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Beyond Windows 10: 6 Microsoft Releases To Watch

After the global rollout of Windows 10, we look at what's coming up for Microsoft's new operating system and overall product lineup.
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From the time Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 through its launch on July 29, 2015, the new operating system has been at the forefront of Redmond's news cycle.

For six months, Microsoft consistently released details on the many changes and new features we would see in Windows 10. Windows Insiders and customers watched, listened, and explored news articles and preview builds as they familiarized themselves with the OS. The publicity frenzy came to a turning point last week, when Windows 10 was released in 190 countries.

Though there are still many customers awaiting upgrade notifications, the Windows 10 release is no longer a future event on our Outlook calendars. Now that launch day has come and gone, what can we expect to see next?

[Windows 10: Pros and Cons]

The development and release of Windows 10 haven't been the only items on Microsoft's 2015 to-do list, but they have been the most significant. As it closes out another fiscal year, Microsoft is pinning a lot of hope on Windows 10 to carry it into a successful and profitable future.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced three core ambitions around which it will build its lineup of products and services: Enable more personal computing, reinvent productivity and business processes, and build the intelligent cloud. The launch of Windows 10 aligns closely with Microsoft's mission, but so do several other projects Microsoft is working to complete for FY 2016.

In addition to numerous batches of fixes and features for Windows 10, Microsoft is planning to launch a series of additions for enterprise Windows 10 PCs, a beta version of SharePoint, and Windows 10 Mobile. Read on to learn more about the announcements we're looking forward to seeing from Redmond throughout 2015 and beyond.

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SaneIT
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8/10/2015 | 8:25:48 AM
Re: Sharepoint
On the WSS and SharePoint note, I've sworn to never upgrade a site again.  It will always be standing up a new site and migrating.  I had a handful of migrations go about how yours sounded and decided.  I do wonder how Microsoft is going to handle updates to SharePoint since it is very tightly tied to Office 365.
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Li Tan,
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8/9/2015 | 5:15:13 AM
Re: Win 10 enterprise store
I hope they do this and that it behaves like current app stores but with your company's supported/licensed applications.

I like this idea - there should be enterprise app store instead of just pushing software to end-users' laptop. The end user should choose what they really need/want.

 
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8/5/2015 | 12:52:11 PM
Sharepoint
Ugh. Just completing a migration from WSS 3.0 (SP 2007 vintage) to SP 2013 Foundation. One of the nastiest, most confounding experiences of my career and I've been working on ERP systems for almost 30 years.

To be fair, the only real problem was with their Search service, which is not really a migration issue. But it just didn't work, been troubleshooting for almost 3 weeks now. Just today finally had a breakthrough, appears it was Windows Server 2012 permission issues deep in .NET implementation which prevented key services from running that Search depends on. And I mean permissions for local users group and Local System that should have been there. Or were there and that stupid UAC stuff was screwing it up.

Hopefully I'm retired before I have to mess with SP 2016 or beyond. The sad thing is, MS brought very little new business value in SP 2013. It runs faster and works without being in Quirks mode in IE, meaning it now can work in Chrome and other browsers. But beyond that, hard to find anything useful unless you are into that My Sites stuff. Be interesting to see what SP 2016 says it can do.
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SaneIT,
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8/4/2015 | 8:23:59 AM
Win 10 enterprise store
I hope they do this and that it behaves like current app stores but with your company's supported/licensed applications.  Yes there are solutions for software pushes now but I just had a conversation with someone last week about them "discovering" that we had a software package available to them and already installed on their PC that they didn't know about.  I feel like a corporate app store would go a long way to helping the average user see what is available to them, if you tell them they just see a list of things and ignore it.  Putting it out there for them to search through will get them thinking. 
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