Make the shift now

As many of you know, Windows 7 is well into its twilight years by this point, now is the time for an update. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, you will be able to keep using it, but it will no longer receive critical security updates.

Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10 Pro, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer, something so important to GDPR.

Reasons to make the shift

Firstly, PCs running Windows 7 after 14th January 2020 should not be considered protected. Computers using Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to the lack of security updates. Microsoft strongly recommends that you upgrade to Windows 10 instead of Windows 7 to ensure you’re on our most secure platform. Windows 10 Pro is the most secure Windows ever – it’s much less likely to be hacked. With Windows 10, security events requiring IT remediation are reduced by up to 33%.

This isn’t just down to security; Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support. Windows 10 Pro is an advanced, improved, and continually updated version of the Windows 7 you know and love. Users can experience all the benefits of a modern device with virtually no training.

Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight, yet powerful and more secure, with a price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight or more years ago. Modern PCs also cost 3x less than the cost of maintaining old devices. Windows 10 Pro devices are user friendly and flexibly managed with minimal IT involvement required. Because they’re working in a familiar environment to Windows 7, you won’t need any additional training.

Overall, no matter which way you cut it—security, productivity, collaboration or easy of migration— if businesses are looking to save money, they should be looking to spend it on Windows 10 first.

Moving forward

If you’re using Windows 10 for your business, you can worry less about the safety of your information. 50% of small businesses have suffered a data breach or cyberattack. Always up-to-date protection for your users, devices, and data in Windows 10 Pro, helps secure your business against ever-evolving cybercrime. Your information is encrypted on hard drives and USBs, and you can remotely wipe data from a lost or stolen device.

Windows 10 Pro offers dozens of features to help enable end-to-end security, including biometric login with facial or fingerprint recognition. Windows 10 Pro devices save you time and money. Not only in repairs and maintenance, but they’re just way more productive. 67% of SMBs say that newer PCs improve performance and efficiency.

Upgrading also means you can keep the infrastructure you’re already using, and transition smoothly to Windows 10. Deployment can be reduced from an average of nearly an hour to just 5 minutes per client device. Windows 10 is compatible with your current technology, including networks, computers, monitors, and printers. Plus, you can keep using 99% of your current Windows 7 apps, as well as specialized line-of-business software.

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