by Andrew Okwuosah, a digital editor
September 3, 2015
Windows 10: It’s an update so big Microsoft literally skipped Windows 9.
All jokes aside, Windows 10 is a realization of the Redmond, WA-based company’s new ambition under CEO Satya Nadella: A single, universal experience, whether it’s on a traditional desktop, tablet, phone, Xbox, or even virtual reality headset.
It’s clear that users are latching on to that vision. The operating system has now been installed on over 110 million devices in the first three months of its life, according to Microsoft. However, one question still remains: Will businesses adopt Windows 10 like they have Windows 7 and Windows XP?
“Windows 10 will be our greatest platform ever for organizations and their employees. There are several reasons that business customers, in particular, should take notice of Windows 10. It’s not just more familiar from a user experience standpoint. We have built so much of what businesses need right into the core of this product, and provide a better experience for the modern needs of the business. We’re also providing businesses with more choice in how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and are delivering continued improvements based on customer feedback,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Most of the modern business world is powered by computers running Windows 7 or Windows XP, but as both operating systems’ end-of-life (EOL) periods near (Windows XP’s EOL came last April and 7’s is coming in 2020), Microsoft is aiming to push on Windows 10 to its consumers.
However, as Microsoft’s treasured Windows has aged, technology has seemed to pass the platform by with tablets and Google’s low-cost Chromebooks becoming more and more common in both the business and education worlds. If Microsoft wants to remain the top dog in the business world, they need Windows 10 to be a hit.
For school districts, Microsoft hopes that Windows 10 will become the experience seen by thousands of students and teachers regularly.
“Windows 10 will be great in the classroom. I am hoping that we will be able to download the upgrade here in the county soon. This will give me the opportunity as a teacher to integrate technology within the classroom without having to purchase expensive hardware that does many of the same tasks that Windows 10 will allow me to do. With Windows 10, I will be able to create, draw shapes, make mind maps all for an engaged learning environment while I am in teachable moments during my presentations to students,” computer science teacher Tanisha Foust said.
A key point of consideration for school districts hoping to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon is whether students can actually use what they’re being force-fed.
“I like when you get on the start menu and there are the tabs for settings, [Microsoft] Word, everything,” Sophomore Taylor Boykin said.
Ultimately, students are going to decide the success or monstrosity that Windows 10 turns out to be remembered.