"I'm expecting all this to happen in a year. To me, this means they know their prior Windows machines aren't that secure and this is of the highest importance. The DoD is typically the last to roll things out as it's viewed as safer and more secure. The opposite is turn now. Hackers are moving so fast, the DoD needs the latest tech to combat it," said Patrick Moorhead, President and principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy.
"This also says to me that Windows 10 is ready for the broadest deployments inside corporations. The DoD wouldn't be doing this many systems as fast if this weren't the case," Moorhead added.
In November 2015, Terry Halvorsen, CIO for the DoD, issued a memo directing all Combatant Commands, Services Agencies and Field Activities to rapidly deploy Windows 10 to improve the DoD's cybersecurity, lower the cost of IT and streamline the IT operating environment.
That memo stated the DoD's objective was to complete the deployment by January 2017. The CIOs of each branch would be allowed "limited waiver authority" for up to 12 months beyond the target deployment date; waivers beyond that 12 month period needed to be approved by Halvorsen, the memo said.
Microsoft also announced today that its Surface family of devices has been certified and available through the DISA Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Product List (APL), making government bulk purchases of those devices an option.