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Windows 10 is an enterprise winner. There are now 400 million devices running Microsoft’s newest OS, many of them in enterprises large and small.
However, a few businesses are still using older versions. The problem with that is that end-of-life is approaching, so businesses need to be looking at upgrading soon. There is some misinformation floating around about Windows 10, which could be stopping some businesses from upgrading.
Businesses may be put off making the move to Windows 10 by the thought of a long, expensive and difficult upgrade cycle. With previous editions of Windows that could have been the case, with a huge update needed across the business every couple of years.
However, with the introduction of Windows as a Service (WaaS), Microsoft has removed much of the upgrade cycle frustration. Instead of big updates every three to five years, Microsoft will push out incremental updates and new features two to three times per year. This makes life much easier for IT, and ensures that end users always have the best version of Windows 10.
The modern enterprise is no longer contained within its four walls; workers are mobile and use a wide variety of devices to get their work done. Collaboration is a huge part of that, and Windows 10 caters to those needs. With Universal Apps, users can access their critical apps and data from any device, making remote working and collaboration a breeze. And OneDrive integration makes file sharing fast, convenient and secure.
It’s absolutely true that imaging and configuring a Windows environment used to be a labour-intensive process, that’s no longer true. Any businesses wary of beginning the journey to Windows 10 because of issues like this need not worry.
The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (WICD) enables IT to quickly provision and configure Windows 10 devices, whether they are desktops or mobile devices. Using operating system load and drivers provided by the OEM, WICD creates a smaller image, which streamlines the whole process.
Security is a big concern for businesses and there have been some scary headlines around Windows 10. This include concerns over what data is collected and how it’s used. However, Windows 10 comes with granular controls that allow IT to dictate what (anonymised) data is sent to Microsoft for, among other things, diagnostics, which will help improve the Windows 10 experience.
There are other Windows 10 security features that make it perfect for modern, mobile enterprises. Perhaps most importantly is the separation of business and personal data on a device, so business data is encrypted and cannot be read if the device is lost or stolen.
As discussed above, Microsoft is switching to incremental updates in Windows 10 via WaaS. This means updates will be pushed out regularly instead of all-at-once under a new Windows number.
This does not mean the end of Windows at all. Instead it is a reflection of a new Windows, one that is easier to use and update, and one that gives employees the mobility and familiarity they’re used to and IT the security it demands.
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