With the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system right around the corner, people are starting to wonder if they should upgrade. There isn’t a clear cut answer and the decision to upgrade varies by depending on the needs of your business.
Most small businesses are still using Windows 7, which is Everon’s recommended operating system. This OS has proven to be stable and familiar over the last few years. A lot of users referred to Windows 7 as the “new Windows XP” which people clung on to for 13 years before Microsoft officially ended support in 2014. This resulted in most businesses skipping over Windows Vista, which was wedged between Windows XP and 7. This is similar to what we see currently with Windows 8, as most businesses are opting to skip this version. There are a few reasons why this happened with Windows 8. The interface changed to be more touch screen friendly with large tiles, the start button disappeared, or you just upgraded to Windows 7. This was enough to deter people from upgrading and fall into the ”if it isn’t broke, why fix it” mentality.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to take the best features of Windows 7 and 8 to create a sleek operating system. The start menu is back, there’s an entirely new web browser called Edge, and newer ideas like pinned apps are infused in the mix. Many of the early reviews are favorable and most are confident that this will be an OS people will want to use for years to come. Many existing Windows 7 & 8 users will also be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 to help nudge users into pulling the trigger.
So, the question is, should you upgrade? Well, If you’re looking to buy a new personal computer or tablet that happens to come with Windows 10, odds are it will work just fine. For businesses, we recommend initially holding off until the first service pack is released. This gives Microsoft time to work out many of the bugs and allows 3rd party software companies to do the same. There is nothing worse than diving into an OS upgrade and then realizing your company database software isn’t fully compatible with Windows 10 yet. Of course this is just our suggestion and upgrading prior to the first service pack may not cause any issues at all. Before making the plunge, we highly recommend contacting your IT professionals to review your current systems and help identify any potential upgrade challenges.
If you have questions or would like to speak to one of our experienced technicians about the Windows 10 upgrade, contact us at 888-244-1748 or at [email protected]