I’ve written about Microsoft Windows for nearly a quarter-century, and in all that time I have never worked on a project like this one. Then again, I’ve never seen anything quite like Windows 10 from Microsoft, either.
With the assistance of a skilled team at Microsoft Press, I wrote this book in two phases. The first edition, published in early 2015, was based on the Windows 10 Technical Preview. For this edition, I waited until the release of Windows 10 version 1511 in November 2015 so that I could include all of its enterprise-focused features.
Windows 10 represents a major transformation of the PC landscape. For IT pros who’ve grown comfortable managing Microsoft Windows using a familiar set of tools and best practices, this version contains a startling amount of new. A new user experience. A new app platform. New security features and new management tools. New ways of deploying major upgrades.
My goal in this book is to help you sort out what’s new in Windows 10, with a special emphasis on features that are different from the Windows versions you and your organization are using today. I’ve tried to lay out those facts in as neutral a fashion as possible, starting with an overview of the operating system, describing the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.
Although I’ve written in-depth guides to Windows in the past, this book is not one of those. It’s also not a review. Only you can decide whether, and how and when, to incorporate Windows 10 into your enterprise, based on your own organizational requirements. This book is designed to serve as a starting point so that you can get more out of your evaluation of Windows 10, which is why I have also included many links to external resources.
By design, this book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros. So you might find fewer tips and tricks about the new user experience than your users want but more about management, deployment, and security—which ultimately is what matters to the long-term well-being of the company you work for.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for any PC running a properly licensed copy of Windows 7
or Windows 8.1 retail and OEM editions. If your organization has a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows Enterprise edition with Software Assurance, you also haveaccess to Windows 10 at no cost. Even if you have no immediate plans to migrate your organization to the next version of Windows, now is the time to evaluate this new operating system.
I encourage you to share your feedback about this book directly with me. E-mail your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.