Whether you like it or not, Windows 10 is coming. And while we’ve become accustomed to referring to it as coldly as The Stark’s winter, there’s actually a lot to be said for welcoming the upgrade with open arms. Here’s five reasons why making the shift now will have a positive long-term impact on your business.
1. Slow and steady wins the race
Like we said, change is on the horizon. And while everyone’s busy sheltering themselves from the inevitable, you can get ahead and save vital hours of man power.
That’s all down to another area of contention – the wonderful world of upgrades. Instead of being lumped with major application updates every two years – one’s that overwhelm your operations indefinitely – Windows 10 breaks up the task into manageable, bite-sized pieces. Deployment jobs shrink, but occur more regularly (every 6 months or so), ultimately promoting a more efficient and streamlined way-of-working.
And whether it’s big bang migrations or regular process improvements – a range of Syntaro services help facilitate the change.
2. The times they are a changin’
The year Windows 7 arrived, exciting things happened. Facebook overtook Myspace, USB 3.0 hit the market, followed shortly by 4G. Now the season for change is reemerging – with equally thrilling transformations in the pipeline.
Choose to fight the tide, and watch your support network stagnate. Sure, devices keep running – but the lights go out on vital security updates and access to system hardware.
Research by NetMarketShare shows that Windows 10 has gained a little ground, with the percentage of users increasing from 39.22% to 44.1% market share. Yet the majority are sticking with what they know. At what price?
3. More now, less later
The launch of Windows 10 in 2015 saw Microsoft present users with an attractive offer – upgrade free of charge. This was mainly to mitigate the unpopularity of Windows 8.
Now – that offer has gone and the playing field has changed again. But the costs associated with staying put are more apparent than ever. Windows 7 support will now enter an exponential price model, with costs continuing to double from one year to the next(USD 25 per device in 2020 and USD 100 by 2022). The Windows 10 service model allows you to hone your operations by tailoring support to your company needs. Less costs and ultimately more efficiency. Refusing to budge equals a long list of losses.
4. The future looks safe
Security is top of mind for every millenial business. Hackers are getting smarter – they know where the weak spots lie – and they wait until the End of Life period to pounce.
Fundamental parts of the Windows 7 product will become vulnerable – and they won’t get fixed if you sit tight. Meanwhile, your employees are on the move – hopping from place to place; across different continents. Sitting tight means sitting ducks, with viruses and security risks almost a given…
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
5. Cards in your hands
And that leads us on to our last – and perhaps most positive – reason to embrace the transition. Windows 10 offers more user-friendly capabilities than ever. As Windows 7 does not experience frequent updates to it’s service, devices are usually protected by restricting user options and application sets. More options equals more responsibilities and ultimately more possibilities – which actually becomes a security enabler. On a correctly configured Windows 10 device, most applications are allowed – and instead, your data is protected.
We are ruled by the millennial generation. We’re used to sharing our files on Dropbox and Google Drive, and communicating on open channels like Whatsapp. A modern workforce needs the flexibility.
So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us or sign up for more updates on related topics. It’s time to make the leap together.