, that Windows 10 is a continual work in progress. What delivers on July 29 and also on August 1 is not like OS editions delivered in the past. Certain features you may expect, particularly for business needs, may not show up until later. Case in point, Terry also says …
Just like for our consumer customers, we’ll continue to introduce new features and updates in an ongoing manner, including Enterprise Data Protection later this year.
So, for business and education editions, you should plan to obtain and test Windows 10 to ensure that the first iteration meets your needs and then watch as new features are rolled out over time. Windows 10 is quickly becoming a fantastic fix to Windows 8.1, melding the desktop and the Windows 8.x Start screen in a much better way, but this should still be considered a first release. Companies know that it sometimes takes Microsoft 1 or 2 service packs before the majority of bugs are ironed-out. And, even though Windows 10 will eliminate the need for service packs due to the new feature schedules and updating cadence, it still may take a few iterations before it’s a solid, enterprise-wide deployment. In a way, Windows 10 is still haunted by Microsoft's ghosts of the past. The company is trying to shed that image, and doing so successfully in some cases, but it's difficult to let go and offer complete trust after being burned so many times in the past. Just be sensible for the sake of business operations.