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The U.S. Department of Defense thinks its employees should use Windows 10 at home

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be installed on 4 million PCs used by the U.S. Department of Defense. Now the Pentagon's CIO Terry Halvorsen says that he would like to see DOD employees use Windows 10 when they are home as well.

In a chat with Fedscoop, Halvorsen stated that Windows 10's better security features, combined with Microsoft's use of its Azure cloud platform, was the reason for his recommendation:

DOD has never before had "an operating system that had this much security baked in from the beginning," he said. "If you're using a computer at home and you're not on Windows 10, you're doing yourself an injustice — you ought to be moving to Windows 10." Halvorsen plans to issue similar guidance to DOD employees for using Windows 10 at home on their personal workstations, stopping just short of officially endorsing the operating system."We're going to put out some guidance to our employees in general — it's not an endorsement of Windows 10 or Microsoft specifically — listing what the characteristics of Windows 10 would give you if you put it in your home system," he said. "That's as close to an endorsement as I can get for a software product."

Microsoft previously said that the DOD plans to upgrade those 4 million PCs to Windows 10 by the end of January 2017. Halvorsen says that goal will be achieved:

"[Army CIO Robert] Ferrell and I are in 100 percent agreement, as are the leadership of the Army and the [DOD] secretary, that our role remains to get Windows 10 in a year," Halvorsen said. "Are there challenges with that goal? Absolutely. Will we make that goal? I think we're going to come awfully close to making that goal."

25 Comments
  • "...so we can spy on you with our embedded back doors..." ~ Tin Foil Hat Man
  • Funny. I was just mentioning to someone the moment I read this headline the comments would be stay away from Windows 10 since the government days they like it. As if the government doesn't already have their hands in every OS. Cough***TOR***
  • TOR is not an OS. But at least you're continuing to exhibit the main feature of conspiracy theorists: stupidity.
  • I think he's referencing the time that one library was using TOR and the government didn't like it.
  • Swing and a miss...
  • You must be joking.
  • Or am I...
  • Are you?
    You must be?
    Yes?
  • Paranoid skisofrinick! News flash, if you're have an internet connection, are a member of a social network, own an Xbox one or ps4, satellite tv, digital banking, etc, you're being spied on. Banks, government agencies, department stores, etc are all being compromised because guess what...... That internet connection! Move to the desert or wilderness and get rid of all of your electronics. Is do everything by standard mail and get an analog phone which by the way can be tapped. Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • Lol, he was trolling. And he succeded.
  • The government also wants crackable encryption.  No troll.
  • LMAO I can't believe people think you're serious. Props to you Posted via the Windows Central App for Symbian
  • Chyeah.  Seriously.  That probably isn't too far from the truth.  OneDrive in Windows 10 has a "fetch files" feature that lets you access all the files on a computer via your web browser using OneDrive online.   I was surprised to see everything that you can access via this backdoor.  Basically the entire C: drive was accessible...sytem files and all.  If you can access it there's no doubt that somebody within Microsoft who has access to the system or a hacker could also access it.  It would be an easy way to get spyware onto a system by replacing system files, monitoring computer activities, stealing credit card information, manipulating/tricking/scamming people or having the IRS target certain people whose political opinions differ from their own. It's kinda creepy that our lives are in these people's hands with so much unchecked power.  Experience teaches you not to trust anyone with that much power because most people aren't capable of handling it.
  • I personally enjoy using Windows 10; the above statement was a joke by the way.
  • Ah, I knew it.
  • Nah. Unless you are paying for my home computer, thanks but no thanks.
  • How about their own private email servers for classified information too?
  • Personally id just prefer to load something like kav and be done with these scare tactics
  • Except this.
  • And I just upgraded from pc DOS to OS/2 warp ;/ Sent from my Computer
  • LOL
  • Great news
  • Could this have flow on effects for W10 Mobile?
  • How is it "more secure" than 8.1.??? Lol
  • Kind of...odd...?