Why you shouldn’t shy away from Windows 10
Windows 10 is designed to be the operating system to end all other Windows operating systems. It’s the present and future, the pinnacle of Windows, and can adapt to any device you throw at it. So why are so many businesses hesitant to adopt it?
The short answer? Because it’s different. Windows 10 has more in common with operating systems for phones and tablets—and Apple products—than previous iterations of Windows. But different doesn’t mean bad, and Windows 10 fits the modern work environment better than any previous iteration.
If you’re still sitting on the fence, hesitant to bring Windows 10 into your environment, here’s why you should stop resisting and take the leap.
Windows for today, not the past
Businesses used to work in very similar, straightforward ways when it came to setting up their devices. Systems were imaged on company devices, and when a new operating system rolled out, you would wipe, reload, re-image, and restart the process. You authenticated your device by plugging into the company network, on premises, and that was the only way to access it. Windows operating systems may have looked different, or had different functions, but they were deployed and acted the same way.
But this is no longer the case on Windows 10. Machines don’t need to be tied to company domains. Employees can work from anywhere, and their authentication comes from a simple username and password, much like a Facebook account, rather than a physical connection. Their devices range from smartphones to tablets to 2-in-1 devices, instead of being stuck to the one standard company desktop. It’s these kinds of disruptions that led to the creation of Windows 10. It’s not trying to disrupt the workplace, but rather catch up with changes that have already caused a level of upheaval.
It fits the modern workplace
One of the best ways to think about Windows 10 is how you would set up an iPad. You wouldn’t image an iPad; you simply take it out of the box, configure it, and give it to a user. Windows 10 works similarly, using the same kind of MDM technology you likely use for smartphones and tablets. Content is deployed through each identity, rather than each device, since Windows 10 can reach employees no matter where they work or what device they’re using.
This is especially helpful considering the variety of devices companies use today: Desktops, laptops, touchscreen computers, tablets, 2-in-1s, and smartphones are all mainstays of the workplace. If you want to use any number of these, you would have to create a different image for each one—it’s a process that was more familiar, easier, and entirely workable when company hardware wasn’t as diverse. But today, classic imaging for every device on the docket is complicated and time consuming. Windows 10 and MDM technology eliminate those struggles for a more streamlined experience.
It may be the last Windows you need
Because of the way Windows 10 can adapt to the changing work environment, it’s very possible it will be the last Windows system you ever need.
The way that Windows 10 runs updates means that it can keep up with changing software and hardware without having to launch an entirely new version of Windows. The time-consuming practice of wipe-and-reload is replaced by a system that runs piece-by-piece updates. These “update branches” can continue in perpetuity, making it unlikely that Microsoft will deploy an entirely new system in the foreseeable future.
In any case, it’s certainly the system that Microsoft wants to move its users toward. Its entire Surface line and other hardware devices are optimized to run with Windows 10, support for Windows 7 and 8.1 will be ending soon enough, and Microsoft has been enthusiastically encouraging its users to move to the new system by offering free upgrades and pre-loading the installation files onto user systems.
Short term adjustment, long term benefits
There’s no doubt that Windows 10 can be an adjustment. It’s a mental hurdle, stemming from a product that shares its name with other operating systems that worked, until this point, the same way. Once you overcome this hurdle, however, Windows 10 has capabilities that are a much better fit for today’s mobile, dynamic work environments.
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