Over the last year, Information Services has been testing Windows 10 to make sure that it is compatible with our major business systems (e.g. Qsis, Qfis). Testing has not revealed any significant issues.
Our strategy for migrating to Windows 10 is as follows:
- All already deployed desktop PCs and laptops supplied via Information Services are based on Windows 7 Enterprise – 64Bit, MS Office and Symantec Anti-Virus, with Windows update enabled by default. These devices will remain at Windows 7 until replaced by new devices as part of the normal PC/laptop refresh cycle between now and 2020.
- Information Services will install all new Windows devices with Windows 10 Enterprise – 64Bit, MS Office 2016 and Symantec Anti-Virus, with Windows Update enabled by default.
- Information Services plans to migrate all PCs in centrally managed Student Computing Centres to Windows 10 during summer 2018. Office 2013 will be upgraded to Office 2016 during summer 2017.
- Windows 10 can be used/installed on tablet devices, provided anti-virus and software updates are incorporated in the build.
- School based IT staff and any user wishing to upgrade to Windows 10, independently of Information Services, should ensure that their application set will perform properly in a Windows 10 environment.
Note: In all cases it is mandatory that computer builds, particularly mobile devices, comply with all data security requirements (including encryption) – please refer to our IT policies.
Some older systems may not have a suitable technical specification for upgrade to Windows 10. These will have to remain as a Windows 7 build until such times as budget is available to replace them, but before 2020.