Over the past few years, we have received feedback that our Windows 10 and Office 365 timeline graphics have been beneficial to those in the IT space, especially with the timelines being updated regularly. Now with the new OS of Windows 11, how does this change things going forward in terms of servicing? We've created a new graphic with the current Windows 11 and Windows 10 update policies, to show how this will affect enterprises going forward.
Theoretically speaking, Wave Planning (also known as Windows Deployment and Ring Scoping) is an easy-to-understand concept: you divide your estate into different waves (or rings) and deploy them accordingly. For example, you might choose a careful approach and only put 5% of your IT team in a pilot 1 ring, and as soon as the new OS version is released, they will be the first ones migrated. Once that is complete, maybe you want to move the rest of your IT team and 5% of business unit end users (friendlies who volunteered) as part of a second pilot before going into a broader deployment.
Aug 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Last week we explored why so many enterprises are stuck on a particular Windows 10 version, 1809 to be exact. This situation is causing millions of enterprise users to run on an unsupported operating system which not only opens them up to possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities but also impacts their performance and productivity.
However, with the somewhat surprising announcement of Windows 11, many possible upgrade strategies have to be reconsidered — leaving many organizations asking which version they should upgrade to if they are currently stuck on Windows 10 version 1809, and whether or not they should consider Windows 11 at this point.
Aug 10, 2021 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
In a recent vendor briefing with Gartner about how to best manage the Windows Servicing process, the Gartner analysts mentioned that they are currently getting a lot of questions from enterprises are stuck on Windows 10 1809. This reflects our experience as well. In the past five or six months, we have increasingly gotten inquiries from large companies who had initially migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and had planned to use the support windows to sort out their Evergreen IT management, but they never got around to it because COVID struck.
That is why today I want to take a closer look at why these organizations are getting stuck and show you the steps you can take to get unstuck in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
Jun 10, 2021 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
For months, there have been hints. Microsoft watchers like Mary J. Foley, Zac Bowden, and Tom Warren have been talking about an upcoming "big update" for at least twelve months. Now, Microsoft announced that on June 24th, 2021 at 11 am EST they will provide more details about their upcoming "next generation of Windows". But should we expect a completely new OS?
For the past five and a half years, we at Juriba have documented Microsoft's Windows 10 Release and End-of-Life Dates and analyzed any Service Channel updates. For example, in 2019 we wrote about the fact that Microsoft made 19H2 a cumulative update and decoupled new features from its bi-annual Feature Updates starting with its 20H1 release. While we have to wait for June 24th, 2021 for the official announcements, I wanted to quickly do a write-up of what we actually know and put things in perspective.
Spoiler alert: Don't panic (yet).
Apr 6, 2020 1:53:45 PM / by Barry Angell
It's hard to keep up with the news these days as things move so rapidly in this unprecedented and uncertain time. But there are also rays of hope. Companies are finding innovative ways to serve their customers, extending leniencies in terms of support and payment plans, or even finding new ways how their products and services can be applied in this new working environment.
Microsoft has trickled out several announcements over the last few weeks regarding their Windows 10 support model, release schedule changes, and more. While you might have seen one or two already, we will summarize all of them below because you have other things to do right now than read two dozen news articles.
Feb 3, 2020 7:41:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Now that Windows 7 is a thing of the past, enterprises have no choice but to complete their Windows 10 migrations — and with that, get on the treadmill of Windows 10 upgrade management as Microsoft is releasing two major feature upgrades every year: one in spring (18 months support) and one in fall (30 months support).
Microsoft's preferred way for organizations to manage their Windows-as-a-Service is to adopt an Evergreen IT approach that allows you to organize your IT environment in such a way that you can upgrade all of your users within six to nine months in Business-as-Usual mode.
Jan 14, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
This blog post has been updated as of May 2021, and will continue to be updated when there are changes to Windows 10 release and EOL dates, and other major revisions.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has changed the EOL dates of its Windows 10 versions — some of them multiple times — leading to confusion as to when specific versions are actually going to finish their support cycle. A lot of the confusion is due to the following facts:
Dec 30, 2019 7:58:00 AM / by Barry Angell
On December 16th 2019, Microsoft's Senior Program Manager for the Windows Insider Program, Brandon LeBlanc, announced in a blog post that the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19536 (an early version of the 20H1) was available. However, other parts of his article made seasoned Microsoft experts wonder whether or not the software giant decouples its feature releases from its official Windows 10 upgrade releases.
Nov 25, 2019 1:57:46 PM / by Barry Angell
The title is one of the biggest questions enterprises face when deciding on a Windows 10 migration and/or upgrade approach for their estate. In other words, how will they determine when to migrate whom?
Generally, there are two ways you could do this:
- Assign everyone a migration date and work towards that date (we call this approach right-to-left), or
- You dynamically calculate the best candidates and provide migration dates accordingly (we refer to this as left-to-right).
While both ways have their pros and cons, one is definitely better suited for today's fast-paced changes and to manage Evergreen IT. Let's take a closer look.