This is a question that a lot of our clients have been asking lately, and for good reason. Microsoft has had a poor track record in the business community in the past 5-7 years. Windows 8 and 8.1 were both highly unusable in the business and network environment. Windows 10 promises to change that. Let’s take a look a a few factors that will influence your decision to switch to Windows 10.
This is a major consideration. Many businesses are still running their networks on Windows XP. Believe it or now, XP is now over 10 years old! The reason for this however, is program compatibility. While later versions of Windows (like Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1) have an option to run a program in “Windows XP Compatibility Mode”, it doesn’t guarantee 100% functionality.
Before switching to Windows 10, make a list of programs that your business uses. A quick Google search containing the name of the program and “Windows 10” will give you a good indication of compatibility. If you are still uncertain, it may be worth testing the program out in a Windows 10 environment. If this is too technical, DGL can help you out.
While the Windows platform hasn’t been known for reliability in a long time, Windows 10 promises to change that. The biggest difference in this version of windows is continuous updates. Microsoft manages major OS updates for you, so your IT environment will stay up to date.
Out of the box, Windows 10 promises more security than ever before, despite being always connected to the internet. A great new feature is the use of a PIN instead of a password for logging in. You can read more about this feature here. Although this is substantially better than previous Windows operating systems, DGL strongly recommends proper virus protection and other security measures, depending on the needs of your business.
To Switch, Or Not To Switch?
Windows 10 appears to be the best Windows ever. It’s packed full of performance, reliability, and security features to improve performance and streamline tasks. If you are not 100% certain that your business’s network is ready for Windows 10, don’t make the switch. Your business is probably highly dependent on a functional network. If you want to make the switch and want help doing it, reach out to us for a free consultation.