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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update started rolling out to Win10 PC users worldwide on Oct. 17, starting with newer machines. What do technology providers make of the new release of this PC operating system?

To find out, contributing writer Ed Hannan recently interviewed Stephone Darby, president and CEO of Advanced Information Technologies. Darby’s company, based in Florence, Ala., was formed in 1993 and today serves customers with hardware, software, networking and custom programming. The following is an edited version of their email interview. 

Have you explored the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Yes, I had one of our network engineers install the Fall Creator’s update. There appears to be few features that would be of benefit to the business customers which we serve. 

Such as…?

The Folder Control Access (FCA) functionality would be of most interest, but it appears to be unavailable if a third-party antivirus (AV) is detected. We would never disable third-party virus and malware protection in lieu of anything provided in the OS. 

If FCA were available to run alongside third-party protection, I could see it having value for specifying which applications have access to server shares, since we don’t store any data of value locally on workstations in our standard server-centric environments. 

But on the other hand, I could also see this functionality requiring a large amount of ongoing maintenance if you don’t realize everything that could touch the share(s) by applications in use. 

Anything else?

Yes, it appears that the majority of the new features are for VR or creative work. 

Do you have any customers who are doing that sort of work (VR/creative) and would therefore be interested in the new OS release?

I have not investigated the functionality in detail, so I don’t know applicability for our customer base.

Does that mean you’ll give it a pass?

No, we will not stop the update from automatically applying to Win10 workstations.

Which version of Windows are most of your customers using? If not Win10, what’s stopping them? And if Win10, what features or services have they been asking for?

Win7 Pro, Win8.1 Pro, Win10 Pro. We typically leave a workstation at its OEM OS version until the hardware is replaced. This minimizes costs for the customer. Customers are rarely motivated to upgrade a workstation’s OS due to features of a newer version.

 

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