Over the years that Windows 7 has been actively utilised in organisations, the OS has increasingly proved itself to be a dependable and reliable platform for running end using computers; however, it will soon be reaching its end of life. It’s successor, the now widely familiar Windows 10, really does have an awful lot going for it. Here’s why we feel it’s a natural, but valuable, proposition for those still operating Windows 7.
Support is ending;
Technical assistance and security updates for Windows 7, will cease on January 14th, 2020. After that date, if you have computers still running on Windows 7, your organisation will be increasingly vulnerable to hacks, viruses, malware and other potential security threats.
Stronger malware security tools;
Windows 10 includes Windows Defender Antivirus, as standard. This delivers true enterprise-grade device protection against viruses and malware threats; running in the background, Defender automatically updates to protect against the latest threats without impacting on the performance of the user’s machine.
The reliability and strength of Defender is demonstrated in the benchmark tests carried by AV-Comparatives, a leading independent organisation that tests and checks security software providers own claims. Their most recent report concluded Defender was 100% successful in preventing malware and viruses from compromising Windows 10 devices.
Move from CapEx to OpEx
Traditionally, upgrading the Operating Systems of PCs and Laptops across an organisations user-base required capital investment because of the need to buy new Windows desktop OS licences.
The potential burden of this capital expenditure exercise can now be avoided by moving to an operational expenditure model by transitioning to Microsoft 365 Business user subscription model.
Microsoft 365 Business is an extremely good value for money subscription, costing the equivalent of just one takeaway cup of coffee a week for each user and in return, provides users with an evergreen Windows 10 experience (and a free upgrade for users with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Pro licence on their device) as well as the hugely feature and function-rich Office 365 suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint, OneDrive, Intune for centralised device management, Advanced Threat Protection for anti-spam and safe-links protection and Microsoft Teams.
Windows 10 has intelligent features that thwart ransomware from obtaining a user’s documents on their computer. Devices running older versions of Windows are more vulnerable to ransomware attacks.
Recieve updates to Windows 10 efficiently;
Windows 10 comes with an advanced technology feature to streamline update processes. The Unified Update Platform (UUP) identifies new releases to Windows 10 that your computer requires, and automatically downloads only those specific updates. Microsoft report that the UUP can reduce the download size of these updates by up to 35%. This will reduce the amount of storage required to run the OS, as well as eradicating the downtime spent on unnecessary updates.
Configure your organisations computers quickly;
Windows Autopilot is a great feature that allows your admins to configure the systems downloaded from the cloud to your Windows 10 devices. Any new devices added to your network, will automatically be configured to the business’s required settings. This great feature makes managing, configuring and resetting your organisations Windows 10 devices efficiently, securely and effectively.
Please note, Autopilot requires an account with Azure Active Directory and is available in the Enterprise, Education and Professional editions of Windows 10.
Advanced protection when web browsing;
Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional comes with Windows Defender Application Guard, an exceptional new feature that enables you to use the Edge browser within a Virtual Machine (VM). There are many advantages of browsing within a VM, for example, if a user was to unknowingly visits a malicious site containing malware, it wouldn’t be able to infect the device as it’s confined within a virtual space.
The advanced protection this solution offers adds a further layer of defence to your devices and networks, as well as offering peace of mind to your users.
Sync your personal and work computers;
Microsoft have embedded a timeline feature in Windows 10 that syncs the tasks you’re working on, across your Windows 10 devices. For example, if you create a PowerPoint presentation on your home computer, then this will be available on your work computer also.
If you’re ready to make the move to the last OS you need ever operate on, then let us know. As a Microsoft Gold and Silver Partner, we are able to securely Plan, Build and Run your journey to the Modern Workplace with Windows 10, and configure it to suit your business requirements.