Five University Client Trends For Q2/2015

Windows 10 LogoWindows 10 nears

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 for desktops and notebooks will be released on July 29th, 2015. As of early June, there is no announced release date for Windows 10 Mobile, which is for smartphones, and, likely, low-powered or consumer tablets—most industry observers expect Window 10 Mobile to release some time in Fall 2015. Windows 10 will also be a no cost upgrade for individual users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x for at least the first year of release—this no cost upgrade will not be available to many institutional users. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) and others across the University continue to test Windows 10—recent builds have shown definite improvement, but the operating system is currently not polished enough for release. ISC will continue to follow up with University constituents as Windows 10 nears release.

Skylake is coming, but exactly when is uncertainIntel Logo

Skylake, the follow-on to Intel's current Broadwell architecture, will be a phased roll out in late 2015/early 2016. The official Skylake launch is expected in mid-August (and some consumer systems have already been previewed), but enterprise-class systems will arrive later in the fall, with additional slippage definitely possible. Unlike the tablet and Ultrabook-centric Broadwell, Skylake extends across the entire notebook and desktop range, so system types such as desktops and workstations that were not updated with Broadwell will likely get Skylake.

Apple LogoApple Watch is here

After a daunting amount of hype, the Apple Watch has been released and a few have been seen on campus. ISC believes that what we expect from a smartwatch will evolve significantly over the next three to five years. ISC Client Services has an Apple Watch Sport available for evaluation and testing as part of the Standards Cart.

OS X version 10.10 Yosemite expands its reach at Penn

Less than eight months following its release, OS X version 10.10 Yosemite is over 55% of the University’s OS X user base—almost 12,000 systems. This continues to be even more rapid adoption than Penn saw with OS X version 10.9 Mavericks (the first “free” OS X upgrade). Yosemite and Mavericks combine for over 80% of OS X systems at Penn. For more information on Yosemite, see:

Google I/O is all about the Internet of ThingsGoogle Logo

The 2015 version of Google’s annual I/O conference in late May featured many announcements including a major new version of Android, but likely the most significant ones for the medium to long term were around enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The two major announcements were Brillo (a lightweight version of Android designed to run in 32 MB or 64 MB of RAM) and Weave (a communications layer which provides a common vocabulary for IoT devices). According to Google, a developer preview of Brillo will be available in the third quarter of 2015 and the full Weave stack will release in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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As always, I am available to any School, Center, or department consult on these and related topics.

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John Mulhern III