Your work computer may look very different soon as Microsoft releases Windows 10. Some agencies have transitioned to Windows 7, but some agencies are still on Windows XP, which Microsoft doesn’t support any more. Roger Baker is former assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for information and technology at the Veterans Affairs Department. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pitfalls and benefits of managing a huge IT transition.
The world may be going mobile, but it’ll be a long time before regular computers disappear. That’s why Microsoft and Apple spend so much time and money on their core operating systems. Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, released yesterday. Curtis Franklin is the executive editor of Information Week. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what’s new in this version, and how this latest rollout could affect large organizations like federal offices.
The Defense Department is planning to upgrade all Microsoft information systems to Windows 10 by January 2017.
The Marine Corps is planning to transition to Windows 10 by the 2017 deadline, but it is still figuring out how.
The Army doesn’t think it will be able to adopt Windows 10 by the DoD’s deadline.
Chuck Elmore, the chief information officer of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, said he expects to move most of the agency’s 240 locations to the Air Force Network (AFNET) over the next year. But Elmore said the transition to Windows 10 will not be as easy.
The Army is behind schedule on transitioning to Windows 10 by 2017. Legacy systems are partly to blame.
The Army is approaching the migration the way it might approach Fallujah or Normandy — all out.
As the Army migrates all its PCs to Windows 10 over the next year, and the Army’s helpdesk isn’t yet equipped to handle the surge of tech support calls.
What the Army needs to worry about is a bathtub-shaped dip in productivity ’til people get used to what lies ahead.