Windows 10 release and 5 things to know

1. Your Free Upgrade Lasts a Whole Year I'm sure this isn't news to you, but just because Windows 10 debuts this Wednesday, doesn't mean you have to upgrade right away. As mentioned above, you have a full year to upgrade your clients' eligible devices for free. There's been a lot of industry hype and anticipation for the big day, but what's the rush? 2. You Can Install the Windows 10 Technical Preview before Deploying for Real Last October, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview for IT professionals who were eager to get a firsthand look at the upcoming OS. So far, Microsoft has been receptive to initial feedback and has developed new features and builds that have the IT community buzzing. Among the most highly discussed features are the return of the Windows 7-style start button, the brand new web browser, Microsoft Edge and the ability to have multiple virtual desktop views. To read how your peers have responded to this teaser trailer, you can follow along on this Spiceworks thread dedicated to discussing the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here are some select reactions about the new OS: 3. Microsoft Will Still Release Security Updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8 We usually stress the urgency of upgrading your OS when it gets the end of support kiss of death, as was the case with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. But this is a different scenario since Windows 7 and Windows 8 will still be supported for years to come. In 9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 - yet, Preston Gralla shares that Microsoft will issue security patches for Windows 7 until January 2020 and for Windows 8 until January 2023. He doesn't think MSPs should feel pressured to act this Wednesday and even suggests sticking with Windows 7 for the time being since "Windows 10 undoes the damage done by Windows 8, an operating system that was built more for touch devices than for traditional PCs." Whatever your personal OS preferences may be, note that you should not feel compelled to upgrade to Windows 10 out of concern for security vulnerabilities. In fact, you may want to delay upgrading for this very reason. 4. You Can Blacklist Microsoft Security Patches Did you know patch-testing was an option that's available to you? White-listing and black-listing patches is simply a process of identifying those patches that have been tested and approved for installation, as well as those that have been deemed unsafe. When you're a Continuum partner, for instance, our team of 600+ certified Network Operations Center (NOC) tests each Microsoft security patch before deploying to your end users. If you don't want your clients to receive automatic updates, you can blacklist the KB3035583 update from getting pushed out from the remote monitoring and management (RMM) agent. Click here for more information! 5 I didnt get a notice about Windows 10 According to Microsoft's Windows 10 FAQs, users won't see the upgrade icon in their system tray if: 1.Their device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update. 2.Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically. 3.You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality. 4.Their device is not running genuine Windows.