By PowerBuy // 8 September 2015 // Related Categories: Tips

So, you’ve read the great reviews of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, and you’re thinking of upgrading your business's PCs when you’ve got a break at the end of the year, or maybe next year once the bugs have been sorted out.

Surprise: you're probably already using the new operating system. The latest version of Windows launched in July and by the end of August had already been downloaded more than 75 million times. It’s likely that one or two of those downloads are running in your business, either due to your IT manager’s experimentation or employees upgrading their hardware.

The good news: the upgrade to the free, well-received operating system will bring a range of new features designed for businesses, including management tools for automatic device configuration, as well as security improvements like Device Guard, that are designed to boost customers’ resistance to attacks.

The bad news: while they may create isolated bastions of modern technology, your new Windows 10 users are also likely to create problems for IT management staff who rely on consistency of operating systems between devices to ensure they can keep track of all their business assets.

Patches matter

This is critical for ensuring that PCs remain patched. Users on the new operating system will be working with a different code base and won’t be able to receive the same patches as operating systems that are still on earlier versions.

Since unpatched systems can be a major security weakness, it’s a good idea to find out who’s using Windows 10 and, if nothing else, ensure that the latest system-management tools are uploaded. Security and other software applications may also need to be upgraded, but users aren’t always diligent about doing this, so it’s important to monitor these upgrades.

Why wait?

If enough users move to Windows 10 on their own, it may be worth fast-tracking the upgrade. Many businesses have only recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, but if you have been using Windows 7 for several years now you may be ready to jump to Windows 10.

A recent survey suggested that 40 percent of companies plan to upgrade to Windows 10 within its first year, with 75 percent expecting to be running the new operating system by its second anniversary. If you’re planning to be one of them, it’s never too early to start planning.

Talk to your Microsoft support provider and see if you can get some incentives to move sooner rather than later. Evaluate any necessary application updates and whether any PCs will need to be replaced so that you can budget early. With the new operating system set to be the foundation of a range of new developments in coming years, it may be time to make the jump. Judging by early reviews, you won’t regret it.

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