If your office workstations are currently running Windows 7 or 8, you are entitled to free upgrade to Windows 10, but you only have until July 28th, 2016 to take advantage of this upgrade. After July if you want to upgrade you will have to purchase the upgrade to Windows 10.
So why upgrade to Windows 10?
One of the most compelling reasons to take advantage of the free upgrade is continued support for your operating system from Microsoft.
- Windows 7 – End of mainstream support: 1/13/2015
- Windows 7 – End of extended support: 1/14/2020
- Windows 8 – End of mainstream support: 1/9/2018
- Windows 8 – End of extended support: 1/10/2023
- Windows 10 – End of mainstream support: 10/13/2020
- Windows 10 – End of extended support: 10/14/2025
By taking advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade your workstation can continue to be supported until October if 2025 at least.
Return of the Start menu
One of the most irritating missing features on Windows 8 was the absences of the Start Menu. In Windows 10 its back and upgraded.
Faster Boot Times
If you are still using Windows 7 you missed one of the best reasons to upgrade to Windows 8, faster boot times. By looking at the boot time chart above you can see that Windows 8 boots far faster than Windows 7. Windows 10 builds upon this to make things even better.
A New, Better Browser
Formerly known as Project Spartan, Microsoft Edge brings the OS’s default browser into the modern world of browsers which means improved compatibility and speed, and add a few helpful new capabilities like webpage markup and reading mode. As Microsoft continues to put out new updates for Windows 10, the Edge browser keeps getting better.
For small offices that do not have time to waste making sure all their workstations have the latest and most secure version of Windows this default feature is very useful. In a Server/Workstation environment there are still several ways to manage these updates, but it is nice to see that Microsoft sets security as a priority in Windows 10 by making updates mandatory for users who may not ever update their operating system.
How to Upgrade?
Microsoft has made the upgrade process to Windows 10 very easy. If your workstation is not part of a domain the upgrade utility is installed as part of your Windows Updates. If your workstation is part of a Domain the upgrade has to be performed manually. Microsoft disables the automatic upgrade on domain joined systems so users cannot upgrade without the IT administrator or Managers approval.
In making the decision to upgrade the most important factor should be to check if all your current applications, software, and hardware is compatible with Windows 10. The last thing you want to do is upgrade and find out your printer or accounting software is not supported.
Let Your IT Hero make your transition to Windows 10 seamless
We can review your current workstations, applications, and peripherals to make sure there will be no surprises after the upgrade. We can schedule your upgrades overnight, or over the weekend, so you and your staff are not interrupted during business hours. Prior to the upgrade we can sit down with your staff or managers to explain the changes from your current operating system to Windows 10 so the transition is as smooth as possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.