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Windows10? Should You Go For It or Better to Wait?

Sep 16th 2015 at 3:35 AM

July 29 officially marked the release of Windows 10. Like most business owners, you are probably asking—should we upgrade to this new operating system? Many experts recommend waiting for at least six months, but timeline may vary depending on your specific business applications. In this article, we explain why.

Why Hold Off on Windows 10 Upgrades?
There may be business continuity concerns to tackle before you can jump in with both feet. If you have industry specific applications, they may be incompatible with Windows 10. A consultant can best assess your organization’s needs and test for application compatibility. A consultant can help determine if those applications will run and get supported before your organization upgrades.

How Long Should You Wait?
Windows 10 was just recently released, so it may take a few months for everyone to get a better idea of which of your programs and applications will function well with this new OS—and which ones will not. Additionally there are concerns around new vulnerabilities and security threats with any newly released Operating System. It’s better to wait at least 6 months while rest of the industry helps solve for these issues. Eventually, for more specific assessment for your business applications and processes, it’s always a better idea to consult with your IT team or IT consultant to as they can help identify and avoid any security or compatibility issues related to an upgrade.

Do You Have to Upgrade to Windows 10?
If your office is currently running Windows 7 (or older systems), then you might soon run out of support. Microsoft will discontinue support and patching for your OS. That said, there is no need to rush—it’s better to wait until the coast is clear before implementing this drastic step. Microsoft offers a conditional ‘free upgrade’ for computers running on licensed and genuine Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. If you are interested in this offer, an IT consulting firm can determine if your organization qualifies and if your current systems are compatible.

Will Legacy Programs Run on Windows 10?
Like most businesses, your organization may be running old and industry specific programs that don’t run on even Windows 7or 8.  Such specific programs—may have to remain in older PCs, running on their legacy operating systems.  There is a very real risk of lack of support for such legacy programs and applications in Windows 10. Talk to an IT consulting firm to find alternatives urgently. 

What About Individual Users—Should They Upgrade?
Some people are reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 because let’s face it—Windows 8 didn't exactly get the best reception. The good news is that Windows 10 is impressing even the harshest critics. If you are already using Windows 7 or 8.1, then you can take advantage of the free update offer (it lasts for one year).  Microsoft has decided to make this OS free for current users, provided that you have a genuine and activated copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 (SP1) installed on your computer. If you use XP or Vista, you will need to pay for a Windows 10 upgrade.

Test it out and see if you like it for a couple of weeks or months. If you don’t, you can simply downgrade. Microsoft has simplified the process of rolling back to your older Windows version.

About the Author:

Mike Rana is the Chief Technology Advisor of Orion Network Solutions. Orion Network Solutions specializes in providing Computer Installation, Maintenance and Consulting services along with 24x7 help desk services for small and midsize companies. We provide network solutions that enable small businesses to not only lower their management cost but also increases employee productivity at the same low price. We offer network solution that become integral part of your organization and can provide an increase in productivity of your organization.

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