The first university-wide roll out of Windows 10 in the world has started, and it’s in Australia!

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Consumers are often the first to start using new releases of Windows, and large organisations tend to follow more cautiously, taking the time to carefully balance the new features some users want alongside the cry from others to not change anything. But in the case of Windows 10 there are features in it that mean that users on earlier versions of Windows can move to the latest version without major retraining, and can also start to use new developments within the operating system. So change has been faster (as of 2 months ago there were already more than 110 million PCs running Windows 10).

We’ve just announced that the University of Newcastle, in Australia, is the first university globally to roll out Windows 10 across its campuses – with a plan to deploy it to around 10,000 devices by the end of 2016!


Windows 10 at the University of Newcastle

Ann Walters, the University’s Associate Director, IT Client Services said the University is committed to positioning itself as a world leader, instead of taking a wait and see approach to digital transformation:


At UON we have the opportunity to make great strides over the next five years, and we’re looking forward to leveraging Windows 10 to provide the best possible learning environment for our students.

The upgrade to Windows 10 was made following a pilot of the new operating system on 200 devices across the University. Ms. Walters said that the move to Windows 10 was a natural step in driving greater collaboration across its multi-campuses – and the deployment is just the start of what’s to come.

With 40,000 students and campuses stretching from Sydney to Tamworth and all the way to Singapore, having the best technology to enable collaboration and innovation is critical in driving productivity for both staff and students

The university plans on having 3,000 devices updated with Windows 10 by the start of the 2016 University year dedicated for student use and the remaining 7,000 devices before the end of 2016 for staff. The majority of devices are Dell personal computers, laptops and tablets.

Office 365 at the University of Newcastle

The university has also migrated to Microsoft Office 365. UON students have OneDrive with one terabyte of storage per student, as well as free downloads of Office under Microsoft’s Office 365 ProPlus Benefit. Staff are also piloting Skype for Business and SharePoint Online as the staff collaboration tool – with hope that the tool will replace a number of the University’s legacy communication systems in the long term.

We moved to Office 365 as we saw a tremendous opportunity to enable our staff to collaborate both nationally and internationally. We see this increased collaboration as a way to accelerate their research efforts, something that is very important to us here. Research sits at the heart of any university, therefore it’s critical that we enable our researchers with the right tools to take us one step closer to achieving the ambitious goals we’ve set for UON.

The University of Newcastle is set to achieve great things through its digital strategy. By optimising 21st century skills with Windows 10 and cloud solutions, UON is in a great place to lead a highly competitive industry


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