Windows 7 Support End Date & The Benefits of Switching to Windows 10

Windows 7 has contributed to all our lives for a long time. At some point or another, we all have worked with the unbelievably stable and functional Windows 7 in our office as well as the home. However, times change and so does technology. New milestones are being achieved in the field of computing, even as you are reading this article. New technology is constantly outsmarting the present technology. The same software has been used for years because of updates and security support from the software company every year. However, with the 14th January being announced as the Windows 7 support end date it is finally time to relish the opportunity of switching to the faster and better Windows 10. 

Microsoft has announced that the end of support for Windows 7 is to be carried out in January 2020, which means that there will be no software or security updates available for Windows 7 after January 2020. This will make the already outdated Windows 7 nearly obsolete, as it will no longer be a safe operating system due to the lack of support and security. Prone to hackers and poor performance your business will suffer the consequences of running an older version if you choose not to switch. 

It’s completely understandable to dread major software updates from a business point of view. New staff training, upgrading, and security checks are always frustrating extras that are accompanied by even the slightest change for new software. We probably all remember the disaster of an operating system that was Windows 8. However, upgrading from the, soon to be obsolete, piece of software is not to be looked upon as a mere necessary evil but a blessing in disguise.  

Most of us developed an opinion about Windows 10 back in 2015, when it first launched, as it did not offer as many perks as previous versions and was plagued with bugs that seemed more like a hassle than an update. However, Windows 10 has come a long way since 2015 and constant upgrades and little tweaks have made windows 10 the perfect operating system for every operation, be it personal or professional. 

Why you should switch to Windows 10 as soon as possible: 

Easy Access To All Your Business Contacts. 

Microsoft Windows 10 also provides another useful software that is the My People feature that allows you to pin the contact information of clients to the Windows taskbar. This provides you with an ease of performing business as all the important contacts are just a click or swipe away. Moreover, you can also store additional information about the contact tagged with the contact tile as well! 

Ease Of Setting Up Several New Computers For Your Business In One Go.

Also housing the state-of-art software called Autopilot Windows 10 plans on making the configuration process all business computers efficient and faster than ever. Autopilot is a collection of various technologies that enables it not only to set-up but also reset any PC. For instance, you can set up a system configuration that can then be downloaded to any Windows 10 computer through the cloud without any hassle. Any employee can take a new computer, connect it to your office network, and it will automatically be configured to your business’s required settings. Moreover, all system preferences can be custom-made for different employees making the overall process a lot faster, safer and secure.  Autopilot does require an organisation that utilises either Azure AD or a Hybrid Azure AD and an MDM (such as Microsoft Intune). Speak with your IT provider to find out how your business can make the most of Autopilot on Windows 10.

Better All-round Protection From Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the worst nightmares for any IT department. Imagine walking into your workplace to find all your data locked and can only be accessed after paying a ransom. Windows 10 has juiced up the ransom protection services and made it almost impossible for any rogues to harm anyone’s business. They have accomplished this by implementing things such as optional controlled folder access. An optionally controlled folder access is a feature that enables you to prevent access to key folders of the computer such as the Documents and Windows system folder, making it almost impossible for someone to break into that and access the computer. Apart from this, Windows 10 also features OneDrive. OneDrive provides ransomware data recovery that enables the user to download previous versions of the file without much hassle. Even if the files are taken and deleted by someone the company can recover encrypted and lost data. 

A Stable All-round Operating System That Serves More Than Just One Operating System

Windows10, unlike all its predecessors, has great update management. Gone are the days when if you leave your desk for a mere ten minutes then there will be a paranoia of losing your precious unsaved work to the evil of uncalled update. Moreover, Windows10 with the pre-installed Hyper V manager enables the user to download and run more than a single operating system at any given time, meaning you can run Linux and Windows on the same computer simultaneously. This helps web-developers and also cuts down company costs for different computers for developers. Moreover, you can even cut and paste data between the two different operating systems as well! 

In conclusion, Windows10 opens up a whole new array of possibilities for your business, making it far more secure, faster and dependable. The technology and the world is moving forward and in these times clinging to the old software wishing Windows 7 to still be supported is not practical. Everyone should give their business a new boost with the power of the extremely efficient Windows 10. 

If your business needs help making the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 when support is ended then get in touch with our IT professionals to find out how we can make the process easier and pain free. 

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