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"U.S. DoD to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 by February 2017", ZDNet


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#1 Aura

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:37 AM

The U.S. Department of Defense's Secretary of Defense is directing all DoD agencies running legacy Windows versions to standardize on Windows 10 and deploy it starting immediately.

The DoD's goal is to upgrade approximately "4 million devices and systems" by February 2017, according to a February 17 Microsoft blog post. (I've asked if this total includes phones, too, but haven't been able to find out so far.)

"I'm expecting all this to happen in a year. To me, this means they know their prior Windows machines aren't that secure and this is of the highest importance. The DoD is typically the last to roll things out as it's viewed as safer and more secure. The opposite is turn now. Hackers are moving so fast, the DoD needs the latest tech to combat it," said Patrick Moorhead, President and principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy.


Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/u-s-department-of-defense-to-upgrade-4-million-devices-to-windows-10-by-february-2017/

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 04:33 PM

Thank you I really liked this article and the others linked to as well.

 

I have to wonder though if the DOD is migrateing because win 10 is better or someone was able to convince them to do it now while they would have time to fix any flaws, or wait until win 10 was the only windows OS left and they had no choice.

 

In a few years win 10 will be the only windows OS there is.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 06:12 PM

The DoD always has choices, and has been known to make some really stupid ones.  There were some significant functions still running under WinXP when I was last paying attention, which was about a year ago.

 

Kudos to whoever made this decision and is pushing it.  I will never understand why large bureaucracies, whether governmental, military, or in the private sector, insist on dragging their feet on technology upgrading.  It's not like anyone's asking them to be bleeding edge, but many take delaying to uncharted depths of stupidity.  It's better to go with the flow incrementally and as it's happening rather than doing so when something breaks, and often catastrophically, because you've adamantly refused to update due to concerns that cannot even be precisely articulated.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:36 PM

I would think something as big as the DOD would be smart enough to have the latest and greatest technology and be able to use it.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:48 PM

I would think something as big as the DOD would be smart enough to have the latest and greatest technology and be able to use it.

 

Oh, m'dear, you are so, so gravely mistaken.  Ask those who work for the DoD or who are or have ever been technology-related contractors to the DoD.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:50 AM

One must always bear in mind the Government and its agencies buy goods and services from the lowest bidder. Not always the best stuff offered for sale.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:57 AM

One must always bear in mind the Government and its agencies buy goods and services from the lowest bidder. Not always the best stuff offered for sale.


Yeah, I don't really see the government doing a full transition to OS X, even if it was free. And if this was true, the government would be running Linux on every single one of their computer.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:05 PM

U.S. DoD to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 by February 2017

 

Great. They can spy on themselves then :-)


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