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UAE Western Region Municipality to deploy Windows 10

Upgrade to new Windows OS will help support mobility, drive to smart government

The Western Region Municipality will upgrade to Windows 10.
The Western Region Municipality will upgrade to Windows 10.

The Western Region Municipality (WRM) of the UAE has become one of the first organisations in the country to adopt the latest version of the Windows OS, Windows 10.

The municipality said that it will upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8 to Windows 10 Enterprise, to enhance productivity and services.

The municipality also said that it will look to exploit the mobility features of Windows 10 to streamline collaboration between staff and enable instant data access. WRM has been exploring options for a comprehensive solution that would address its mobile computing needs to help it align with the UAE government strategy towards intelligent mobile services and smart government.

With Windows 10, WRM staff will be able to access their official data across devices on a single OS which can run on tablets, smartphones, and PCs. People can also interact with a Windows 10 device with a mouse and keyboard, touch, pen and ink or voice.

Ahmed AbdulSammad Al Hammadi, acting planning and technology division manager for WRM commented: "As a government department, our commitment primarily lies in dealing with the public and providing them with the best services. After testing and reviewing the features of the latest Windows 10 Enterprise, we realised that it was the best operating system that will enable us to achieve our goals through increased productivity, collaboration and service delivery. We have realised that Windows 10 Enterprise is the best solution to all the computing needs in enterprises and government departments and that is why we are now upgrading from Windows 7 and Windows 8. We would like to congratulate Microsoft on their launch of Windows 10 and to thank them further for developing such an innovative product that will certainly help to change people's lives in many ways."

WRM had tested the new OS as part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview over the past few months, and has also been part of the Windows 10 Insiders Program and hopes to leverage Windows 10 Enterprise features to streamline services with enhanced mobility and collaboration between staff since the new OS requires little or no training for an upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

Muhammad Arif, Windows Business Group lead at Microsoft Gulf said: "Windows 10 marks a new era in the world of computing and addresses the current changes in customer tastes and preferences. Users will now be able to enhance their productivity by doing anything from anywhere through quick access to their work on any Windows enabled device of their choice while still being secure. We wish to congratulate WRM on the implementation of Windows 10 Enterprise which will certainly enhance user experience and also allow the organisation to streamline its services. We will continue to work with WRM in providing them with the relevant support they need through our implementing partners."

Microsoft partner, MDS Computers will conduct the installation of Windows 10 Enterprise at WRM to facilitate faster adoption.

Windows 10 Enterprise comes with features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organisations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management.

Windows 10 Enterprise will be available to Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. At the same time, they will be able to choose the pace at which they adopt new technology, including the option to use the new Windows Update for Business.