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18th June 2021
Probably not the most exciting title, but it’s been a very interesting week in the world of Operating Systems.
The End of Windows 10
This one has been getting quite a bit of mainstream press this week. Microsoft has said that it will stop supporting Windows 10 in 2025 and the tech world is gearing up for them to unveil its successor later this month.
It’s an interesting step. On the one hand, I’m not remotely surprised about there being a new release of Windows (I just totted up and I have worked on 10 different flavours of Windows during my career). It’s hardly news therefore that a new version of Windows is coming…
But curiously, it is mainstream news, and this is mainly because Microsoft stated back in 2015 that Windows 10 was the “last” full version of Windows to be released – everything would be a SaaS update from here on in… and for the last 7 years, that’s been true.
However, the reality is that the latest build of Windows 10, whilst a significant update to that released in 2015, is now hanging on to quite a lot of features in the OS that look a bit out of step with the times. In particular, the Start Menu (or core reason for an OS really) is actually a pretty confusing mess these days. Live tiles never really took off and most users just pin what they need to the taskbar or type/search for what they need. Add in features like Cortana that never took off and there is a fair bit of bloat in the OS now that could do with ‘re-imagining’.
As mentioned before, we also have in the background the fact that Microsoft has been getting left behind by Apple’s slam dunk OS/Chipset integration for non-Intel silicon powered Mac devices.
So, whilst it’s a PITA to update Windows versions in the Enterprise, the reality is that Windows 10 probably does need a refresh – in particular, it will by 2025. I can’t wait to see what they announce but remember that if you start working on a proper Modern Windows 10 build then the likelihood is that the change to the new version is going to be a hell of a lot easier! Get in touch if you need help with this.
Apple iOS is splitting
The other big OS news that Apple announced at WWDC, is that iOS 15 will be the first update for iOS that is optional.
The following wording on the iOS 15 Preview page from Apple states:
‘iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.’
This is MASSIVE news for the Enterprise market… Apple is actually allowing users for the first time to choose to lag behind on features!
Enterprises want security updates, but the monolithic nature of iOS to date has meant this has always come with the operational pain of also updating and supporting quite a lot of other stuff.
Now the Admins get to choose! Well… they will if the device is Supervised / Apple Business Manager enrolled (which they should be these days if they are corporately owned).
Note also that iOS 15 is compatible with iPhone 6s or later (with some features not supported). Readers who remember the “old phone challenge” will remember that we looked at how the 6s had remarkable staying power as a handset – and it is now going to get another year in the sun. That old iPhone 6s (admittedly with a new battery) is still going strong. Admittedly the 6s hardware is pretty old hat now, so the fact it can run iOS 15 at all is pretty cool, but I know that even iOS 14 pushed the phone already to its limits, with Carplay particularly stressing the device to the point where it would shut down due to the heat. So maybe sticking with iOS 14 will also be a good option for other older hardware too.
And Enterprises love to sweat the iPhone assets – maybe they can squeeze another year out!
Again – watch this space and start planning for it… or get in touch for help with this.
Or if you do want to actually refresh the estate ready for iOS 15 then we’ll help with that also!