Since the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, there’s been many debates about which version of Windows you ‘should’ be using. Microsoft was keen to encourage early adoption of its latest operating system and is offering all users a free upgrade until 29th July 2016.
But what are the main benefits of upgrading, compared to the version of Windows you currently use?
Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why now might be a good time to upgrade to Windows 10:
1. Performance – Boot-up times are much quicker, seconds in fact. This means you no longer have to wait for what seems like an eternity for your PC to come to life in the morning. This is especially the case if you have a laptop with an SSD (solid state drive), resulting in less power usage and a longer battery life.
2. Security – If you’re using Windows 7, you’re working with an operating system that’s 6 years old, which doesn’t offer as much protection from today’s cyber-security threats. Windows 10 includes all sorts of up-to-date security features (such as BitLocker, Device Guard, Secure Boot, virtual secure mode) which are more than capable of standing up to today’s online threats.
3. Availability – From October 2016, all PCs will come with Windows 10 pre-installed with no downgrade rights, so you will have to use Windows 10 on any new PCs you purchase (unless you have a Volume License Agreement for Windows 7). In addition, we know that Windows 7 is going away, with Microsoft stopping support in 2020. You can check out all end-of-support dates here.
4. Collaborative/Modern working – Used in conjunction with Office 2016 this is the true definition of modern, collaborative working. Additional Excel/Word/Outlook features, improved data sharing capabilities, greater flexibility – this little combo means you can work just as effectively out of the office.
5. MDM/EMS/RM – Mobile Device Management/Enterprise Mobility Suite/Rights Management: this basically means that Windows 10 offers you peace-of-mind, by doing an even greater job at protecting your business information and security, for example, prohibiting staff from copying files for personal use.
If any of our clients are thinking of upgrading or want advice on ensuring their systems are compatible for the upgrade, give the projectfive team a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.