Windows 10 is off to a very fast start, with most organizations already piloting and deploying the new operating system. One of the main concerns with any new operating system is compatibility with existing apps and web pages, and feedback from customers on Windows 10 compatibility has been extremely positive, with early customers reporting compatibility rates above 99%.
We have achieved this high level of compatibility using multiple approaches:
- We haven’t made any significant changes to the existing Win32 APIs, which helps ensure desktop app compatibility (minimal changes mean minimal compatibility risk).
- We still include Internet Explorer 11 and its Enterprise Mode capabilities in Windows 10 to provide compatibility with existing web apps.
- We are making smaller changes to the OS with each Windows 10 feature update, delivering new features incrementally instead of in one large bundle every 3-5 years.
- We are monitoring feedback during the Insider Preview process so that we can quickly address any compatibility issues encountered.
Even with high compatibility in Windows 10, IT professionals are always on the lookout for information to give them an even higher level of confidence that business critical applications they use will be compatible with Windows. Testing every app and device in your organization isn’t feasible, so the real question is, where do you focus your compatibility testing efforts to gain that peace of mind?
Announcing Windows Upgrade Analytics
The Windows Upgrade Analytics Service allows organizations to quickly identify and focus on the critical issues impeding upgrades to Windows, using a cloud-based portal that provides deep insight into the apps and devices within the organization. Now available in a free public preview, this service allows IT to turn on telemetry about apps, devices and drivers from an organization’s Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 PCs that is then used to develop a customized view aiding the migration to Windows 10.
Windows Upgrade Analytics is built on top of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite and its rich business intelligence reporting features, providing data-driven tools to help organizations manage the upgrade process from pilot to production through a visual workflow.
Microsoft Ready for Windows Website
Microsoft Ready for Windows is a new web site at www.readyforwindows.com that lists commercial applications that support Windows 10. You will be able to search the directory for compatible apps and upgrade to Windows 10 with confidence knowing the business apps you on are Windows Ready today. This site also shows which apps are considered by Microsoft to be healthy or unhealthy based on which apps run reliably with the minimal number of hangs, crashes, or restarts. We think that IT Pros will be able to use the site to check how widely deployed and supported the software in their organization is on Windows 10, and will find this information valuable to determine which apps to test and deploy within the enterprise.
We understand that compatibility matters to you and want to ensure that your apps will run as expected on all supported versions of Windows. You can find out more about these initiatives and Windows 10 app compatibility in general on MSDN for developers and TechNet for IT Pros.
If you’re not finding what you’re looking for on Ready for Windows, you can talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have feedback, comments or questions about Windows Upgrade Analytics please contact us on our blog. We’d love to learn more about your needs, get your feedback on these new initiatives, and see how we can help.
We hope that these announcements further simplify your Windows 10 rollouts.