Stained glass belongs in a church, not your Windows 10 migrations.

Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 10! You can hardly open a web page, turn on the TV, or ride on a bus today without being inundated with Windows 10 advertising. And as a System Administrator, VP of IT, CIO or any of the other roles that play a big part in keeping the technology wheels of your company spinning, it may be a bit overwhelming. This is because a perfect storm has been brewing for the past several years and it has come to a head with Windows 10.

First, we have been embracing and supporting a Bring Your Own (BYO) culture for our employees and it has worked. Employees are increasingly using personal devices to not only check FaceBook at work but to be productive at work. Second, our employee base has become increasing technical savvy. No longer is it the guy with a desk in the server room that can install or update applications. “App” is as common today as a stocked bar in an office was in 1969. And lastly, Microsoft made the upgrade to Windows 10 available to consumers for free. And boy did they ever take advantage of it with tens of millions of devices upgraded shortly after availability.

The challenge posed to those of us in corporate IT is, “How do I let my employees upgrade to Windows 10 before I’ve created my own migration strategy?”

The good news is that Citrix has released a treasure trove of information to help steer you through this new age of employee disruption.

First, there is a new resource web page dedicated to Windows 10. Here you will find links and a series of short videos devoted to helping you support your employees upgrading to Windows 10 on their BYO devices as well as tools to help you formulate your own migration approach.

In the first video we address the issue of employee driven upgrades and their expectation to continue accessing their corporate applications, and even web apps from the new Edge browser. And if they can’t then their productivity could grind to a halt. And trust me, saying “Sorry, we don’t support you” won’t cut it for long.

In the second video we look into tools available to assess the effort required to migrate your LOB apps to Windows 10 and yes, even the Edge browser for SaaS apps. If you still plan to approach it like you did in Windows 7 then this upgrade will prove to be just as “fun”. {sarcasm}

The third in this initial series addresses concerns with the “rolling thunder” of Windows 10 updates. That’s right, you may have heard the saying that this is the last major Windows release. This is because Microsoft will be releasing new features and function on a much more rapid cadence. How will you manage this “rolling thunder”?

Also, we are hosting a new webinar live on October 7 that will help you translate the Microsoft Marketing Speak into reality. Guaranteed better than Google Translate.

There is an old Latin term, “defenestration,” which literally means to throw something out the window. But if what you throw out the window is your Windows 10 migration, then is that “self-defenestration”?