If you’re among the vast majority of companies that have been investing in the Microsoft software stack for years… as sure as the sun rises, a Windows 10 upgrade is on your IT department’s horizon.
By now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop issuing security patches for Windows 7. This end of support means that Windows 7 users will be at risk for security threats, along with a myriad of software and hardware incompatibility issues. Adding to that, enterprise customers will incur monthly service fees for extended support.
Microsoft’s Introduction of Windows 10: has it been five years already?
When Windows 10 was released in 2014, there wasn’t a big rush to make the change from Windows 7, Microsoft’s popular OS enterprise workhorse. Software conversions can be major undertakings, and many large companies chose to put off dealing with the logistics and complexities of such a huge upgrade.
Some businesses, as if by default, began their migration to Windows 10 through attrition, or waiting until a computer had to be replaced or until an employee left to upgrade. In theory, not a bad plan, but it begs the question: How do your tenured employees feel about the new hire getting their Windows 10 OS pc first?
Arguably, converting computers one at time through attrition is a workable strategy for smaller companies with fewer devices to contend with, especially if the process began a few years ago, when there was a generous window of time to complete conversions. But now, with less than a year before the Windows 7 end-of-support deadline, companies of all sizes must take a more proactive approach and get their devices converted via a consolidated strategy.
Updating computers one at time is a workable migration strategy only for smaller companies with fewer devices, especially if the process began a few years ago, when there was a generous window of time to complete conversions.
Are you in need of a company-wide migration? With the clock ticking, your best strategy is to seek out expert migration services and support from a trusted technology partner to ensure that your Microsoft 10 conversion takes place as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Why It Pays to Transition to Windows 10 all at Once
- Time is money, literally.
After January 14, 2020, in order to receive extended Windows 7 support, businesses will need to pay a monthly service fee per computer. According to Microsoft, the monthly cost will increase every year until 2023 when the paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) ends. An all-at-once migration would assure that your devices are updated before the deadline and that you’ll avoid the monthly fee.
- Save your IT Department time and headaches.
How many workstations do you need to convert? Do you have the time and manpower to make these changes? IT managers and their in-house teams have their own set of day-to-day duties and responsibilities to focus on. Let BLM take over this tedious, yet necessary task for you. Our software techs can complete a conversion in about 30 to 60 minutes per workstation and you only have to schedule services one time.
- Circumvent incompatibility issues.
One of the biggest headaches of a conversion (or lack of one) is the software and hardware compatibility challenges that arise when a legacy OS is being replaced. It’s important to work with technology experts like BLM Technologies who are up-to-date in what software is compatible with what hardware, in order to help you avoid downtime, user frustration, and to determine whether its more cost-efficient to update a device or replace it based on imminent incompatibility issues.
- Simplify PC management moving forward.
Another big plus: all your employees will be working from the same safe and robust platform, which makes everyone happy and simplifies PC management for your IT department. Along with promising a better user experience and unmatched security features, Windows 10 is a move to modern IT management. Microsoft plans to continually push software updates and security patches, so there will be fewer on premises needs.
With Windows 7 end of support coming on January 14, 2020, upgrading to Windows 10 is quickly becoming an urgent matter. The good news is there is still time. Choosing to outsource your mass migration to a company like BLM Technologies with the expertise and professional teams in place to oversee and handle the complexities of a changeover, is your simplest, safest, and most strategic option.