U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10

Another Thumbs Up For Windows 10!

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The U.S. Department of Defense is committing to upgrade roughly four million devices and systems running legacy versions of Windows to Windows 10 by February 2017. This is a big vote of confidence for Windows 10, however what’s more interesting is how the U.S DoD came to take this bold decision!

In November 2015, Terry Halvorsen, CIO for the DoD, issued a memo directing all Combatant Commands, Services Agencies and Field Activities to rapidly deploy Windows 10 to improve the DoD’s cybersecurity, lower the cost of IT and streamline the IT operating environment.

That memo stated the DoD’s objective was to complete the deployment by January 2017. The CIOs of each branch would be allowed “limited waiver authority” for up to 12 months beyond the target deployment date; waivers beyond that 12 month period needed to be approved by Halvorsen, the memo said.

According to a February 17 Microsoft blog post, this mass deployment of Windows in the U.S Department of Defense is expected to be completed by February 2017. The announcement not doubt will send shock waves to government departments around, let alone the banking industry where security is absolutely. If the most secure government department on earth, can adopt Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system, then why can’t everybody else do so . . .oh by the way did I mention that you can download Windows 10 for free?

If you have already taken the leap to Windows 10 and you need training to make the most of its latest features, contact us today!

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