Upgrade your Windows System

– Debbie Fletcher, Guest Writer for Data Center POST, says:

The launch of Windows 10 marks an opportunity for businesses to take stock of the operating system they use. There will be plenty of people offering negative ‘push’ factors to attempt to persuade CIOs to go ahead and upgrade an older operating system – be it Windows 8, 7 or even XP. But, from a business point of view, it’s not enough to mount a case for leaving one OS. An upgrade needs to leave your operation in a better position and be worth the effort.

With that in mind, here are five compelling reasons why Windows 10 offers the chance to upgrade to something that will have a positive impact on your business…

10 is better

The early verdict from tech experts is more than promising. Techradar.com described the early version it saw as ‘stunning’.  The new system is a more recognisable member of the Windows stable and builds on the strengths of Windows 7 while cherry picking the more successful elements of the unpopular 8. It returns to the Start Menu, for example, and business users will welcome better search and file management functions alongside the Task View that caters for multiple virtual desktops and a better version of Aero Snap, Windows 7’s multitasking feature. This system offers an upgrade in every sense of the word.

Easier to upgrade now

Many firms worry that migrating to a new Windows system will hamper their operation and end up taking up too much valuable time. Yet the days of long-winded migrations with desk visits are over. A 1E Windows deployment, for example, offers a ‘zero touch’ approach – with a package of programs that allows the process to be almost entirely automated and much quicker. This allows a ‘business as usual’ migration so that you can focus on the benefits of the new system without worrying about the process itself causing a headache.

Security

Each Windows 10 user is provided with an individual identity through which they can access apps and devices – allowing for a ‘two factor authentication’ style process without the need for new software or hardware. That in-built extra security offers a natural barrier to issues of identity theft and phishing attacks.

Uniformity

Windows 10 promises to embrace the ‘multi-device’ era that many businesses already operate within, with a system and apps that should be fit for use across desktops, mobile and tablets. Organizations will also be able to issue apps to employees from their own Windows Store, managed through the handy Business Store Portal that keeps track of aspects such as software licenses and centralized payment info.

Watershed moment

Windows 10 promises to be a watershed moment in terms of the way operating systems change. Instead of semi regular ‘big bang’ releases, Microsoft want to move on to issuing smaller updates on a more frequent basis. With such a change in emphasis it’s a good moment to draw a line under the system you use now and start from the best possible base – shedding any unnecessary applications and licenses along the way. It’s also a good time to develop a way for updates, patches and upgrades to be able to be performed in a ‘business as usual’ way going forward.

 

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