Windows 10

The Windows 10 standard operating environment is here which includes new innovations, features and security capabilities to improve the desktop experience at the University.

Windows 10 will be progressively rolled out to all compatible staff and lab workstations.

Windows 10 rollout plan


Introducing Windows 10

Windows 10 has been announced by Microsoft as their last version of Windows, and is the start of a new ‘Windows-as-a-Service’ strategy.

Rather than new features being bundled up into major new Operating System versions every few years (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.), all Windows 10 computers now participate in a continuous improvement programme that will deliver important feature upgrades once or twice each year. Minor security and bug updates will continue to be released monthly. IT Services will automatically manage these updates for you.

In terms of advantages to the University of Tasmania, moving to Windows 10 provides state-of-the-art technology to staff and students, enjoy significantly faster start-up times, and take advantage of much improved compatibility, security and management capabilities.

Start Menu

Apps, settings, files—they can all be found on the Start menu. Just select the Start button on the taskbar. Next, make it yours by pinning apps and programs, or moving and regrouping tiles. If you need more space, resize the Start menu.

Pin apps to Start

Pin apps to the Start menu to see live updates on what’s happening in your world—such as new email, your next appointment, or the weekend weather. When you pin an app, it's added to the Start menu as a new tile.

Pinning apps to Start

Group your apps

To create a new group of tiles, move an app's tile up or down until a group divider appears, and then release the tile. Move apps in or out of the group to organize your tiles for perfect productivity.

Animated GIF of a tile being moved to a new group in the Start menu

Which apps will be deployed with Windows 10?

The following list is not the complete suite of applications that will be delivered with Windows 10.

Edge Browser

The faster, safer browser designed for Windows 10.

Cortana

Cortana is designed to help you get things done. Ready on day one to provide answers and complete basic tasks, Cortana learns over time to become more useful every day. Count on Cortana to stay on top of reminders and work across your devices.

Office 2016

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive, on your PC, Publisher and Access. Everything you need for home, education and work.

Security Updates

Recent global security threats have highlighted the necessity to improve security patch deployment on workstations to protect University data.

Security patch compliance has traditionally been low at the University as the current deployment model requires a user-initiated restart to apply pending updates. Based on compliance statistics, it appears that the majority of University workstations are not regularly restarted. The University is at high risk of security or reputational damage if ICT infrastructure and devices aren’t regularly updated.

IT Services are implementing a change to enforce an automated monthly computer restart to mitigate this risk, when required to apply pending updates. This change will ensure pending updates are installed, significantly improving workstation security patch compliance and protecting University data from breach.

Software updates will be deployed to Windows OS workstations monthly, in two distinct phases:

  • A 3-day ‘available’ period during which staff receive notification of update availability and options for scheduling the updates and restarts at a time that suits them
  • An enforced period commencing at the end of the ‘available’ period, during which updates and restarts occur automatically with users being notified 2 hours in advance of the workstation restarting

For workstations that are not restarted during the ‘available’ period:

  • Those that are unattended at the end of the ‘enforced’ period will automatically restart
  • Those that are powered off during the ‘enforced’ period will automatically restart approximately 2 hours after they are powered on.

Please see the FAQ section for a more detailed look at the Security Update deployment process, which includes the enforced monthly workstation restart.

Windows 10 Rollout Schedule

Coming Soon.

FAQs

When new updates are available, the user is prompted with a notification popup. The user is invited to 'click here for options'

If the user selected the 'click here for options', the notification screen will advise of pending updates that includes a deadline (automated restart). The user can select their own restart schedule at any point up to the commencement of the enforced period.

The software update information is available within the Software Centre.

If the deadline occurs and the user didn't previously complete a device restart(s), the pending updates are automatically installed and a restart timer is initated.

‘Toast’ notification is shown at 120 minutes, at this point, countdown timer window is only shown if the user clicks the balloon and is also dismissible.

When countdown reaches 90 minutes a second ‘Toast’ notification is shown and the countdown timer window is displayed and is not dismissible.

When the coundown timer reaches 10 minutes remaining a sign-out message will be displayed on the screen.

The device will automatically restart and apply all pending patches. This process should not be interrupted once it's started to avoid corruption of the Operating System.