Everyone reading this probably knows that Windows 10 is available for preview now and will probably be released sometime this year. Of course the most prevalent thought on many IT pros' minds is, "Windows 10 already? Ugh, no! We just got done with Windows 7!!"
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Fortunately the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 won't be nearly as bad as the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7.
There are lots of reasons for this. First and foremost, there's an actual upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 10. (In fact the "upgrade" can be as simple as a Windows Update!) Windows 7 and Windows 10 are much more similar than XP and 7. 7 and 10 use the same hardware, the same drivers, the same back-end management, and the same security model. Really from the IT standpoint, they're both the same thing.
This isn't to say that Windows 10 isn't a good thing or doesn't have features that are important. I'm just saying that from the IT standpoint, 7 and 10 aren't that different behind the scenes, and that's really good for us.
Once Windows 10 is out, Microsoft has said they'll make future Windows upgrades smaller and more frequent. So as we're looking at the 7 to 10 migration (err, "upgrade") as the first of this "new" style of simple and more frequent type of upgrade, we can also look at the XP to 7 migration as the last major Windows platform migration that we had to do.