Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use operating system (combines the best features of Windows 7 and 8, with some new features added in), with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware that is already in use.
Microsoft has followed through on its decision to give Windows 10 ‘Recommended’ status in Windows Update in January this year. This means installations begin automatically for users who have not changed the default Windows Update settings (the vast majority of home or small business users, but not for Myrtec Managed Services clients) so they will now have to proactively cancel a Windows 10 upgrade which has already started, rather than the prior approach of saying they don’t want it to start.
In additional Microsoft has declared that buyers of Intel’s new Skylake processors have to upgrade to Windows 10 in the next 18 months, or forgo all but the most critical security patches and those will be available to Windows 7 and 8.1 users only if said patches don’t “risk the reliability or compatibility” on non-Skylake systems. Future processors from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm will only be officially supported by Windows 10, not 7 or 8. Microsoft has previously promised to support Windows 7 and 8 until 14 January 2020 and 10 January 2023 respectively (but this will only be when it is running on old hardware).
So, is it time to upgrade to Windows 10 before the free Windows 10 upgrade promotion expires on the 29th July 2016?
If your applications are compatible then upgrading to Windows 10 will give greater security and future proofs the desktop operating system. This also gives organisations a chance to upgrade from Windows 7 bypassing Windows 8 and standardise on Windows 10.
For any upgrade, especially on a corporate environment we recommend that you consult with a service provider that can give advice on your specific sittuation as well as test and plan the upgrade (but don't leave this discussion to July) as some application may not yet be compatible with Windows 10.
By Tristan Hough