Windows 7 to Windows 10: Two-thirds of business PCs have switched over already
From a survey by a security company called 1E, around two-thirds of PCs in business have already switched over to Windows 10: and that figure is pretty much uniform across a range of sectors. It's also roughly in line with other surveys and data points about Windows 10 migration that have marked the six months remaining until Windows 7 goes out of extended support in January 2020.
No extended support means no more fixes and patches unless your organisation is willing to pay for them, and staying secure is one clear reason to upgrade: nearly nine out of ten businesses surveyed said that security was a key factor.
Leaving Windows 7 also means moving to the new Windows as a Service model, which sees new features and bug fixes arriving on new regular basis rather than in monolithic upgrades every year or two. But for companies used to cautiously testing new software before introducing it more widely, that's going to be a significant shift in how they rollout new software; especially as they are already being bombarded with patches to test from other vendors.
As mentioned before, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 in less than a year. That means that upgrading Windows 10 is your best bet to stay safe from the ever-evolving threats from viruses. However, unlike Windows 7 which only received one major “Service Pack” update, Microsoft frequently works on big updates to Windows 10. Fresh features are always making its way into the newer Windows operating system. It gets major updates twice a year, with the most recent update in April 2019. In the past few years, Windows 10 has received new features like the ability to sync your activities across devices with Windows Timeline and continue things on your Android phone on your PC.
Here are some of the reasons why to upgrade to Windows 10:
- You can synchronise your Windows settings and App data on Windows 10
- Windows 10 comes with the new Store App that allows you to install apps like on a mobile phone trusted by Microsoft that can be synchronised on all your devices signed in with a Microsoft account
- Windows 10 has an Action Centre with notifications which can notify you on things like Outlook receiving email, Windows security concerns, antivirus pop-ups and App specific notifications from apps downloaded in the Microsoft Store. This notification feature displays notifications in a precise location and space so that it is unobtrusive to you.
- Office 2019 won't install on Windows 7 and Microsoft is planning to remove support for Office 2016 in 2025 so you won't be able to use the 365 cloud access feature for Office 2016
- You can have the option of signing in with a pin code or a password. You can sign in with your Microsoft Account on any computer to have your Windows settings synchronised.
- If your Windows 10 devices are joined to a Windows domain in your business, the IT team of administrators can take advantage of Active Directory features. Various network and local resources can be limited, restricted or made available to various customised groups. Individual users, specific devices or larger groups can all be nominated depending on the requirement.