Recently, ComputerWorld published a list of six key reasons why companies should consider upgrading their current version of Microsoft Windows to the latest Windows 10 version. While the information is provided by the folks at Dell Migration Services and might be viewed as self-serving, their key points do highlight some of the advantages of moving to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
In abbreviated form, we’ll recap their key takeaways here:
- Support for modern technology. When Windows XP debuted nearly 15 years ago, much of today’s technology was still years away: smart phones, tablets, virtualization, the cloud and so on. Today’s more modern technologies, on the other hand, accommodate all the above, not to mention 64-bit technology, touch screens and a host of other advances. Today’s hardware can’t even run XP for the most part (without some virtual PC shenanigans). Today’s thinner, lighter hardware, equipped with solid state drives and faster processors requires a more modern operating system.
- Improved productivity. Windows 10 users receive the same user experience as Windows 7, so it’s familiar. They also get a customizable Start menu, a new browser (Edge) and digital assistant (Cortana) that can help speed up work. You can move more easily across devices. It’s a nice combination of familiarity and flexibility.
- Enhanced security. Windows 10 is said to be their most secure ever. It offers advanced secure authentication options – the two-factor, PIN based Microsoft Passport, or Windows Hello, which supports newer technologies like fingerprint and face/iris recognition. It also provides updated security features (Enterprise Data Protection and Device Guard) to protect against the latest security threats.
- Better manageability. Windows 10 is easier to deploy than prior versions. It has expanded mobile device capabilities and offers support for Azure (cloud) Active Directory. IT administrators can work from a single console to manage widely dispersed clients.
- Improved stability. As the article’s authors note: “With the Universal Windows Platform in Windows 10, enterprises can write one app that launches across every device but also tailors the user experience to the device based on screen size, input and accessories.” Thus, companies derive more bang for the buck out of their app investments.
- One Windows. More than any prior version, Microsoft says that Windows 10 is built to run across the most platforms and form factors ever, including laptops, desktops, tablets, phones and so on. It scales up to industrial-strength “ruggedized devices” and the Internet of Things… all the way up to 85” conference room displays. One app platform, one security model and one deployment and management approach. The idea is to save time and money across the enterprise.
Lest we sound like a shill for Dell or Microsoft… we’re not. We just thought they provided some decent food for thought for those considering the upgrade within their own companies. You can find access to the full text article here.