"Windows 7 is a beloved operating system. Many organisations think, 'If it ain't broke, why fix it?' But here's what you need to know about moving to Windows 10. Plus we address some of the misconceptions around Windows 10 that may be holding you back."
Windows 7 became beloved as an operating system, and for good reason. It improved on its predecessor by upping speed and stability, as well as reducing non-essential programs and improving the interface. Windows 10, the most recent version of Windows, has built upon the look and feel of Windows 7 with an even better performance capability.
However, there are some common misconceptions about Windows 10 that are still leaving businesses hesitant to upgrade their IT. This blog will address these misconceptions and explain why making the shift a modern desktop is a great opportunity to innovate across your entire organization.
“My business isn’t at risk from security threats or hackers.”
Actually, two thirds (72%) of large UK businesses suffered a breach or attack in 2017/2018 with the average financial cost of all attacks being £9,260, although some attacks cost significantly more. Windows 7 is nearly a decade old, which leaves it vulnerable to new and emerging security threats. To take the best possible care of your data and networks, and effectively protect your business, you need to run the latest version of Windows on all your devices.
In recent years, cybersecurity has become much more elaborate. Using outdated software will leave you vulnerable to data breaches and hackers. Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you’ll be able to stay protected with automatic updates, meaning your operating system is always protected and up to date. A modern desktop running Microsoft 365 on a new device is the best way to ensure your business can remain safe as well as competitive.
“I don’t want to risk losing my information or finding out my apps are incompatible.”
99% of Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 10 – the way you work is important, and Windows 10 was built to fit around your business. If you find that there’s an app that Windows 10 doesn’t have a driver for, additional drivers for Windows 7 or 8 can often be installed. When you move to Microsoft 365, the best way to make sure your information stays safe is by backing it up or by using the services of a partner like SoftwareONE to manage the migration.
Once you’ve migrated to the cloud, your data is stored by Microsoft across multiple servers on multiple databases. These are all regularly backed up, so if there’s a power failure or a data breach, your data will remain secure.
“The cloud isn’t a priority for our business because remote working isn’t productive.”
Part of business success is embracing new practices and workstyles, and remote working is becoming increasingly popular. Many businesses have adopted it because productivity can be hindered by extended office hours. Greater flexibility can improve employee morale, which in turn boosts productivity and reduces employee turnover.
Dispelling the myth that remote working isn’t productive is an opportunity for businesses who have the chance to embrace cloud-based data storage and enable their team to work flexibly.
Embracing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365
Where Windows 7 offered an operating system, Microsoft 365 is an entire package that offers Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Instead of purchasing a product or license, Microsoft 365 is a subscription service. Office 365 operates from the cloud, automatically updating your apps and offering intelligent capabilities like data insights.
Microsoft 365 also comes with the necessary enterprise-grade security to protect your business data, leaving you able to choose the hardware and subscription that best suit you, without worrying about migrating to the cloud.