Last Updated on November 7, 2023
On July 29, 2015, Microsoft is bringing fundamental changes to the classic operating system with its Windows 10 release.
Are these changes good or bad? Where do they stack up for your business? Should you bother trying to change? Or should you just scrap Microsoft and get a Mac instead?
Here are 10 reasons for businesses to consider Windows 10:
1. You Are Running a Version Prior to Windows 7
If you are on anything prior to Windows 7 you absolutely should upgrade. Are you on Vista or even XP? This would be a great time to upgrade to the latest operating system. You’ll probably want to combine this with a hardware upgrade since if you are running anything prior to Windows 7 the hardware is very likely in need of replacement.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to upgrade to Windows 10. Using an untested operating system carries some risk. Windows 8 isn’t an OS we recommend for business users so that leaves you with Windows 7, an OS that is 6 years old already. We can help you determine what makes sense for your company.
2. It’s Free!
Upgrading to Windows 10 is free if you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, according to Microsoft it will only be free for a year after it’s released and only if you are not running the “Enterprise Version” (which is almost exclusively used by very large businesses). For most small and mid-sized businesses on the Pro or Home version, this will mean a free upgrade. We recommend being cautious about the upgrade. You’ll want to confirm the applications your company uses will be compatible with Windows 10. This is a process we can help you with.
3. This is the Last Version of Windows
Microsoft has been saying that this version of Windows will break from the traditional cycle of huge operating system launches every few years. Big updates many times meant big problems including compatibility, cost, and the fact that businesses just don’t like to upgrade something that works. Given that Windows XP still enjoys a 12% market share, barely less than Windows 8, you can see why they might want to change things up.
And everyone else is doing it. Apple has been on OSX since 2001. And it also costs zero dollars. People just expect the operating system to be a loss leader and Microsoft has had to make major changes to accommodate this.
So now Windows 10 will constantly be updated with features over time. Instead of new features arriving in a major service pack or the next major operating system, they’ll be delivered when they are ready. At least for those who want them. Businesses will have the ability to turn off new feature delivery to help prevent those features from causing problems before they have a chance to test them out. The idea is that you’ll never have to go buy another operating system again.
This is a Scrum style approach to delivering software. Get completed features in the hands of your users as quickly as possible instead of delivering them years later only to find out that no one actually wanted that feature to begin with. It should be a welcome change for most.
4. The Start Menu
One of Windows 8’s most hated changes, especially for business users, was the replacement of the start menu with the start screen. Instead of a handy menu that was purpose built to help you find programs, users were presented with a confusing full screen experience that ripped them out of what they were doing. Just take a look at this video for an example of why this change was a tough pill to swallow: