It has been more than five years since Windows 10 was released for individual and professional users. The early surveys and market research suggested that organizations would migrate to Windows 10 within the next 1-2 years. However, the move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 hasn’t materialized as expected. Until last year, only 19% of organizations had moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10. This year too, the pandemic has kept this migration and deployment slow.
If you spearhead the technological arm of an organization persisting with Windows 7, you need to make quick decisions for moving your digital environment to Windows 10. If you need more convincing on making this move, then continue reading this post. Here, we will discuss reasons highlighting why an organization should immediately move from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
6 Reasons to Move from Windows 7 to Windows 10
1. The Support for Windows 7 Has Ended
Microsoft has ended technical assistance and security updates for Windows 7 at the beginning of the year. Hence, if your business still uses Windows 7-operated devices, you are administrating a workplace with an outdated and insecure digital foundation.
It is essential to understand that cybercriminals continuously finesse their codes to break through the operating systems’ built-in defense mechanism. Therefore, operating systems keep themselves up to the task through security updates and patches. These security updates make sure your devices remain protected from the latest shenanigans of cybercriminals.
Since Microsoft is not rolling out new security updates for Windows 7, all devices still using it have become more vulnerable to malware attacks, hacks, and many potential cybersecurity threats that might still be in the making. Also, keep in mind that malware infecting a single Windows 7 device can eventually infect all the devices connected through your organization’s intranet.
A business can’t deal with a successful hacking or malware infiltration attempt like individual users who reinstall the Windows or change device (only in worst-case scenarios). Cybersecurity failure hurts them on multiple fronts. It can disrupt the workflow and cause extended downtime with lots of canceled order and monetary losses. A successful cyber attack also stains the reputation of a business.
Given all these consequences of working with an outdated Windows version, it makes complete sense to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
2. Move from Microsoft Windows 7 to Windows 10 Will Enable Safer Browsing
We all know that a large number of cyber attacks and infections originate from websites. Therefore, safe web browsing is deemed one of the most effective preventive methods of protecting your systems, devices, and networks. However, such ideal safe browsing protection seldom exists in any workspace. Employees eventually inadvertently step on a mine of an infected website. Windows 10 proactively helps you and your employees to browse without getting your devices and network infected.
If you opt for Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional, you can use Microsoft’s new web browser Edge inside a virtual machine. In case anyone visits an infected website, its malicious code will remain confined to the virtual machine without spreading to your actual machines and networks.
3. For Stronger Security Features
As the two reasons we have discussed, this one also relates to cybersecurity. Microsoft has improved the built-in security features of its operating system in Windows 10. Therefore, a move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 entails noticeable progress. Here, we will give you a quick rundown of how Windows 10 boasts better security features among all MS operating systems.
- Windows 10 features Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which is not present in any earlier version of the operating system. The Defender Exploit Guard scans, isolates, and removes malware.
- Windows 10 also features Advanced Threat Protection that offers an endpoint security solution. This cloud-based feature protects devices on an organization’s network against sophisticated cyber attacks, from preventive protection to post-breach detection and automated investigation and response.
- Windows 10 also comes with a built-in ransomware protection feature. This feature consists of two elements: controlled folder access and ransomware data recovery. The first element locks in your crucial data into a safe vault impervious to ransomware encryption. The second element decrypts and decodes the encryption and helps recovers your lost data.
4. For Easy Configuration of New Devices
Apart from security superiority, Windows 10 also has the edge over Windows 7 with its agility and configuring features. For instance, it is easier for you to configure a new device to your business requirements if your network and devices are running on Windows 10. Microsoft has improved this configuration attribute by introducing an application called Autopilot. It lets every new user download customized system configurations from the cloud to set up the new device in line with needed settings.
5. To Connect with Clients and Partners with an Ease
Windows 10 Taskbar features the My People feature. It allows you to pin your important contacts as shortcut icons on the bar. You can make Skype calls or send emails to your business contacts with a single tap and click. This feature will streamline your B2B communications and workflow.
6. Move from Microsoft Windows 7 to Windows 10 Enables Syncing Office and Home Work Desks
In the wake of the pandemic, many organizations have gone to a hybrid working model where people work from home and office to maintain COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Windows 10 facilitates working on both personal and work computers at the same time through its Timeline feature.
You can start working on an excel file from your office computer and then keep working at it from home without transferring the file or uploading/downloading as long as both devices use the same Microsoft account. This feature is valuable to all those employees balancing themselves on the tricky rope of office and work-at-home routine.
The above discussion makes a strong case for why you need to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for your organization or business.
For quick deployment of Windows 10 on your network and devices, get in touch with Microsys. The company is committed to providing superior network, computer, and business application support services. Our experts will ensure that you can make a smooth transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without facing any downtime.