Should your business switch to Windows 10?
Windows 10 was launched in July of last year to largely positive reviews. Critics felt that it addressed the issues of Windows 8 and offered a smoother overall user experience. However, many businesses have avoided making the switch to Windows 10, opting instead to wait until it had been well tested in the real world.
Microsoft has promised with this latest update to renew its focus on enterprise and entice business customers back. So as Windows 10 is now over a year old, is it now worth switching your systems over?
Before looking at the bolder changes you can expect from Windows 10 it is worth mentioning the changes that Microsoft have made to device security. Security has seen a big overhaul in Windows 10 with lots of smaller changes at OS and Hardware level that should result in a safer overall experience.
For those businesses that are really security conscious, Windows 10 also offers biometric authentication where (if your system has the right hardware) you can unlock your computer just by looking at it. This might seem a little excessive at the moment, but in practice it is much more secure than just unlocking your device with a password. It is likely that in the not too distant future all mobile workers will have some kind of biometric lock on their computer so it is good to have these features readily available.
Aside from Security, Microsoft has also made great strides in improving the overall user experience in Windows 10. The desktop will be familiar to most users with a traditional start button and resizable apps. There is a new web browser called “Edge”, with some modern tools to improve its user friendliness like a built in share button and a new ‘reading mode’. The “Cortana” personal assistant also appears on the desktop for the first time. These things individually may not be a big draw but they all allow for a user-friendly experience. For employees who are used to using Windows products, switching to Windows 10 won’t come with much of a learning curve and this is a big plus for businesses.
Arguably one of the best reasons to switch to Windows 10 is not the software, but the change in release structure from Microsoft. It is expected that this will be the last full operating system update that Microsoft will release, moving to an “incremental rollout model” in the future. Put simply, it will no longer be common practice for an operating system to be released every two to three years. Instead, smaller updates will be released on a regular basis.
This alone makes a strong case to switch sooner rather than later. Windows 10 is already a good product and getting your staff comfortable with it early will mean you will be in the best position to take full advantage of future updates. Microsoft has also made switching to Windows 10 relatively easy, however, as the system gets more complicated this may not always be the case.
Overall there are a number of good reasons for businesses to make the switch to Windows 10. It is unlikely to revolutionise your business, but it does have enough new features to make the change worthwhile. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be any real benefit in waiting anymore. Windows 10 is here to stay, so why not get on board early?
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