Having heard about the forthcoming release of Windows 10 in 2015, some businesses currently running Windows 7 are uncertain whether to upgrade to Windows 8 in preparation, or wait until Windows 10 comes out
If the reported struggles with Windows 8 prevented you upgrading, there’s good news. IT systems running Windows 7 can jump straight to Windows 10
Save money by waiting
For many, upgrading to Windows 8 proved to be a costly exercise:
- Users couldn’t get used to the unfamiliar interface
- Productivity was lost
- Further costs were incurred in reverting to Windows 7
Because Windows 8 is modelled on and optimised for mobile devices, it doesn’t translate too well onto PCs reliant on keyboard and mouse to get around.
Other unfamiliar ways of accessing what had previously been quick and easy functions – such as the ‘charms’ menu that replaced ‘start’ and other common Windows menus – can make using Windows 8 a frustrating experience for some. When previously quick, automatic processes like simply locating and opening files becomes a challenge, productivity can take a serious dive.
So much so, in fact, that many companies were subsequently faced with additional costs to go back to Windows 7 in order to get business schedules back on target.
The Balancing Act of Windows 10
With the design of Windows 10, Microsoft has redressed the balance.
For concerned businesses that can’t afford unnecessary IT disruptions, Windows 10 perfectly balances the best of Windows 8 with everything users loved in Windows 7.
Returning to a more familiar user interface, Windows 10 is a more robust business operating system that also has the touch capability benefits and security of Windows 8.
Further, the new converged application platform that is the heart of Windows 10, removes compatibility concerns. Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been, an intelligent OS that recognises the device it’s on, adapting its user interface and so optimising its own performance.
For users who did upgrade to Windows 8 and have just got used to it, the news is equally good. The tile interface remains, with much else that’s now familiar in the current operating system. The huge difference is the blend of interface functions that means both 7 and 8 users will feel comfortable.
Smooth Upgrades for those Running Windows 7
With minimal disruption across departments and productivity, going straight from Windows 7 to 10 will provide:
- Enhanced protection against phishing attempts or security breaches
- Mobile protection that follows data wherever it goes: from PC to tablet to cloud to USB drive
- Seamless integration with Microsoft 365
- Customised single app store
and so much more.
Windows 10 is the operating system businesses have been waiting for. One that works alongside you without creating productivity barriers.
If you’d like more information on upgrading to Windows 10, or if we can advise in any way on how best to strengthen your current IT infrastructure, please get in touch.