After XP: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

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Join Global Knowledge expert instructor Glenn Weadock for an intriguing webinar addressing the decisions you need to make after Microsoft has retired the workhorse Windows XP. Do you stick with XP? Go with the tried and true Windows 7? Or leap ahead to Windows 8?

In one information-packed hour, Glenn will help you understand your options and how to approach this critical decision point.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Glenn Weadock is a longtime instructor for Global Knowledge and teaches Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Server 2012, Server 2008, and Active Directory. He co-developed with Mark Wilkins two advanced Server 2008 classes in the Microsoft Official Curriculum. Glenn also consults and provides expert witness services in patent infringement cases through his Colorado-based company Independent Software, Inc.

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  • 1. After XP: Windows 7 or Windows 8? Glenn Weadock MCITP, MCSE, MCT, A+
  • 2. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 2 Glenn Weadock MCITP, MCSE, MCT, A+  Instructor for Windows 8, Server 2012, and Active Directory classes  President of Independent Software, Inc., providing IT consulting services for 25 years  Has taught 300+ seminars in the US, Canada, UK, and SE Asia  Author of 18 commercial books and many seminars and videos  In Lakewood, CO (Denver area)
  • 3. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 3 Our Agenda  Introduction and Support Timelines  The Controversial Windows 8  The Surprising Windows 7  Next Steps: Choosing a Strategy  Decision Points and Considerations for Your Environment  Conclusions
  • 4. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 4 Introduction and Support Timelines Microsoft Support Lingo  “Mainstream Support”  Free tech support  Security updates  “Extended Support”  Paid tech support  Security updates  “Custom Support”  For large customers; costs approximately $200/PC  Critical security updates (important ones = extra $)
  • 5. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 5 Introduction and Support Timelines Internal Windows Version Numbers  Vista: 6.0  Windows 7: 6.1  Windows 8: 6.2 Architecturally, these OSs are not as different as the marketing names might suggest.
  • 6. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 6 Windows XP Support Timeline 2008 SP3 4/2009 Mainstream Support Ends 10/2010 NLA as Preinstalled OS 4/2014 Extended Support Ends End of 2001 Retail Availability
  • 7. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 7 Windows 7 Support Timeline Late 2009 Retail Availability 2/2011 SP1 10/2014 Bundle Sales End (Ultimate) 1/2015 Mainstream Support Ends 1/2020 Extended Support Ends
  • 8. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 8 Windows 8 Support Timeline 10/2012 Retail Availability 10/2013 “Windows 8.1” 10/2014 Sales End as Separate Product 1/2018 Mainstream Support Ends 1/2023 Extended Support Ends
  • 9. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 9 The Controversial Windows 8  One size fits all (maybe)  Metro/Modern/Immersive/Start Screen  Traditional/Legacy/Desktop  Touch interface oriented toward tablets  “Modern” apps (built-in plus Windows Store)  Start Screen replaces Start Menu  Charms bar  Split personality control panels  No option to keep “old” Start menu  Revised search capability
  • 10. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 10 The Controversial Windows 8 (cont.)  Makeovers  File Explorer  Task Manager  Native USB 3.0  Faster boot times (benefit of tablet focus)  “Client” Hyper-V  Tools for Managing Server 2012  SkyDrive (now OneDrive)
  • 11. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 11 Windows 8.1: Mid-Course Corrections  Start “button” on Taskbar (not menu though)  Start Screen makeover  New tile size options  New apps  Arrow to reach “All Apps” view  Pin “modern” apps to Taskbar (“Update 1”)  Boot to desktop option (automatic in “Update 1”)  Better help/tutorials  Improvements to modern apps (e.g., mail)  More features on modern Control Panel
  • 12. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 12 The Surprising Windows 7  Released late 2009 but still strong five years later  Very successful in consumer and professional markets  Far fewer compatibility issues compared to Vista  Device driver availability generally excellent  No “split personality” issues  Licenses available under Software Assurance and “downgrade” licenses  Support deadlines beginning to loom (2015, 2020)
  • 13. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 13 Next Steps: Choosing a Strategy  Stick it out with Windows XP?  Transition to Windows 7 and skip Windows 8?  Jump to Windows 8 and wait for Windows 9?
  • 14. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 14 Choosing a Strategy: Sticking with XP  Riskiest strategy of the three  Custom support? ($$)  Network access: eliminate – restrict – isolate  Bad guys can study patches for Windows 7/8 and exploit XP for vulnerabilities in common  Keep updating browsers (non-IE) and email clients  Consider running as “thin client”  Consider pairing this strategy with quick migration to Windows 9
  • 15. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 15 Choosing a Strategy: Go to 7, Skip 8  Extended support ends Jan 2020  Valid strategy if dual GUI does not appeal or apply  Windows 7 is a solid and popular platform  Large universe of compatible software/hardware and USB 3.0 support can be retrofitted via drivers  Rumors of Windows 9 (“Threshold”) in 2015 but your company would have plenty of time to evaluate it  May not give you enough time to wait for Windows 10 though
  • 16. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 16 Choosing a Strategy: Jump to 8, Wait for 9  Version 8.1 (esp. with Update 1) addresses some of Windows 8’s initial usability challenges (and is required for updates after 1/2016)  Mainstream support ends 1/2018, extended support ends 1/2023 (so plenty of time to review Windows 9 if it turns out to be compelling)  If Windows 9 is not compelling, you have three more years than if you choose Windows 7 (so you can probably wait for Windows 10!)
  • 17. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 17 Decision Points and Considerations for Your Environment 1. Multi-GUI or Uni-GUI? 2. Importance of Cloud Computing 3. Hardware and Performance 4. New Apps You Might Need 5. Browser Issues 6. Old Apps You Might Want 7. Antivirus Support 8. Other Security Issues 9. Leveraging Your Server Platform 10. The Learning Curve
  • 18. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 18 1. Multi-GUI or Uni-GUI?  Does your organization use tablets?  How about hybrids (all-in-ones)?  If so, are there benefits to deploying a single OS?  Can you put touch capability to work in useful ways? (e.g., art departments – Fresh Paint, etc.)
  • 19. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 19 2. Importance of Cloud Computing  Windows 8 has tighter cloud integration  Windows 8.1 provides greater synching controls  Auto-save to OneDrive can be made default behavior  Do your employees have Microsoft accounts?  Are there sharing/security/privacy issues? (MS makes multiple copies of OneDrive instances)
  • 20. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 20 3. Hardware and Performance  Windows 7 lacks native support of USB 3.0, but drivers make this less problematic  Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 offer good SSD support  File copy performance is comparable between Windows 7 and Windows 8  Windows 8.x boots, shuts down, and wakes faster than Windows 7 (on the order of 20% to 30%)
  • 21. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 21 4. New Apps You Might Need  Immersive apps may suit tablet environment better  Tablets + immersive apps can make good presentation and demo platforms  Windows Store growing (approx. 120K apps) but still lacking in productivity and system tools  Most Windows Store apps are consumer-oriented (music, video, games)
  • 22. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 22 5. Browser Issues  Browser add-ins blocked on the Metro side  Internet Explorer (IE) 10+ includes “enhanced protected mode” w/ important security improvements (ASLR, etc.)  Highest IE version Windows XP supports is 8 (2009)
  • 23. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 23 6. Old Apps You Might Want  Most Vista and Windows 7 apps work on Windows 8/8.1  Resources to explore  Windows Application Compatibility Center  Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)  Client Hyper-V is a robust option  Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise only (64-bit)  Windows 7 supports “Virtual PC”  Non-updated WinXP apps may have issues with UAC
  • 24. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 24 7. Antivirus Support  Antivirus support generally available for all three OSs  Microsoft providing anti-malware updates for XP through July 2015  Includes MSE, System Center, Forefront products  Third-party vendors generally intend to support XP for two to three years post-end-of-support
  • 25. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 25 8. Other Security Issues  XP doesn’t have User Account Control  XP doesn’t have BitLocker (full volume encryption)  Neither XP nor Windows 7 have Secure Boot  Windows 8 includes various core-hardening improvements to thwart the bad guys
  • 26. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 26 9. Leveraging Your Server Platform  SMB 2.x (Windows 7) and 3.x (Windows 8) support faster file transfers  XP does not support BranchCache or DirectAccess  Windows 8 and Server 2012 (together) support:  Active Directory Based Activation (AD BA) (alternative to KMS)  PowerShell-based domain controller promotion and emotion  Windows 8 required to use Hyper-V admin tools for Server 2012
  • 27. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 27 10. The Learning Curve  Migrations are always challenging, so organizations try to minimize their frequency  Windows 8.1 is less daunting to traditional users that 8.0 was (improved help and tutorials)  Anything is going to be a jump coming from XP!  Windows 8.x will require more retraining than Windows 7, but corporate images can be set up to minimize disruption (e.g., via Group Policy)
  • 28. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 28 Conclusions  Staying with XP will take work, $, time to keep secure  Windows 7 remains a viable option but was more appealing before 8.1  Windows 8.1 (esp. with Upgrade 1) deserves close look  Plan your timing so you can evaluate Windows 9 (expected approx. mid-2015)  Avoid two migrations in < five years (pain, $, time)  Consider third-party tools to ameliorate drawbacks  If you have Windows 7 now, consider waiting for Windows 9 rather than upgrading to Windows 8
  • 29. © 2014 Global Knowledge Training LLC. All rights reserved. 8/1/2014 Page 29 Learn More Recommended Global Knowledge Courses  Configuring Windows 8.1  Administering and Maintaining Windows 7  MCSA: Windows 7 Boot Camp for Desktop Administrators Request an On-Site Delivery  We can tailor our courses to meet your needs  We can deliver them in a private setting Visit Our Knowledge Center  Assessments  Blog  Case Studies  Demos  Lab Topologies  Special Reports  Twitter  Videos  Webinars  White Papers
  • 30. Thank You for Attending For more information contact us at: www.globalknowledge.com | 1-800-COURSES | am_info@globalknowledge.com