Air Force plans Windows 10 upgrade by 2018

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The Air Force is planning to upgrade its computers to Windows 10 by 2018, a year behind the Department of Defense’s deadline to update every division’s operating system.

According to Monday’s press release, the Air Force will begin switching to Window’s newest operating system by “late 2016” in hopes of upgrading all computers by Jan. 31, 2018. To accomplish this, the Air Force will replace a “significant portion” of its client inventory while refraining from purchasing new desktops.

The Air Force’s timeline conflicts with DOD’s goal to upgrade all 4 million devices and systems across every field agency by January 2017. But DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen told reporters last month he felt uncertain the agency would meet the impending deadline, despite consistent progress.

“What I’m trying to figure out right now is just what percentage of the stuff might not, might take another year to 15 months to get done,” he said at the time.

Defense officials, including Halvorsen, have continuously said Windows 10 is a major boost for DOD’s cybersecurity, thanks to improved features that can effectively stop and detect malicious threats while also lowering costs. The OS can also stop a prominent intrusion technique called “pass the hash,” the press release said, where hackers remotely access a server using a “one-way transformation” of someone’s password.

“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,” Halverson said in April.

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