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September 2017, Vol. 1, No. 6

Windows 10 VDI, third-party tools help boost the OS

Regardless of deployment approach, IT professionals agree that supplementing Windows 10 with other technology and tools can really help. Compatibility testing tools can automatically analyze applications and help assuage concerns over Microsoft's frequent OS updates, for example. Die Mobiliar, a large insurance company in Switzerland, has looked into several options, including Citrix's AppDNA, system engineer Sacha Thomet said. The company also found that using Windows 10 VDI on virtual desktops helped address the problem of updates disrupting users during working hours. "The update cycle is difficult to handle with physical devices, but with virtual it's easier," Thomet said. "You can do updates during the night, whereas a physical device would be closed or off and not on the network at night." Virtualization also helps organizations ensure that Windows 10 users can access incompatible legacy apps. Many Windows 10 shops are taking advantage of the built-in User Environment Virtualization and App-V capabilities, for instance, ...

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