It’s no secret that Windows 7 End of Support is quickly approaching. For a business to maintain system security, Windows 10 updates are imperative.
This may feel like an intimidating transition for many businesses. However, the benefits of this upgrade far outweigh the cost and time this conversion will take. Windows 10 offers vast improvements over Windows 7 with regards to security, speed, usability, and ease of updates.
Here is our breakdown of Windows 10 Improvements:
- Improved antimalware protections, strengthening both native tools and 3rd party solutions.
- Increased security boost for network connections (from logging on remotely to handling credit card transactions)
- Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which scans for, quarantines, and removes malware. In addition to ransomware protection, it includes other tools that can be used to stop zero-day attacks, to block and quarantine malicious programs on your computer or office network, and to isolate infected computers on your network.
- Windows 10 boots up, goes to sleep, and wakes from sleep faster than Windows 7. This means less waiting around when you are ready to start (or continue) your workday!
- This upgrade is better at memory management – Windows 10 efficiently stores more data in your system’s memory than Windows 7 could.
- Windows 10 puts a premium on functionality, bringing simplicity to the design and user experience. It opens with a start button, and then the menu expands to a larger tile portal. This gives users the control and simplicity, along with the live updates and graphic displays of Windows 8’s start tile.
- It’s much easier to juggle multiple open windows when you’re working. It also offers half-monitor and quarter-monitor sizes when you drag Desktop windows, and open windows can automatically fill open space.
- The taskbar can now appear on multiple monitors
- File Explorer windows are more customizable, and some elements are clearer thanks to the lack of translucent backgrounds. The top menu is now arranged in a ribbon, so all the common tools are in easily accessible locations.
- Copying/moving tasks are grouped into one window for easier management. Transfer speed is shown in real time, and operations can now be paused (Windows 7 only had the option to cancel).
- Windows 10 is serviced with monthly cumulative updates, so staying up to date and secure is a lot easier.
- A technology feature in the Windows Update tool, the Unified Update Platform (UUP), significantly streamlines the update process. This can reduce the download size of Windows updates by up to 35 percent, sparing storage space on your computer, network bandwidth, and the time it takes to install.
So now what?
All of these benefits are fine and dandy… but why should you care? When Windows 7 enters its End of Support phase in January 2020, all levels of support, patching, and updating will be completely discontinued. Without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are left extremely vulnerable. You can read more about this in our article “Windows 7 Support is Ending – Here’s What You Need to Know“.
Now is the time to shift!
We recommend you start to plan for Windows 10 upgrades today. You don’t want to be stuck with an unprotected computer. Transition your business off of Windows 7 today!