Windows 10 – Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge

Making updates for the sake of updates shouldn’t be the only reason take the plunge. An up-to-date system is always a good thing from a security standpoint however, timing of these changes are an important business decision.

Why upgrade?
Besides being considered to be the “most secured Windows ever built,” Windows 10 combines the best elements of previous versions of Windows operating systems and increased fluidity and compatibility across devices. In a business environment where documents are shared extensively, transitioning from a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet should be easier than ever before, leading to increased productivity. Microsoft’s emphasis on universal apps working across multiple platforms demonstrates Microsoft’s goal of a harmonious relationship between function and accessibility.

When to upgrade
It is not necessary to push for an immediate upgrade. With any major technology release, taking a conservative and considerate approach before upgrading will allow time for system’s issues to surface and be resolved.

As with any software release, users and business should expect updates and patches in the months to follow. This can be time consuming and therefore disruptive to your organization’s productivity if not handled correctly. Your IT Company can help to plan the best time for your organization to makes these updates as unobtrusive as possible.

Business Applications & Compatibility
It is recommended that companies take an inventory of all existing computers and mobile devices. This is an important step in knowing how the OS will impact business operations. Some older computers that are still running Windows Vista/ Windows 7 may not be able to support Widows 10.

Chris Miller, the CIO at managed service provider and Microsoft partner Avanade, recommends looking closely at business application migration. By choosing a few important business apps that will be the easiest to migrate to the new platform you can then create a deployment strategy around them. Your IT providers can help you with this.