Are you still using Windows 7 in your business? Time is running out……

Don’t fall behind, become more mobile, efficient and secure with an operating system and productivity tools intended for modern requirements. The increase in demand for new methods of working, simple and secure access to powerful cloud-based capabilities, makes upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365 a necessity for organisations that want to achieve more, quicker.

The benefits of upgrading are globally acknowledged, but if your business is still hesitant—whether due to concerns over cost, disruption, skills, or simply a fear of change—here are our top reasons to make the move now and how we can help:

1. Reducing Risk

Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. After this approaching deadline organisations will lose all access to critical security updates, leaving them significantly vulnerable to ever-evolving threats. With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect and potentially company-destroying fines for data breaches, no organisation should expose itself to such unnecessary risk. Although Microsoft has said extended Windows 7 support will be available until January 2023, it will come at a premium and continuously increasing cost per machine. As a result, those that remain with the old operating system will end up paying a high price—one way or another.

2. Utilise the latest technologies

As with software, hardware improvements continue to be released. All new desktops and laptops now come with Windows 10 as standard and suppliers are steadily phasing out support for Windows 7. Designed for mobility and ease-of-use across devices, Windows 10 is an essential upgrade if your organisation wants to exploit the latest hardware to its full potential—from touchscreen control to on-the-go video conferencing.

3. Start benefiting sooner

The continuous acceleration of technology change means that implementing Windows 10 is inevitable. The quicker your organisation makes the change, the quicker you will start benefiting from new capabilities. Or vice versa: the later you leave upgrading, the greater the pressure. Organisations that do not make the change will find themselves steadily falling behind on workforce expectations. When the upgrade becomes impossible to ignore, it will then need to be deployed on tighter timescales, under greater financial pressure and with no margin for error.

4. You may not have to buy another version of Windows ever again

When Windows 10 was first released, it was sold as the last version of Windows they will make, currently this is still true – there are no plans to launch a new version of Windows. Microsoft do not have any intention of releasing a Windows 11, instead, their teams are focused on improving their latest operating system, optimising it to give the user the best experience possible.

5. Windows 10 is faster

Windows 10 has a host of performance improvements that make your PC better in many ways. It’s more efficient, which means laptop batteries will last that little bit longer when they’re unplugged. It’s also faster at waking up from sleep mode so you don’t have to wait around quite so long for your PC to be ready to use. Microsoft also claim that their new web browser, Microsoft Edge, is faster too.

Shea Doran
2nd Line Infrastructure Analyst

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