Is your company currently using Windows 7? If so, it’s time to consider upgrading or even replacing your organization’s workstations to be on Windows 10. Once Microsoft ends support on January 14, 2020, operating systems that are still using Windows 7 will be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats including viruses, zero-day exploits, ransomware, malware, and spyware. Microsoft will no longer be providing the security updates/patches that they normally do when a cyber threat emerges.
One of the more consistent questions that remain on the forefront of business owners is “What are the benefits of switching over to Windows 10 besides the obvious security risks?” Here’s a look at the Top 3 benefits for an organization to switch over to Windows 10.
#1 Efficient Updates
Have you ever found yourself contemplating if you really need that update for Windows? Do you really have the time to sit through an update? In Windows 10, Microsoft has released a technology feature called the Unified Update Platform (UUP) that will identify only the important updates that your computer needs and then download them. Microsoft has stated that UUP will reduce the download sizes by 35%.
#2 Enhanced Security
Microsoft has made major enhancements in security for Windows 10. Inheriting and improving the Secure Boot feature from Windows 8, a code is required when the operating system starts to ensure only trusted bootloaders are loading. In addition, Windows 10 has multiple levels of protection to stop malware in its tracks. This includes using Windows Defender to determine if an app is safe to use and to quarantine the ones that appear to be malicious. The SmartScreen Filter will send out a warning before a user utilizes an untrustworthy app. There are many additional features that Microsoft has introduced in Windows 10 to decrease your risk of cybersecurity threats.
#3 Speed has Increased
One of the most frustrating items from Windows 7 and 8 was the amount of unwarranted downtimes. Worry no more, because Microsoft has made significant improvements in Windows 10. Windows 10 streamlines the startup experience by eliminating unnecessary processes.
In conclusion, these are only some of the benefits that Windows 10 has to offer. We understand that switching over your organization to Windows 10 can be both time-consuming and can even be costly. However, it’s very important to look at this from a very different angle. If your organization chooses to keep Windows 7, and a virus were to attack your system, imagine what the damage and cost could potentially be. It’s important to keep your data safe and that is why it’s recommended to plan your migration to Windows 10. The ending of support for Windows 7 is imminent and will be here before you know it.