Windows 10 updates force enterprises to shift eval tactics

Enterprises will have to rethink the way they evaluate Microsoft operating systems, since Windows 10 may never really be done.

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Microsoft's new Windows development and updating scheme will force enterprises to rethink how they evaluate the company's operating systems.

"There is no doubt that the new update cadence Microsoft is planning for Windows 10 gives the company a lot of options around what RTM and finished really mean," said Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans, referring to "release to manufacturing," a Microsoft term that implies code is ready to distribute to device makers. "Windows 10 may never really be considered done, but rather will just move to the next level with the next update."

Microsoft's radical overhaul of Windows development and maintenance involves a rapid update and upgrade pace -- a massive departure from the company's previous three-years-and-done approach. Rather than release a new version of Windows and then support it with only minor bug fixes and security patches, Microsoft will adopt an accelerated release tempo with Windows 10, and will constantly add incremental features and functionality and change the user interface and user experience (UX).

"In the past, they've come up to the product launch -- bang. But if they really screwed something up, they had to wait three years to fix it," Kleynhans said.

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