U.S. Army’s CIO outlines the top 10 things about the transition to Windows 10

Kit McDonald

Switching to Windows 10 had a mixed experience depending on whom you ask. However, for the U.S. Army, the full switch is getting a Grade A military treatment. “The Army is treating the Windows 10 rollout as a military operation,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian S. Wimmer according to the Army Times article released just yesterday.

The article continues to go into detail about their ’10 things to know’ about the Army’s transition over to Windows 10. In the next few months, test groups will begin rolling out with the new operating system. First in Europe, then for stations in the United States, Southwest Asia, then finishing up in the Pacific/Koreas earlier in the next year.

But they don’t expect every computer to be able to support the change. Some ‘legacy computers’ will need to whitelist many of the applications and programs necessary for functionality. And don’t expect our service men and women to be distracted by Xbox games through the Windows Store since those sorts of apps are often blocked, or so says Col. Mark Orwat, chief of the CIO’s installation and integration division.

The effort is a mandated requirement for the Army to implement a more stable and secure operating system across their network. It will be rolling out in the next few weeks over 1.1 million pieces of equipment with a transitional website and tech experts to help through the process.

Adopted as the most secure and accessible Windows system to date, Windows 10 has overturned its predecessors for millions of devices and has earned the U.S. military stamp of approval. If you haven’t switched to Windows 10 yet, you’ve likely missed your chance to take advantage of the free upgrade. Now, if you’d like to upgrade previous installations of Windows OS, you will need to either purchase the product from the Microsoft store. For those that use assistive technologies, the free upgrade is still accessible for an undiscernible amount of time.