To encourage user adoption, Microsoft has been offering free upgrades to the new Windows 10 operating system for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
The free upgrade goes only until the 29/07/16 where, after that date, the cost of the product will reach $300.00 per license!
A lot of people are reluctant in upgrading their operating system and a bit unsure about the “free” download. We dug deeper into Windows 10 and found quite a number of benefits to upgrading your PC’s, but here are the highlights:
- Microsoft intends for Windows 10 to be the last numbered base version of Windows, meaning that from now on updates will roll-out continually over time. There will be no more major OS upgrades i.e. Windows 7 to Windows 8.
- It requires less space and can achieve more performance than older systems. Particularly boot up times.
- Modern operating system but with familiarity of Windows 7.
- Windows Search is much improved.
- Truly optimised for tablets – if you currently use a tablet with Windows 8.1, Windows 10 presents great improvements when using the touch interface.
The main drawback of the upgrade could be the learning curve for some users. Although it is very familiar and similar to Windows 7 in some ways, it may take a bit to learn for a few users. Also, businesses might encounter some difficulties upgrading the operating system as users can experience problems and have their work temporally interrupted.
Factors to consider
If your business is considering upgrading to Windows 10 there are a number of factors to consider before jumping on it. Below we have highlighted what we consider the main points:
- Machine suitability – If your PC is simply too old or under powered, you will find the upgrade may not work for you.
- Application and printer compatibility – You have to research or contact your vendors to ensure the applications you use are available for Windows 10. What’s the use of upgrading your computer if the applications you have, or the printer you use can’t upgrade with it?
- Hardware plugged in to your PC, peripherals – You also need to check if they are compatible or not and will continue to work after the upgrade, i.e if your scanner, media device or camera is old it may not work on the operating system.
We think it is important to highlight the benefits of the upgrade as well as the issues you can encounter with Windows 10. The main aim of this article is primarily to provide points we believe should be taken into account when deciding whether to upgrade to Windows 10 and encourage all businesses to evaluate the worth to their own business of taking up this great value offer from Microsoft before it expires on July 29th, 2016.
For our clients, Bremmar has developed and tested its own upgrade process and we have had only successful upgrades so far! Our process is detailed and involves preparing the client environment for the upgrade, full compatibility checks as well as testing it in one machine before rolling out to the entire company.
If you want a detailed how-to upgrade or need more information on the product, you can check Microsoft’s website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/windows-10-upgrade
Important to remember!
- The free upgrade offer isn’t available for devices running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Enterprise editions of Windows.
- Not every device eligible for upgrade will run every feature of Windows 10.
If you are unsure about Windows 10 for your business and would like to discuss your requirements with one of our IT consultants, contact us on 1300 991 351 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Our consultants are highly experienced and can do a brief evaluation of your systems to advise if the operating system is suited for your requirements.