It’s official, Microsoft Windows 10 was officially released to the general public last month and consumers and businesses are quickly getting onboard. Microsoft describes it as: “familiar and easy to use with similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.”
Microsoft is being very aggressive with this operating system release, unlike previous releases. It is their goal to have Win10 installed on one billion devices in two to three years. Although support for Win7 doesn’t officially end until January 2020, Microsoft does have an aggressive campaign in an effort to reduce fragmentation and provide a consistent user experience.
Furthermore, Microsoft is pushing large enterprise customers to quickly adopt the release. For example, Windows 10 has advanced features specific to the enterprise customer, like: management tools that can assist with automatically configuring new user devices and even more importantly, enhanced security improvements such as “Windows Hello” which lets end users login with face recognition and fingerprint technology.
Even though Windows 10 went live last month, it has been in public beta testing since October 2014. Over the last year software companies have had an opportunity to understand the changes, test the changes with their applications that rely on them and most importantly, implement them. Companies that did not get onboard with the operating system upgrade or developed to non-standard proprietary technologies are definitely finding themselves behind the curve and supporting issues with their applications that are affecting their customers due to quick adoption.
Our developers and product managers have been proactively planning the rollout of a “new Windows operating system release”, for our Safe-T Box product suite, including Safe-T Box Server, SmarTransfer desktop client, and Safe-T Outlook plugin for some time. In fact, the planning started many years ago based on a concept that we take very serious – “The Safe-T Approach” - build software that is based on standard non-proprietary technology that makes it very easy to integrate with virtually any third party platform, and the very reason why it natively supports new technologies when they’re designed to be backwards compatible – like new versions of Windows.
Software companies must be smart when developing new applications and products. They can take the approach of using proprietary non-standard technology that does not integrate well with other widely used and adopted platforms or they can take “The Safe-T Approach” of building software products based on standard non-proprietary technology that doesn’t break when a third party platform makes a change or releases a new version.
What and who is your choice for your mission-critical application?