Top 3 reasons to migrate to Windows 10

Date Added 20/11/2018

As Windows 7 etches closer to end-of-life in January 2020 - users have to start planning to migrate to a new operating system. In most cases it will be Windows 10.  While migration has its own challenges (and at PSTG we work with our customers to ensure business continuity - more on this later) there are a number of reasons why Windows 10 provides an excellent transition destination for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.

Reason 1. Security

Once Windows 7 reaches end-of-life Microsoft will not be providing security patches. We believe this to be the most critical driver for customers.

Without the latest security updates devices running on Windows 7 will be increasingly vulnerable to security threats. Even with anti-virus and firewalls an unsupported operating system is a magnet for malicious activity. With intelligent security built in, Windows 10 protects, detects, and automatically responds to the most advanced malware and hacking threats, while safeguarding user identities, devices, and business information.

PSTG recommends enhancing the security around your desktop and application environment over and above what Microsoft offers, however Windows 10 does include:

Anti-ransomware
A collection of Windows Defender features including Application Guard, Exploit Guard, Application Control, Antivirus, and Advanced Threat Protection that are designed to protect, detect and respond to the most advanced forms of known and even unknown ransomware.

Windows Hello for Business
An easy to deploy multi-factor password alternative that enables users to use Windows Hello companion devices, PINs, or even biometrics using fingerprint or facial recognition for enterprise grade authentication on-premises and in the cloud.

Windows Information Protection
Business and personal data will be separated and contained such that it doesn’t leak to unauthorised users, documents, apps, or locations on the web.

Reason 2. Simplified Updates

The methodology around updating Windows has completely changed, moving away from major upgrades every few years to feature updates twice per year. Windows 10 does provide some tools needed to transform the way customers consume IT and Microsoft states that the majority of applications that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 10.

Reason 3. Enhanced Productivity

To remain competitive, organisations need to work smarter – and to use technology that enables them to be more productive and transform how they collaborate.

As more teams are collaborating digitally, they need:

• Seamless integration with collaboration tools
• A broad range of options for different user preferences

Windows 10 is an intuitive, easy-to-use operating system, with the built-in tools and features that individuals and teams need to collaborate. Core capabilities give users options for how they interact with their devices, stay in sync, and find what they need faster. Built-in apps, designed to work across PCs, tablets, or mobile phones, help users pick up where they left off and stay in the flow. Together, Windows 10 and Office 365 equip users with a comprehensive toolkit of apps and services, giving individuals and teams flexibility in how they create, connect, share, and communicate.

Planning for a seamless migration

The migration to Windows 10 can be complicated. If you are a larger organisation it's likely that you have multiple applications that run on older Microsoft operating systems. It's not a case of downloading and running an upgrade. PSTG manage this process for customers - although each project is be-spoke to our customers specific requirements we carry out a number of steps throughout every project to ensure we minimise any compromise to business continuity.

We focus first on our customer's existing IT estate - devices, applications as well as understanding the business operations that depend on it. We identify what hardware can be made redundant, refreshed or replaced. We ask the questions about how we can make IT operations more efficient? What services could be managed? We refer to this stage as 'Upgrade Readiness'.

A project team - comprised of experts from PSTG and the customer - is created - with roles and responsibilities defined to work out the requirements and how they can be delivered - in our case using Prince2 methodology.
Many of our customers choose a managed service from PSTG so they are assured that the systems are updated regularly, supported, and monitored 24/7.

Migrating to Windows 10 is not just about 'keeping systems up-to date'. Enterprise needs are evolving quickly with the rise of digital transformation and employee’s expectation are changing - remote working, mobility, and flexible hours. They expect their technology to be seamless too - providing them with modern tools so they can collaborate, be creative, efficient and adaptable. Businesses must be prepared to harness this innovation.

We'd be happy to partner with you to make your Windows 10 migration a success. Call us now on 0203 907 9500 and we can set up a call with one of our project team.

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