Windows 10. Should you or shouldn’t you?

Not upgrading has become more difficult

W10_upgrade_noticeFor quite a lot of us, change in the office is a little bit of a nightmare scenario: any change requires going through a new learning curve and changes to Windows in particular are often the scariest, particularly after the disaster that was Windows 8. Nobody wants to have to waste time and productivity re-learning a new operating system, again.

Yet, Windows 10, which was previously insistently presented as a choice to users, is now being pushed by Microsoft as part of the regular Windows updates. Instead asking users if they want to update, they are now informing users that they WILL update, and it’s not always clear when we are so used to clicking “OK” without really reading the popups. This is a new popup you might have seen already.

Should you or should you not?

Without taking into account the natural resistance to change, there are some pros and cons with going ahead with that update.

It’s FREE, for now. Windows 10 is currently offered for free, but that will soon change. Microsoft has announced that, at the end of July, they will start charging for the software. The price for Home Edition will be around £80, while for the Pro version, needed for most office environments, it seems it will be closer to £150. There is a good business case to be made for upgrading now.

It’s not that hard to learn. If you are still on Windows 7, you will find Windows10 is not that much of a change. It is very intuitive and has a powerful search function. And of course, if you choose to go ahead we will be there to assist you.

Some software still don’t work with it. In most cases, the upgrade is painless when it comes to using your existing software. Of course Word, Excel etc work seamlessly, as do most other, non-Microsoft programmes. However there are a small number of software which are NOT compatible with Windows 10 yet. You should make sure that all the programmes you use will work when you upgrade.

Watch that broadband! The download is really large, at about 3GB. If you have a couple of computers in the office it should not be a problem but you probably do NOT want to launch a major “upgrade day” in the office where all your computers suddenly start downloading that massive file: chances are your broadband will slow to a crawl and cripple your business for the day. Office-wide updates should be carefully managed

We will help you through this

As with everything, it is so much easier to plan and then execute, rather than go at it and having to fix it half-way. If you are a client already, you already know that our consulting advice is free of charge. Let us be part of the planning phase and whatever decision you make we will take you through it with minimal disruption.