In 2007, Apple had the first iPhone. BlackBerry was skeptical. At the time, the thought of a business phone without a keyboard was laughable. “In terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that’s overstating it,” said Jim Balsillie, the company’s CEO.
He was wrong.
BlackBerry went from leading the smartphone market to struggling to sell devices. Today, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers outpace BlackBerry by a longshot, and the thought of using a mobile device with a keyboard seems archaic now.
Blackberry refused to change with the times and suffered greatly for it. Organizations who are delaying the switch to Windows 10 run the same risk.
Why make the switch to Windows 10?
Microsoft will continue extended support of Windows 7 until 2020, and Intel is continuing (for the moment) to support Windows 7 compatible hardware. But maintaining older versions of Windows operating systems will come with a cost.
The increasing maintenance cost of using an outdated OS, combined with missing features and limited functionality, make a compelling argument for joining the other 600 million users who have already migrated to Windows 10.
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Windows 10 seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft tools like Office 365 and Azure, allowing your team to collaborate easily. Additionally, consistent interface design makes it much easier to work with multiple devices. Older OS versions don’t allow for such a seamless transition.
Windows Information Protection lets you encrypt sensitive data on personal and business devices. It also prevents employees from copying and pasting sensitive data into personal applications. Previous Windows operating systems do not provide comprehensive protection that incorporates as easily with “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies.
Windows Hello for Business acts as two-factor authentication. Biometric indicators such as facial recognition and fingerprint matching can verify credentials, eliminating both the need to remember strong passwords and the risk that they could be exposed.
Device Guard reduces the surface vulnerability of your network by ensuring that only good, known code can run on locked-down devices. The same protection isn’t present in previous versions of Windows.
Whether you operate using a cloud-based, on-premise, or hybrid business model, Windows 10 allows you to be flexible in managing your end users. Using older OS versions hinders your organization’s potential for growth.
Microsoft plans to roll out major Windows 10 updates with new features twice a year, in March and September. Additional security and stability updates will be released every month. While the notion of new feature updates occurring twice a year can be daunting, Windows 10 offers flexibility to ease the burden to your business.
“No matter what your reason is to move to Windows 10, there will be even more reasons in the future because Windows 10 keeps getting better.” – CIO
The new OS supports current technology and will support new hardware as its released, making all your network upgrades and improvements faster and easier to implement. Holding off on switching to Windows 10 means it will require more effort and troubleshooting to replace or extend critical equipment and devices in the future.
Migrating to the future.
Migrating to the new Windows 10 ensures your business will not fall behind the curve. Delaying the switch to Windows 10 increases the chance that your organization will experience negative operational and monetary consequences that will soon hinder progress and productivity. Microserve can help you facilitate a transition plan that doesn’t sacrifice your bottom line.
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