One of the most popular operating systems for businesses in recent years was Windows XP, and while it provided businesses with the functionality they needed it has been unsupported by Microsoft since 2014. This may not seem like a big deal, but it means that your data is at risk of theft or corruption by hackers as the system has had no security updates or patches since 2014. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits for your business of making the switch to Windows 10.
Unsurprisingly, probably one of the biggest reasons to make the upgrade to Windows 10 is to keep your data safe. With Windows 7 reaching “end of life” on the 14th of January 2020, your business needs to act now in order to keep your data secure. Digital security breaches are extremely costly both in terms of reputation and the impact they have on a business’s profitability. Thanks to its enhanced security offerings, Windows 10 makes it easier for businesses to improve their data security and prove compliance with GDPR regulations. File and download scanning is carried out automatically using SmartScreen which helps to prevent malicious files from reaching your network.
Windows 10 is the update that Windows 8 should have been. Not only has it brought back the start button, but it has also created an intuitive layout that works whether you are using a touch-enabled laptop, tablet device or traditional desktop computer. On top of this there is plenty of new functionality to enjoy with the shift towards cloud-based applications and storage well integrated within the operating system thanks to the excellent OneDrive solution. The great thing about Windows 10 is that it is the same, no matter what device you are using.
Instead of having to purchase annual licenses, software is moving over to a monthly subscription model which is designed to help businesses manage these more effectively. Whether you need to add new users or decrease them, this is easily controlled through your subscription account. And, because pricing is monthly, there are no big upfront license costs when you add new users. Another benefit of the monthly subscription model is that users can be removed when they leave your business.
Thanks to Siri and Alexa, voice commands are becoming increasingly popular and Cortana brings this functionality to the Microsoft universe. Users can navigate to files, carry out internet searches, schedule meetings and much more using just the power of their voice. Cortana is straightforward and intuitive to use and helps make simple tasks a little easier.
Software as a service
Windows 10 has moved from the traditional large scale system updates and versions to the newer software as a service approach. This means that updates and, patches and upgrades will automatically be applied. Those with Enterprise editions will still maintain a modicum of control as to how updates, upgrades and security patches are implemented. The gradual approach and incremental changes mean that businesses will no longer need to deploy a brand-new OS every couple of years.
Apps are essentially software that you can use to complete everything from small tasks to large jobs, and Windows 10 is designed to provide the best experience when using apps. These apps are secure and run in their own sandbox environment and are able to integrate with the rest of the operating system using the action centre to send notifications.
Whether you are running Windows 8 or Windows 7, the upgrade to Windows 10 has plenty of benefits for your business so what are you waiting for, make the upgrade today.