While business understand that XP is at its end of life and needs to move to a later version of Windows there are still about 10% of PCs running it. It just shows how difficult it can be to migrate hundreds, if not thousands of PCs to a later OS. Applications need to be checked, security needs to be proven, equipment refreshed or updated and so on.
It is easier however to move from Windows 7 and 8.x because Windows 10 is a free upgrade. Last week iTWire attended a Windows 10 Enterprise briefing where the difficulties of upgrade were discussed and largely dismissed – Windows 10 is more safe and stable than Windows 7.
The conclusion was that Windows 10 completed the puzzle that includes Office 365, Azure cloud and Active Directory services and all that brings in collaboration, unified communications and productivity.
HP has taken that many steps further with a suite of service offerings.
The new Windows 10 services include:
HP Test Drive Services for Windows 10. Customers can test W10 with a control group of users to evaluate the new user experience, capabilities and potential incompatibilities in advance of any larger scale migration. HP provides PC or tablet hardware plus transformation services that include migrating user data, migrating user settings and ensuring that all included users get the core apps they need on the new device. This enables the customer’s IT department, developers and users to gain valuable experience in the new environment without the typically large investment that normally accompanies the initiation of a migration to a new operating system.
HP Transformation Services for Windows 10 (starts 1 October). Comprises a full suite of services to assess, design, implement, deploy and support Windows 10 as part of a digital workplace transformation. The service builds and integrates supporting infrastructure, transforms client and web applications for the new environment, builds operating system images and manages the rollout.
HP Roadmap Service for Windows 10. A workshop based advisory service which will deliver a base roadmap for the organisation’s Windows 10 implementation with key focus areas in productivity, security and manageability improvements as well as designing how Windows 10 fits into a broader digital workplace transformation opportunity.
HP WebApp Accelerator Service for Internet Explorer 11. An implementation and migration service to ensure that an organisation’s critical web applications built for legacy versions of Internet Explorer will continue to function effectively in the latest browsers and operating systems.
These services are in addition to the recently announced Enterprise services for Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, and Skype for Business.
“HP’s unique relationship with Microsoft allows us to offer Windows 10 in a controlled manner integrated into the client’s world – giving both IT and the User the chance to experience the new operating system,” said Nick Wilson, managing director, HP South Pacific and general manager, Enterprise Services, HP South Pacific. “IT and developers get to validate the application portfolio in advance – lowering the cost and risk of a large scale migration, and the user sees innovation and a more personal computing experience.”