There is precious little time remaining to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade programme. As July 29 approaches, so too does the deadline for those still on Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade at no cost. Making the move will not only save you money, but Windows 10 represents a stable, mature and above all, better experience than anything which has come before.
Upgrading, of course, is a more complex consideration for business PCs than it is for personal ones.
The major issues are twofold:
- Firstly, there is the question of interoperability with existing applications and systems.
- Secondly, there is the possibility that your people will find an upgraded operating system difficult to get used to.
While the first point is a more complex issue which will differ from one business to the next, what we can say on the second one is this: Windows 10 is not dramatically different in how it works when compared with Windows 7 (and we supply a free guide to help you at the end of this post).
As a result, it provides an upgrade path which is easier on the user than even the move from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was. And, building in as it does considerably more modern technology (such as the availability of tightly integrated apps and better security), being faster to load and easier to navigate, Windows 10 is worth the upgrade. Most people love it.
So, why upgrade now?
- No cost: This is the most important (and obvious) bit. Until the end of this month, you can upgrade at no cost. After that, you’re looking at over $100 per upgrade. Over even a small number of computers, that quickly adds up to real money.
- Improved useability: Windows 8 was a bit of a shock to the system, particularly as it introduced tablet-style and touchscreen Windows in a single operating system for the first time. While Windows 10 works across both, it is far closer in appearance and function to Windows 7. It has the familiarity of the older operating system, but the performance of a new one.
- Improved security: This is a big deal. Information security is a major problem for businesses of all kinds. Windows 10 actually makes a more secure computer less frustrating by incorporating clever means to sign on and off, including biometric authentication, and Enterprise Data Protection (EDP).
- Better management: This is one for thee systems administrators. With Windows 10 and Windows Update, you can take better control of the software and applications that can be installed on company machines.
Before jumping into conclusions, be sure to conduct a thorough assessment of your environment first to identify and deal with any potential compatibility issues before executing your upgrade … and if needed, don’t rush it!
Any changes should, again, be guided by business strategy and the establishment of goals which align with that strategy.