In 2015 we saw the launch of the latest Microsoft operating system in the form of Windows 10. This OS promised big change from its predecessor, Windows 8, with a step back to more classic start functions, a new internet explorer and improved interface for devices such as tablets and phones.
But, despite being adopted by many consumers, this new OS is finding it an uphill struggleto become widely used by businesses. Unwillingness to move to this new OS is understandable: if a whole business is running perfectly well on 8 then moving to 10 might seem like stirring the pot for no good reason. In this case, though, a good stir might be just what your company needs!
There are many benefits to upgrading to Windows 10 as a business. An important one comes in the form of security. They have added a new feature called ‘Device Guard’ which blocks zero-day attacks (which refers to a security hole unknown to the vendor which is exploited by hackers) by vetting software and apps, it also operates remotely so connected devices can also recognise and neutralise malicious malware.
Also in the vein of security: patches for security protocols are not part of Windows Update and instead go straight to your PCs the moment of availability. Theoretically this means that your computers are always up to date on security, making it harder for hackers and any kind of malware with ill-intent to do damage to your network.
The new OS also helps productivity with an improved interface. Multiple virtual desktops and ‘window-snapping means that your work can be spread out on several screens, four to be exact, and a second physical screen becomes unnecessary as you can simply switch back and forth between virtual ones. Mobile device management has also been developed further to help manage corporate-owned devices such as phones and tablets, including data protection, control over Windows Store, VPN configuration and the capability to fully wipe devices.
‘Windows as a Service’ has been used by Microsoft to bill the new OS, meaning more simply that large updates are not the norm, instead smaller updates periodically are the new normal. For businesses Microsoft have added the feature of fine tuning when and what you choose to update on your system, and distribution rings give you full control over the updates for devices. This added control means that you can have the Windows 10 that you need for your business without any unnecessary overhang.
It isn’t broken, so why fix it? The mentality that the old way is working fine, and changing could lead to more complications than is worthwhile, is understandable; changes in business on this scale can often be a hassle and time-consuming, with little added benefit that is easily calculated.
Upgrading can be confusing, for both you and your employees. But Microsoft has attempted to reduce the strain of rolling out the new OS business-wide for businesses, particularly in making sure that it works on older computers so that full-scale hardware updates are not also necessary alongside the new OS. Training employees about the new system can also be costly and take extra time.
Migration and training of new staff can be a long process, but the ease of use and benefits that Windows 10 provide should far outweigh these initial difficulties.
Also, it is important to remember that the Windows 10 is only free for a limited time and this time is fast running out. Soon the cost of updating will be much more, so taking advantage of the upgrade now is a proactive move for most businesses and can save you any last minute scramble to get this OS for free!
Still debating whether or not updating to Windows 10 is the right move for your business? Contact us on 01524 581690 to discuss your options and get a fuller understanding with the help of our friendly team. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected].