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Windows 7 is ending – here’s everything you need to know about Windows 10

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Windows 7 is ending – here’s everything you need to know about Windows 10

Topics: IT Managed Services

By Calligo on 11 December 2019

Windows 7 will reach its end of life on 14th January 2020.

What this means is that Microsoft will no longer support, maintain or provide security updates for Windows 7 installed on laptops or desktops.

My business is using Windows 7: how will this affect us?

The end of support for Windows 7 will leave your business with software incompatibility, slow applications and systems and more worryingly, increase your risk of being exposed to a cyberattack.

What can I do to fix it?

 

Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.”

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But what are the benefits of upgrading?

The top business benefits of Windows 10

1- IT Security: Windows 10 has been built with IT Security front of mind and is one of the most secure operating systems there is. It has Multi-Factor Authentication enabled as standard (one of the key defences against 95% of business cyber attacks), and includes added security features to prevent cyberattacks, like Windows Defender Exploit Guard which actively scans, quarantines and removes malware from the system.
 
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2- Less downtime:
Windows 10 updates provide less user disruption during the working day. IT teams have the option to schedule upgrades and patches to more convenient times, avoiding lengthy downtime.
 
3- Cloud-ready:
Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10 is built to support cloud applications such as Microsoft’s 365 and its file sharing platform, OneDrive. If your business is looking to move more processes and activities to the cloud, then Windows 10 has what it takes to support the migration.

 

4- User experience:

Windows 10 offers a far better user experience than its Windows 7 counterpart. It is designed to support a wide variety of interaction and device types, including touch, pen and voice through the personal digital assistant, Cortana (which can also provide intelligent reminders and integrate with 1,000+ apps and services).

 

5- New productivity capabilities:

Windows 10 incorporates a broad set of new productivity features. The Universal Search allows users to search all folders on their device or machine as well as the Web in a single search, as well as handy voice typing. Users will also have access to the App Store, where there are hundreds of productivity apps from project management to collaboration applications.

 

6- Usability:

Windows 10 is built for multitasking – it’s much easier to juggle multiple open windows when you’re working, and it also offers half-monitor and quarter-monitor sizes when you drag and arrange Desktop windows, perfect when working off multiple documents.

 

7- Improved speed and ease:

With quick start-up times and faster transitions between applications, Windows 10 enables employees to get on with their tasks quickly.

 

8- Competitive edge:

Companies can gain a competitive advantage by moving away from maintaining obsolete technologies and software to instead focusing on core business objectives and strategy.

 

9- Modern browsing:

Windows 10 brings you up to speed with Edge; a more secure browser and purpose-built to deliver a modern, high-speed browser experience with the latest productivity and security features.

How Calligo can help

 

If your business is operating on Windows 7 and you’re worried about the 14th January 2020 deadline, visit our dedicated Windows 10 page to find out how we can seamlessly move you to Windows 10 and request a personalised quote.

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