The response to Windows 10 has been incredible with over 200 million devices running Windows 10 around the world. A portion of that excitement is due to our popular free upgrade offer on qualified Windows 7 and 8.1 devices running Windows Home and Pro editions.
Many consumers have taken advantage of this offer thanks to an easy-to-use app called “Get Windows 10”. This app introduces users to Windows 10, checks their PC for compatibility with Windows 10, and notifies the user when their PC is ready to upgrade. The Get Windows 10 app has been a popular method for consumers to quickly and easily upgrade to Windows 10.
Making the “Get Windows 10” app available for small businesses and other small organizations
Because of ongoing customer requests from many small businesses and other small organizations to easily take advantage of the free upgrade, we will soon make the Get Windows 10 app available to them as well.
Like consumers, small businesses and organizations will soon be able to receive notifications about the upgrade and then directly upgrade to Windows 10 through an easy-to-use interface right from the system tray on their Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro PC.
We will begin to roll out the “Get Windows 10” app to additional devices that meet the following criteria, in the US later this month and in additional markets shortly thereafter:
Running and licensed for Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro
Configured to receive updates directly from the Windows Update service (i.e. updates are not managed by WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager on those devices)
Joined to an Active Directory domain
For organizations that don’t want to use the Get Windows 10 app
We are also aware there are instances where business customers may not want to individually upgrade their devices. To support these organizations, we are offering different options to receive and manage updating to Windows 10, such as:
Organizations with IT departments who prefer to upgrade themselves. We have details on how IT administrators can prevent the “Get Windows 10” app from running on employees’ devices in the support article KB3080351.
Large corporations running Windows Enterprise edition or using onsite updating tools. The “Get Windows 10” app will not be introduced to PCs in large corporations who run Enterprise edition or who prefer to manage their own updates with onsite tools (including WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager.)
We believe these changes balance the needs of small businesses and organizations that want to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer to do so more easily, while providing organizations of all sizes the tools and controls they need.
As always, we welcome feedback and suggestions on all areas of Windows 10 through the Windows Insider program.