Five Reasons Windows 10 is replacing Windows 7
Make way for Windows 10
Death, taxes, and tech making way for better tech…three truths in life. Nothing in the tech world lasts forever, except the late 90s Nokia cell phones, and Microsoft’s Windows 7 is the next to walk the green mile, as Windows 10 positions itself for the key spot on the mantle.
Microsoft announced that the Windows 7 operating system will no longer receive security updates as of January 2020. And with that deadline on the horizon, a transition to Windows 10 is inevitable.
With this in mind, your business will need to think about your transition sooner rather than later. For larger organizations, Microsoft does have a few options to help mitigate costs, but first, let’s look at who needs to pay attention, and what you might be gaining from your upgrade.
Who might be Affected?
With over 180 million commercial PCs operating on Windows 7 worldwide, and roughly 45 million in the US, the number of businesses that need to transition is fairly large. Primarily, it’s small- and mid-sized businesses, but there are a few enterprise businesses that require an upgrade, as well. These Enterprise-level businesses likely will see the most benefits from the upgrade, as the upgrade from the “professional” license to the “enterprise” license is a nice bump.
As we mentioned, Windows 7 is slated to drop off support in early January. Basically, this means that from that point on, no security updates will be provided for Windows 7 users. In other words, most consumers who do not migrate before that time will risk leaving their systems unpatched should any errors arise. This includes hacks, breaches, and exploitation of data. But the migration should be simple, and you’re going to love Windows 10.
What’s so Cool about Windows 10?
If you have not seen a demo of Windows 10 Enterprise you really should. Windows 10 Enterprise unlocks over 10 security features not found in other editions, including personal favorites Windows 10 Device Guard and Windows 10 Application Guard.
Have you ever want to stop users from downloading and installing whatever they want? The features unlocked with Enterprise can significantly improve your device security. Windows 10 Credential Guard can even help make sure compromised machines cannot pass along additional passwords stored on that machine stopping attacks much faster and preventing them from becoming widespread issues. So with that, here are five reasons Windows 7 is on the way out.
1. Microsoft’s Windows 10 will feature the Group Policy editor tool again, one that allows businesses to manage settings from one primary location. This includes policies that manage consumer experience, windows tips and suggestions, as well as what users can and can’t download from the Window Store. This is an excellent tool for IT managers who have
2. Two new safety features, Device Guard and Credential Guard, each provide new levels of safety and security to the anti-virus game. Device Guard gives your IT manager / team an override button for apps, allowing your business to select what apps are allowed on the operating system. It ensures only approved code can run, hardening your computer against potential hacks. On the other hand, Credential Guard uses a virtual network to provide different service for different user accounts using network login credentials. Basically, you can determine which staff can access which apps and features, all with just a few clicks.
3. Microsoft’s new “Your Phone” app is an innovative tool that should help marketers and brands share photos with a flash! It’s as easy as snap a photo then immediately view it on your computer. There is no emailing, texting, or uploading your photo, it’s simply on your computer. It syncs automagically, so be careful with those personal selfies! And while this looks to only work with Android phones, for now, it should be rolling out to others in the near future.
What else can you get from the Enterprise level?
4, Worried about hacks and breaches? Get the data security you need when upgrading from a Pro package to an Enterprise package for just a few dollars a month. Many of the above features only get better if you upgrade. Want to test it but can’t pull the trigger? This 90-day evaluation copy of Windows 10 Enterprise is a great way to assess the security features without finalizing a long-term deal.
5. AppLocker is the security feature that makes you weep with happiness. This tool will make a real-world difference, allowing you to set rules for which user accounts can run specific programs. Simply set up a whitelist of apps, and users will only function in those places. However, unless you’re on the Enterprise level, these rules won’t be enforced across the network. One more reason to upgrade.
Did we give you enough reasons to consider Windows 10?
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