• Still running Windows 7? Here’s what you need to know right now…

There are good reasons behind Windows 7 popularity as an operating system. It exceeded its predecessors, boasting improved speed and stability, alongside minimizing nonessential programs and enhancing the interface. Windows 10 is the latest edition of Windows and building from the look and feel of Windows 7 has advanced with even better performance capability.

However, we know that some businesses have been reluctant to update their IT because of some common misconceptions about Windows 10. We’re going to address some of these now and explain how a shift to a modern desktop presents a huge opportunity to help your business innovate and be ready for the future. 

 

I’m too small a business to be in danger from cyber threats or malicious hackers 

Whilst you may feel that the size of your business means you’re too insignificant to be a target, cyber criminals don't agree; nearly half of UK small business have experienced a cyberattack within the last 12 months according to a recent survey [PDF]. 

Windows 7 is coming up to 10 years old, and unfortunately that makes it vulnerable to new security threats that emerge. With extended support for Windows 7 coming to an end in January 2020, the best way to keep your systems and information secure, and protect your business is to run the most current version of Windows on your devices. 

There’s no doubt that the cyber threat is increasing and becoming more sophisticated, and so cyber security has become much more complex. When you use outdated software it puts your business at increased risk of data breaches and hacks. When you upgrade to Windows 10, you have the reassurance of automatic updates, meaning you’re always up-to-date and protected. And when you choose a modern desktop running Microsoft 365 on a new device, you’re choosing the ideal way to keep your business competitive, as well as staying safe.


I’m worried there’s a risk of losing information, or finding issues with app compatibility 
 

99% of Windows 7 applications work with Windows 10 – the way that you work is one of the foundations of your business, and Windows 10 was made to fit around you. In the event you do find an application that Windows 10 doesn't have a driver for, extra drivers for Windows 7 or 8 can usually be installed. 

When you move to Microsoft 365, you will still need to ensure your data security by backing up, and we can advise on different options to suit your organisations requirements. Once migrated to the cloud, Microsoft stores your data across several servers on multiple databases. These servers are regularly backed up so in the event of a power failure or a data breach, the information held on them remains secure.

If you're planning to buy new devices, you have a perfect opportunity to look at more flexible and innovative options that better support the way your business works now and in the future. The Microsoft Surface range of devices were designed to help support your business, boosting your teams’ productivity with hybrid laptop-tablet functionality and seamlessly connected apps and services.


The cloud isn't a core focus for our business; remote working isn't productive 

Adopting new processes and workstyles to maximise productivity is a core part of how organisations maintain relevance and success. Remote working is becoming an increasingly common practice, and that’s because businesses are finding that when done well it has a positive impact on the bottom line. 

By effectively extending office hours, you give employees the opportunity to work when they feel most productive, or around other commitments so they can be more focussed when they are working. This flexibility also can improve employee morale, boosting productivity and reducing staff turnover. In fact, Surface devices facilitate even greater efficiency, by enabling users to multi-task up to 2.1x faster.

By dispelling the myth that remote working doesn’t work, organisations can unlock the opportunity and advantage of remote working and embrace cloud-based data storage and empower teams to work more flexibly and productively. Surface devices offer the same suite of applications as Windows 7 but optimises them for collaboration whether online or offline. Windows 10 on a Surface device is the ideal choice for organisations of any size who want to embrace the future of flexible working.


My business can’t afford to upgrade – it’ll just be too expensive 

Putting resources into new equipment is one of the most cost-effective decisions you can make. By improving business efficiency, wiping out spend on the support and maintenance of old equipment and boosting employee morale, this is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make as a small organisation. 

Microsoft 365 is a unified hardware and software package that enables you to purchase and deploy Surface devices with minimal downtime. Microsoft 365, including Office 365 and Enterprise & Security, enables you to smoothly update your OS in real time, while staying secure and productive. Access flexible plans and tailored price plans - discover how the investment in Microsoft 365 and Surface devices will deliver value to your organisation now and into the future. 


Purchasing new kit isn't worth it, regardless of whether I upgrade to Windows 10 

Modern devices are designed to make the most of cloud-based technology. The advantages of real-time communication and collaboration are significantly enhanced with portable devices. Older devices may stop you working as quickly – a Surface device running on Windows 10 will perform up to 80% better compared to a laptop that’s even four years old. 

And if you’re spending time and money maintaining older devices, you can be losing up to 48 hours of employee time per PC that could be spent more productively elsewhere in the business. An investment in modern devices is one of the best ways to optimise your business performance. Workers can save nearly five hours a week in productivity with a device from the Surface range, making them a solid choice for organisations who need to buy quality hardware that will last.

 

Embrace the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 + Surface 

Where Windows 7 offered an operating system, Microsoft 365 is a whole bundle that offers Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Rather than buying a product or licence, Microsoft 365 is a subscription service. Office 365 works from the cloud, and automatically updates applications and offers intelligent capabilities like data insights.

Microsoft 365 additionally has important enterprise-grade security to protect your business information, allowing you to select the hardware and subscription that works best for you, without stressing about migrating to the cloud. 

Discover more about how Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 best support your business and download 'Your Journey to a Modern Desktop eBook' today