Have you or your organization been talking about Windows 10 for quite a few years now? You might have wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, but for whatever reason, this has not been possible. The reasons might be because of application compatibility, financial reasons, or some internal resistance.
In this blog post, I will list a few crucial reasons why you need to upgrade the workstations in your organization to Windows 10 in 2020.
Windows 7 and Windows 10 usage statistics
Here are some interesting findings from a survey by Spiceworks:
- 79% of all organizations had at least one Windows 7 machine in their environment.
- 32% of all organizations had at least one Windows XP machine in their environment.
According to Thurrot.com, the following pricing will be:
Year 1 – January 2020 – January 2021
$25 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $50 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 2 – January 2021 – January 2022
$50 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $100 for Windows 7 Professional
Year 3 – January 2022 – January 2023
$100 per device/year for Windows 7 Enterprise, $200 for Windows 7 Professional
Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 in 2020
There are many reasons you need to upgrade to Windows 10 in 2020.
Microsoft had an offer for customers to upgrade to Windows 10 free. This offer ended by the end of 2016.
In this blog post, I review different reasons for upgrading to Windows 10, such as
- Support reasons
- Financial reasons
- Security reasons
As I mentioned in the introduction, Microsoft will remove support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
Refer to the Windows lifecycle fact sheet for more information.
Support within your organization
Supporting several operating systems is time-consuming and non-efficient.
Mentioned in the introduction, staying on Windows 7 will incur extra support costs.
Windows 10 is a much more secure operating system than Windows 7 or earlier systems. With features included in the Windows Defender suite:
- Windows Defender Antivirus
- Windows Defender Credential Guard
- Microsoft Defender ATP
- Windows Defender Application Guard
- Windows Defender Device Guard
- Windows Defender System Guard
Windows Defender Antivirus
From the start, it received a bad rep for not catching all viruses and malware. However, the latest research shows that Windows Defender Antivirus is just as capable as the competitors in catching these.
In a recent test conducted by AV-Test, Windows Defender Antivirus scored the highest scores compared to its competitors.
You might choose another provider for other reasons, but solely for antivirus, Windows Defender Antivirus is good enough.
Windows Defender Credential Guard
Windows Defender Credential Guard stops so-called pass-the-hash attacks, where a hacker successfully elevates to system context and retrieves hashes of the passwords stored on the device. The hashes can be reverse-engineered, and now you have a significant potential threat.
Windows Defender Application Guard
With Windows Defender Application Guard it is possible to white- or blacklist applications.
Usually, organizations choose one of these options.
Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Windows Defender AG)
Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Windows Defender AG) offers the following security features:
- Attack surface reduction rules
- Exploit protection
- Network protection
- Controlled folder access
Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC)
Read more about the product at Microsoft Docs.
What are your plans for moving to Windows 10? Please leave a comment below!
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