Computers have a strong presence in workplaces across almost every single industry. The vast majority of those computers run on Windows operating systems (designed by Microsoft), but that is where a big divergence takes place. There are many “flavors” of Windows alive and kicking in today’s business world going all the way back to Windows XP thanks to some obscure programs that require it. For all other scenarios when the question of “should we upgrade Windows for our business’s computers to Windows 10?” comes up, the answer should be emphatically “yes!” This article will go into some detail about why your business should upgrade to Windows 10.
The first thing any IT professional (or Microsoft) will say about why you should upgrade to Windows 10 is that you will continue receiving vital security updates to the Windows operating system, which helps guard against nasty malware that can wreak havoc on your business. The same cannot be said for older versions of Windows, up to and including the wildly popular Windows 7. These old versions of Windows not receiving security updates are referred to as “unpatched” by IT professionals and are a bane to the information security personnel in any industry.
Windows 10 allows for different devices to be connected together (under 1 Windows user profile) so that you can bring your apps and files with you anywhere. This feature has not always been available through older versions of Windows and especially in not the same seamless manner as on Windows 10. This feature is especially helpful for professionals who are on the go and not always using the same computer in the same office/cubicle.
Software developers are not developing new programs for versions of Windows prior to Windows 10 anymore. This may not seem like a problem now but anytime an employee finds a new software tool that can help make a work process better, as time goes on the odds are greater and greater that it won’t work for Windows 7 or earlier.
Companies should not worry about re-training their staff to learn this newer version of Windows because to the typical end user it is similar to older versions of Windows; having the most overlap with Windows 7. Post-upgrade it would be wise for companies to check with all applicable new hires to confirm they are familiar with Windows 10. For companies who work with a staffing or recruiting agency to fill their open positions, this can be a very easy process as the agency will add that requirement on their end and only present candidates who are familiar with Windows 10.