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Why Windows 10?

With Windows 10 now nine months old, why should businesses make the move to Windows 10?

Windows 10 was released by Microsoft nine months ago, so by now most people would have been exposed to it, and users have topped 200 million worldwide. For Home users, getting Windows 10 is straightforward as they will have received notifications inviting them to claim a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.x. But what about businesses? Let’s ponder a couple of fundamental questions…

We just spent months upgrading to Windows 7 to escape the Windows XP precipice. How will this be different?

Firstly, you will be future-proofing your business. Microsoft have openly stated that Windows 10 is the last Operating System they are releasing. For this reason, and this reason alone, why wouldn’t you..?

Secondly, Windows 10 runs on the same spec’d hardware that Windows 7 and 8.x also runs on, so the good news is that the investment in a new fleet of devices isn’t required for the upgrade to Windows 10. Flipping that over, hardware vendors are falling over each other to provide devices that get the most out of Windows 10. Either way, you win!

Thirdly, ‘in place’ upgrades are the new black. Microsoft has invested heavily in this piece of the puzzle to simplify the upgrade process. Imagine not having to refresh the devices and copy pictures of cats off and on again. Reinstalling all the applications again. In-place upgrades will streamline how you manage this process and reduce the time to deploy Windows 10. This is the exact same process as Home users experience when they upgraded to Windows 10 for free, but in the business world.

At this point it is worth bringing in the Windows as a Service (WaaS) concept. Microsoft have added a few more words to our daily vocabulary in the form of Current Branch, Current Branch for Business and Long Term Service Branch. In a nutshell, these provide the control to release major updates to the business at the rate you determine (T&Cs apply).

That’s fair enough, but what will Windows 10 give me that Windows 7 or 8.x doesn’t already?

More management options – Traditional management via Active Directory Group Policy and System Center, but also advanced Mobile Device Management capabilities via Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Intune – imagine managing your devices via the cloud with a rich user experience – The cloud enabled Operating System!

App Store for business – Providing flexible distribution of store applications, as a company portal for your organisation that also allow you to manage, reclaim and reuse licenses for software your organisation has purchased for distribution.

Better Security – More security features and enhancements to protect against modern security risks while still allowing ease of use for users. 

Who can help me?

Whether you are seeking to get a Proof of Concept (PoC) up and running, or want to look at a full deployment, or something in between. It is best to talk to people who have the experience where it counts. An award winning Microsoft Partner, who knows where pain points are likely to be and who use Windows 10 on their devices everyday themselves! As luck would have it, Intergen ticks all these boxes, and more.

Contact us if you want to talk more about Windows 10 deployment or click to learn more about Intergen’s Windows 10 deployment offerings.

Posted by: Jeff Tebbs, Senior Infrastructure Consultant | 07 April 2016

Tags: Windows 10, Infrastructure

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