Migration to Windows 10 – The Pressure’s On
The legacy Windows versions 7 and 8 are reaching the end of their life cycles. Companies need to act fast – after all, migrating to Windows 10 offers a whole range of benefits.
On January 14, 2020, as Microsoft announced years ago, extended support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will no longer be provided and there will be no more regular updates. The few companies still using Windows 8.1 still have until January 10, 2023, to migrate to the latest version of the Microsoft operating system. It will still be possible to continue using computers running legacy operating systems, but the following caveat applies: “If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft”.
On January 14, 2020, the curtain will come down on not only Windows 7, but also Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems.
A last resort: ESU support
Companies requiring more time to make the switch, however, will still have a last-resort option available to them. The fee-based Extended Security Update (ESU) program is designed for companies that need to run certain legacy Microsoft products past the end of support. It includes critical and/or important security updates for a maximum of three years after the product’s “end of extended support” date. ESUs do not include new features, customer-requested non-security updates or design change requests.
Lots of good reasons to migrate
For companies that want to stay competitive, now is the time to migrate to Windows 10. Not only is it much faster and more efficient than the legacy versions, but it also offers improved mobility features and can be accessed through biometric identification. It is also much easier to manage. A whole range of new security features such as the BitLocker laptop encryption feature, Device Guard, Credential Guard and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection all help to protect your computer. The latest Windows 10 version, which was released on November 10, 2019, features a range of updates allowing you to manage your time, increase security and get more creative. You can now also synchronize your system with Android cellphones (7.0 or later).
Running costs are another important aspect, and these are much lower with Windows 10 than with the legacy versions. According to a study entitled “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows 10: Cost Savings and Business Benefits Enabled by Windows 10” and conducted by independent market researchers from Forrester, Windows 10 is 20% cheaper to run and requires less time for management tasks. According to Forrester, the return on investment (ROI) is 233%. The payback period for the investment in migration is 14 months.
Windows 10 can be operated as a cloud-based software as a service, works seamlessly with Office 365 and supports new hardware. The latter is an important point because Asian component manufacturers in particular often disregard requirements regarding backward compatibility.
Preparing for migration
It is undeniable that migration to Windows 10 is a complex task for companies. Companies would be well advised to call upon the support of skilled experts who have multiple successful migration projects under their belts and know where the potential problems lie.
The first step is to conduct a software and hardware inventory, after which a migration schedule can be drawn up. A small-scale pilot project is launched to test the viability of the migration schedule before it is rolled out. Once everything has been successfully completed, attention turns to quality assurance. The employees are prepared and receive all the training needed for ensuring that the new system is accepted.
Proservia: your guarantee of success
As a services specialist with its unique PeopleIT concept, Proservia has already completed numerous successful customer projects. Strategic partnerships such as those with management specialist Adaptiva and license experts Crayon ensure that the migration to Windows 10 is quick, painless, legally watertight and highly efficient.
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