Windows 10: What Business Leaders Need to Know to Make Smart Decisions

Windows 10 UpgradeAs the dog days of summer approach, the anticipation of the Windows 10 release, slated for July 29, grows. You’re probably asking yourself several questions:

  • What’s new in Windows 10 and is it better for your business?
  • Which Widows 10 editions does your business need?
  • When should your company upgrade?

You can find the answers here.

What’s New in Windows 10 for Businesses?

Windows 10 has something for everyone…users, data security professionals and app builders.

1. Keep Users Happy

Knowing they ventured too far into unfamiliar territory with Windows 8, Microsoft put usability front and center in Windows 10…so much so that it’s likely to bring back memories of Windows 7. For starters (pun intended), Microsoft goes Back to the Future with the much heralded return of the Start Menu.

Also, Widows 10 is adaptive. Whatever the size of the screen, the contents will be the correct size and configuration for easy use.

Other new features range from Microsoft Edge, a new browser, to Cortana, a virtual assistant in every sense of the word.

2. Add More Muscle to Security

According to The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015, global security risks increased by 48% in 2014 over 2013. It’s not surprising this growing threat is top-of-mind in most organizations, including Microsoft. So they’ve introduced enhancements in identity protection and access control.

  • The Password Alone is Passé
    Windows 10 doubles down on access control by using two-factor authentication. The password has not gone away. However, it’s backed up by a pin or a biometric input, such as a fingerprint.
  • Clamp Down on Data Loss
    The data loss prevention (DLP) technology included distinguishes between corporate and personal data and automatically encrypts corporate information…apps, emails, web content and more. Like an armored car transporting a stash of cash, a protective container travels with the data wherever it goes, whether it’s in the cloud, an email or on a USB drive.
  • Extend Your Virtual Private Network
    As employees increasingly use their own devices, you likely want to extend your options for your Virtual Private Network (VPN) control options. Now you can secure data in devices that your employees own.

3. Build Apps for Multiple Devices With Ease

Here’s something sure to please developers…common application programming interfaces (APIs) and user interface (UI) controls that enable them to create apps that will run on multiple devices from desktop PCs to the Internet of Things.

Which Windows 10 Editions Do You Need?

At first glance, it may appear as if there’s a jumble of editions available. So, how do you sort through them? It’s simpler than you think because each one has a specific purpose. Here’s a chart to make it easy:

Windows 10 Editions for Businesses
[table]Business Size,Device Type,Edition
Small Business, PC, Windows 10 Pro
Small Business, Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile
Enterprise (companies with volume licenses*), PC, Windows 10 Enterprise
Enterprise (companies with volume licenses*), Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
[/table]
*Enterprise includes unique versions for businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

When Should You Transition to Windows 10?

For the most part, those who’ve been testing Windows 10 have given it positive reviews. However, you should not move forward with the transition until you have a plan in place, and have evaluated how Windows 10 will perform in your company. Also, you need to assess the need for the new software versus the potential headaches of being first in line, helping Microsoft to rid Windows 10 of the inevitable bugs. Ask yourself:

If you can hold out, you might be better off waiting until Microsoft has issued their first service pack update, and you know initial issues have been fixed.

Of course, if you need help with the Windows 10 upgrade, call us at 702-318-7700, or simply fill out our contact form.