Windows 10 is officially out today and will be progressively rolled out free of charge to eligible users. We want to know if your organisation will be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon for this new OS.
Refreshing the operating system on a fleet of computers can be onerous and costly although small businesses may have more of an incentive to update since Microsoft is giving free upgrades for PCs running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Professional versions. Enterprise users won’t be getting a freebie but larger organisations can still consider going with Windows 10 if they’re due for a tech refresh.
Before committing to upgrading to Windows 10, businesses should consider if their hardware meets the minimum requirements for the new OS.
If your company is currently running Windows XP or Windows Vista, unfortunately there’s no free update available for those OSes, so you may want to consider upgrading straight to a Windows 10 PC or even a Windows 8 device (so you can score the free upgrade without the “new hardware” premium).
From a security perspective, Windows 10 marks Microsoft’s change of approach with delivering updates to systems as it introduces a new feature called Windows Update for Business. This allows businesses to exercise more control over what updates to adopt for their companies.
There are other factors to consider before organisations making the jump to Windows 10. Citrix director for technical services, Safi Obeidullah, suggests that businesses need to ensure their core applications and data are supported and available on Windows 10.
“This will save businesses time, money and effort before undergoing a full migration, which can sometimes take up to two years,” he said in a statement.
Is your company for or against upgrading to Windows 10? We’d love to hear more in the comments.