Windows 10 was released to the world on July 29, 2015 and is already running on over 75 million computers world-wide. The feedback has been extremely positive and overall it is looking like a great operating system for desktops, notebooks and tablets. It runs faster than previous versions of Windows and Microsoft are pushing harder than ever to get as many users as possible on to their new platform. But when should you upgrade to Windows 10?
The Windows 10 Upgrade itself is free for anyone currently running Windows 7 or 8.1 and relatively easy to do and on a personal device there are generally not that many other options to consider. Most software that runs on Windows 7 or 8.1 should work on Windows 10 without issue and unless you are holding on to some very old printers or scanners, things should generally go pretty smoothly.
In a business environment however there are other important factors to consider that may quickly take that ‘free’ tag away. The first and most important item is change. Windows 10 looks different and if your staff are not great at dealing with change or confident in using new computer systems, then you may have a productivity problem dealing with how to navigate your way around the new operating system. Coming from Windows 8.1, the new layout of Windows 10 makes a lot more sense. The Start Menu is back with the full screen option retired to tablet devices only, multi-tasking tools are improved and things just generally make a lot more sense than they did in Windows 8.1. Overall it is a more thought out system than Windows 8.1. Coming from Windows 7 however, the change is more dramatic. As mentioned above, the Start Menu is there, however compared to Windows 7 it is very different and non tech savvy users may find it a bit daunting to find their way around.
It is common in business environments to find some older technologies still in use, whether that be photocopiers, printers, scanners or software. When considering a Windows 10 upgrade, although most of these items should work OK, some testing needs to be done so you do not find yourself in a scenario where the entire office that has been upgraded to Windows 10 can no longer use the most important item in the business.
Windows 10 includes a replacement for Internet Explorer called ‘Edge’. This can be a factor when dealing with cloud based systems that are often presented to users through a web browser. If your system relies on web based services, which most do at some point, it is important to ensure that these will work OK for your users in those browsers. Microsoft have included Internet Explorer in the background of the new operating system, but most users will not find it without searching.
With all of this information you may still be asking, ‘When should I upgrade to Windows 10?’ and the answer is, it depends on whether this is a personal device, or a business machine.
For personal laptops, home computers, or even business based tablets/hybrids running Windows 8.1, then Windows 10 is a great upgrade provided you don’t have dependencies on very old equipment. The new features work well with portable devices, there can be speed increases depending on how old your equipment is and the upgrade is free for the first year, so there is no reason not to take advantage of this.
For business workstations, we would suggest holding off until your next fleet upgrade. Depending on the operating system you are currently using, the learning curve for your staff may be higher than you realise and to avoid a loss in productivity or potential issues with third party software or devices, this change could be handled with proper training and a planned deployment.
If you are interested in discussing Windows 10 or your next PC fleet upgrade, we encourage you to call us today on 1300 138 761 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org