HP has announced a suite of services aimed at making it easier for large organisations to migrate to Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, including evaluation and testing tools, transformation of infrastructure, and deployment.
Unveiled ahead of the availability of the Windows 10 Enterprise edition for volume licensing customers on 1 August, HP's latest services for enterprise customers comprise the HP Test Drive Services for Windows 10, HP Transformation Services for Windows 10, HP Roadmap Service for Windows 10, and the HP WebApp Accelerator Service for Internet Explorer 11.
HP said that the aim of the portfolio is to enable organisations to control the overall cost of a migration to Windows 10, as well as mitigating any risks associated with deploying a new client operating system.
The first of the suite, HP Test Drive Services for Windows 10, allows customers to test Windows 10 using a control group of users to evaluate its capabilities and any potential incompatibilities ahead of a wholesale migration.
The users all receive a new Windows 10 system as their primary workplace device as part of this, with their data and settings migrated plus all the apps they require.
This enables the control group and the IT department to gain valuable experience in the new environment without the large upfront investment that normally accompanies the start of a migration to a new operating system, HP said.
Feedback from these users will help the IT department to fine-tune subsequent migrations.
The HP Roadmap Service for Windows 10 is part of HP Advisory Services for the Microsoft ecosystem, and is designed to deliver a base roadmap for the customer's Windows 10 implementation. Key areas considered are productivity, security and manageability improvements.
HP Transformation Services for Windows 10 delivers a suite of services to help deploy and support Windows 10 as part of a digital workplace transformation, according to HP.
This includes the supply of any necessary supporting infrastructure, creation of operating system images and managing the rollout.
Finally, the HP WebApp Accelerator Service for IE 11 aims to ensure that any critical web applications built for earlier versions of IE will continue to function effectively following a migration.
Microsoft has already announced that versions of IE preceding 11 are effectively being retired in January 2016.
All of these services are available now, with the exception of the HP Transformation Services for Windows 10, which are set to be available from the start of October.
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