The Technical Preview for Windows 10 allows individuals to test out Microsoft’s next operating system and the company is asking for feedback to make the product better. Typical reactions to the feedback channel is to just respond with problems encountered or likes/dislikes of what you see. It is also important to take advantage of this opportunity to direct Microsoft’s attention to missing features and functionality.
Windows 8, besides trying to merge desktop and tablet modes, was very angled towards the consumer side of things. Businesses that went along with the upgrade were dragged into a consumer-friendly, business-unfriendly environment. Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update have taken some steps to correct this but there are many elements missing from the enterprise side that makes administration more difficult. Windows 10 finally seems to be earning the attention towards enterprise uses of the operating system. There is a free event on November 20th in Microsoft Virtual Academy titled Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros.
Along with attending available events, I would like to remind my fellow IT Pros to use this opportunity to also make Microsoft aware of any of the frustrations and pain points that you encountered with previous versions of Windows if they’re still present in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Some of the pain points I can recall experiencing and hearing from others include deploying Windows 8 apps without a Microsoft account and creating mandatory profiles.
One 404TS reader shared with me their Windows feedback looking for improved mandatory profile management on Windows 10. You can add comments or votes to the topic to indicate it should be a higher priority for Microsoft to address. I see another thread asking to simplify sideloading Windows Modern Apps.
I would encourage all IT Pros to be trying out the Technical Preview of Windows 10 and Windows Server and also report any problems or missing features. Take advantage of the feedback channel. You lose a bit of your right to complain that’s something missing in the final release if Microsoft is never made aware of it. Inside the Technical Preview, you will see a Windows Feedback shortcut on the Start Menu. You can use that send your feedback to Microsoft. You can also browse and vote on other Windows Feature Suggestions at windows.uservoice.com.