But the move to a new OS isn’t just about security, offering the potential for increased staff engagement and productivity, better customer experiences and ultimately a more efficient, dynamic business.
New OS’, including Windows 10, also offer a lower total cost of ownership (always a big winner with customers) – and less support issues.
It’s also packed with other goodies, including automation processes to help your business processes, and Universal Applications, which enables you to run Windows 10 across all devices, including tablets, providing a more secure, faster, more stable experience with automated, less intrusive, patching.
Delivered ‘as-a-service’ so it’s always being updated, Windows 10 ensures you’ve always got access to the latest offerings. September updates included performance and battery efficiency improvements, the introduction of third-party digital assistants such as Alexa to the lock screen and the ability to create Calendar events from the Taskbar, among others.
At a time of such rapid change and innovation, waiting three years for an upgrade to your system is too long, and Microsoft has recognised this, ensuring your systems are always able to receive the latest features.
Microsoft 365: A complete package
Many of our customers are opting to move to Microsoft 365 as part of their upgrades. Microsoft 365 includes the Office 365 cloud productivity suite, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS).
EMS offers a huge number of security features to further protect your environment, from Cloud App Security for ensuring security when cloud apps such as Dropbox are being used – including monitoring how much data is being sent and flagging suspiciously high activity – to conditional multifactor authentication and data leak prevention.
Away from security, Microsoft Teams is proving a big winner in Microsoft 365. As a collaboration tool it’s basically taking the videoconferencing ability of Skype for Business and adding a huge amount of collaboration. Teams can share and collaborate on documents in real-time, share screens and set up video calls. You can also use Teams to replace your traditional phone systems if you start using VoIP and SIP trunk.
The server question
On the server front the increased stability offered by newer releases such as Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019, is a big winner. Both also require a lot less resources than Windows Server 2008.
There’s also a lot more reporting and self-healing in the newer server OS so if there’s a problem, the server often self-diagnoses – and doesn’t fall over.
Most of our clients, however, aren’t opting for new on-premise servers. Instead they’re taking the opportunity presented by EoS to get away from the cycle of upgrades and modernise their business with Microsoft Azure Cloud.
Windows Server workloads can be migrated to Azure virtual machines in a ‘lift and shift’ to the cloud, or you can choose to rearchitect or rebuild and innovate with Windows Server containers and Azure data services.