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Windows 10 Adoption To Soar, Workplace Diversity Fail: Microsoft Roundup

Microsoft this week yanked and restored its latest Windows 10 update, released disappointing workplace diversity numbers, and marked down products for Black Friday.

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It may have been a holiday week, but it brought the usual bundle of Microsoft news before Redmond swapped its tablets for turkey. Updates focused on Windows 10, workplace diversity, and Black Friday deals.

This week kicked off with a new report from Gartner, which predicts Windows 10 will set records in enterprise migration for Microsoft. The research firm anticipates half of enterprises will have begun deploying Windows 10 by 2017, with many starting pilot programs in the first half of 2016 and expanding later in the year.

There are several factors driving enterprise adoption of Windows 10, which is already running on 12 million business PCs. Its compatibility with Windows 7 apps and devices, and the looming termination of Windows 7 support in January 2020, will also contribute to Windows 10 growth.

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Microsoft took a step backward this week when it pulled its November Windows 10 update. The update, which was originally released Nov. 12, was the first major update to roll out since Windows 10 launched in July.

At first it was unclear why Microsoft stopped allowing users to download the newest version of Windows 10 through the Media Creation Tool (MCT). Later in the week, Microsoft explained how it halted downloads because the update caused problems for some users' privacy settings.

"When the November update was installed, a few settings preferences may have inadvertently not been retained for advertising ID, background apps, SmartScreen Filter, and Sync with devices," the company explained. The update has been restored.

Unfortunately, pulling its Windows 10 update wasn't the only backward step Microsoft took this week. Redmond released the latest data on its workplace diversity, which indicates the company has more males, and slightly more racial and ethnic minorities, than in years prior.

The company pointed to its July 2015 layoffs, the result of a restructured phone business, as the reason behind the 2% drop in its female workforce. Positive numbers include an all-time high in the number of women in senior leadership roles, and more African-American and Hispanic executives appointed as corporate vice presidents (CVPs).

Microsoft acknowledged the disappointing numbers and stated its current hiring efforts are setting the stage for an increase in diversity. More of its university hires are women and minorities, with the number of women being hired for technical roles jumping from 23.7% in 2014 to 26.1% in 2015.

(Image: Nicolas McComber/iStockPhoto)

(Image: Nicolas McComber/iStockPhoto)

If this week has already put you in holiday shopping mode, it's worth checking out the Microsoft Store and Windows Store, which are ringing in the season with discounts on hardware, entertainment, and apps.

On the hardware front, customers can snag discounted prices on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Surface 3, and PCs from Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Asus. Deals on games and consoles are available until Nov. 30.

Microsoft is marking the expansion of Windows 10 by offering 10-cent deals on movies, apps, music, and games from the Windows Store. New deals are available on the Store each day through Nov. 30.

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Daryl Ullman at Emerset
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Daryl Ullman at Emerset,
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12/6/2015 | 12:30:53 PM
Re: Windows 7 Support
Microsoft Licensing has been slowly implementing their "Next Generation Volume Licensing".  Of course since it's Microsoft, they have to abbreviate it so most refer to it as NGVL.  One of the first deliverables was the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA).  Another was when they combined the PUR and Product List into a "Product Terms" document.  The stated goal of NGVL is to simplify software licensing but I wouldn't be surprised if they also change some of their support policies.

 
batye
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batye,
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12/5/2015 | 9:42:11 PM
Re: Windows 7 Support
@Daryl, I think we gonna see few changes the way Microsoft do things for MS Volume Licensing customers...
batye
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12/5/2015 | 9:40:38 PM
Re: Microrsoft 10: Microsoft Offers and Limited Offers
@Technocrati, I think Microsoft only offers free upgrade to Windows 10 for one year... unless they change it again... the terms of the offer...
batye
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batye,
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12/5/2015 | 9:33:17 PM
Re: Windows 7 Support
@progman2000, same here, I try to hold on to the old technology and hardware... in my books I called better safe with the old than sorry with the new :)
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11/30/2015 | 9:43:26 AM
Women in tech
As ridiculous as I find it, I do sometimes hear that male techies don't take their female colleagues seriously and that some customers don't take she-techies seriously either.  But the professor who taught my very first college CS course after I was admitted to the major (in 1984) was a woman, there were women in every single CS class I took, the manager who hired me for my very first real programming job was a woman, one the programmers in the group I worked in with that employer was female, and my younger sister has been working in the field since shortly after she got her mathematics degree in the late 1990s.

One of the obligations associated with being a professional is acting like a lady or gentleman on the job and treating colleagues and clients accordingly.  This involves treating people with respect, even if you personally don't think they should be there.  And those who doubt the aptitude of most women for the technical professions should remember that even if they're right, that some women do have the aptitude, as has been demonstrated repeatedly over many decades.  The numbers of men and women in the technical professions may never be equal (psychological differences between male and female are very real and among the most profound of all differences existing between human beings), but common courtesy and insisting on looking at people as individuals instead of as members of groups would go a long way toward alleviating the discomfort many women feel in working in an overwhelmingly male profession, thus helping to reduce the imbalance.

And as seems necessary, managers may want to follow the example of Bill Veeck, who in 1947, as owner of the Cleveland Indians, hired Larry Doby as the first black player in the American League, had his manager personally introduce him to his teammates and "got rid" of the three who refused to shake his hand (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Veeck#Cleveland_Indians).
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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11/29/2015 | 7:42:37 PM
Microrsoft 10: Microsoft Offers and Limited Offers

Rebooted my machine recently and was all set to go through the usual "pop-up" kills, which usually includes the one asking do I want to upgrade to Windows 10 today ?

Well, this time in Microsoft's apparent attempt to prove it can edit the message of a script - the offer was changed to "for a limited time".   I wonder what changed ?    How could we have gone from a friendly offer to a limited time pressured one ?

Considering I was going to upgrade this 8.1 system of mine, I succumbed to the pressure only to find on my first try that I didn't have enough free space !

Some thing never change.  But my HD space did and now I have microsoft's duanted limited offer.  

I have not looked around yet, I wonder if there is a time limit on that as well.

progman2000
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progman2000,
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11/29/2015 | 12:27:53 PM
Re: Windows 7 Support
That would be nice. I am a notorious late adopter. It wasn't that long ago that I upgraded from XP to Win7.
Daryl Ullman at Emerset
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11/29/2015 | 11:27:02 AM
Windows 7 Support
It will be interesting to see whether MS will offer selective extensions to Windows 7 Extended Support (beyond 1/14/2020) as they did for some organizations that were still running XP at the deadline.  Our consulting firm works with many MS Volume Licensing customers and more than a few of them don't have Windows 10 on their five year roadmap.
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