Have you gotten your hands on the free upgrade to Windows 10 yet? You haven’t?? Well, don’t worry, Microsoft recently made an announcement that will impact you, your customers, their employees and your approach to IT whether you want it or not.

retro_humor scream (1)Starting in early 2016, possibly while we are all attending Citrix Summit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas January 11 – 13 (subtle, right?), Microsoft will reclassify the update to Windows 10 from “optional” to “recommended.”

This means that on millions of Windows 7 and 8.1 devices, whose update settings were left at the default, people will find themselves updating to Windows 10 without their explicit consent. “Recommended” updates are automatically applied in the background!

Now, as we have said before, these same employees expect to bring these newly minted Windows 10 devices into work the next day and simply do… their… jobs. But, one question looms over our heads like a cloud (and I’m not talking about Azure cloud).

“Will you support your end users who are automatically upgraded to Windows 10?”

According to a recent article by NETWORKWORLD, Dell and HP support reps are telling users to downgrade or uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 8 or even 7.

When I read things like this it makes me want to scream and pull out the last vestiges of my hair. There is no need for this drastic pendulum swing backward. Yes, I understand there are apps that may not be 100% compatible with Windows 10. There will likely be web apps that don’t work well on the Edge browser. But the answer is not to go back to Windows 8.

“Ok, smart guy, what is the answer?”

Ah, for that and more you should join me at Summit and drink in as many of the XenDesktop, XenApp, and AppDNA sessions as possible. Registration is open and the last time I looked, there were limited spots left.

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