8 November 2016
4 min read
In July 2015 Microsoft launched Windows 10. For free. It was an unprecedented move that let Windows 7 and 8.1 users upgrade at no cost. It’s no surprise that millions of users took the offer, leading to 200 million active devices running Windows 10 less than a year later.
And with professional customers saving $160 per device, it wasn’t just a great deal, it was a chance for businesses to transform how they worked with a more productive, better connected and more secure operating system.
There are currently more than 350 million devices running Windows 10 in 192 countries. With a goal of reaching one billion Windows 10 devices by 2018, Microsoft is confident that their best OS yet has what it takes to dominate devices all over the world.
But if you haven’t yet upgraded already, here are some ideas about why you should join the Windows 10 revolution.
Windows 10 is familiar
Windows 10 is touted by industry experts and reviews as the best Microsoft OS yet. It combined easily recognisable features like the Start Menu and Edge browser but made them work harder, look slicker and alleviate frustrations existing Microsoft OS users had.
A big concern of IT departments is training new users on new technology. The benefit of a familiar but totally enhanced experience can’t be stressed enough. And there’s a large chance that staff will already be running Windows 10 at home on laptops, PCs or even smart phones and tablets. If they already know how to use it then the transition will be a lot smoother on business devices.
Despite the obvious benefit of a self-trained Windows 10-literate workforce, enterprise adoption has been slow. This is starting to change and with increased interest in hybrid devices like the HP Elite X3, that market is also growing significantly. The shift away from traditional PCs and laptops has also been noted by Gartner:
“We expect Windows 10 will bring a stronger value proposition case for enterprise to embrace other form factors than the clamshell notebook. Windows 10 on hybrid ultra-mobiles will offer a better user experience with touch and voice.”
Windows 10 is secure
No OS is totally airtight against cyber criminals and hackers but Windows 10 is probably the most secure on the market.
- Virtualisation-based security show that Microsoft has approached security from a completely new angle with Windows 10. It’s not just about better defence against intruders, it’s a significant change to the architectural aspects of the OS. It works with Hyper-V and allows developers to set up virtual environments within virtual environments, essentially created individually gated areas from the same machine. It minimises the chance of attack while defending against attacks, so the OS is less likely to be modified and your data is less likely to be stolen.
- Windows Hello is a contender for one of the most secure password-free logins available. Three biometric values (face, iris and fingerprint) are authenticated with a PIN to allow local login. Biometric data is incredibly difficult to spoof, so hackers would find machines virtually useless.
- Bitlocker is a feature designed to protect data when devices are locked or stolen but in Windows 10 it takes this a step further.
- Enterprise Data Protection can stop users from accidentally or intentionally leaking data. It’s an unobtrusive filter that works in the background and protects corporate data without impacting on the user experience.
- HP Workspace and Continuum are part of what make Windows 10 such a secure and seamless experience on the Elite x3. The ability to access the OS, corporate apps and data from the same source across many devices (the x3, external monitors, projectors) mean that there’s no digital paper trail or chance of losing data. With everything stored locally or on the cloud, multiple points of risk (i.e. one document edited across a work laptop, home laptop, work smartphone, personal smartphone) are immediately mitigated.
Windows 10 is unified
Platform convergence is a term that’s often thrown around but Windows 10 is a step toward true unification across all platforms and all devices. It opens up the OS to hybrid devices, tablets, laptops, PCs, smart phones, Xbox One and other devices as they hit the market.
From an IT management team’s point of view, this set up allows a consistent user experience to manage, whatever the device. This also means one deployment model, one set of updates to roll out and one set of training to control. Not only does it unify devices, it unifies infrastructure and the way people work. It’s a chance to get back into your business and avoid the hassle of multi-device service clashes and costs.
Windows 10 Pro gives you the freedom to work across all of your devices, becoming truly mobile. And when combined with the HP Elite x3, Desk Dock and Lap Dock, and running Continuum, you can truly feel the future of hybrid devices running Windows 10. Imagine starting work in the office and seamlessly completing it on the go, wherever you go next.
To experience the HP Elite x3 and Windows 10 together, get in touch with our team to book a demo. Until then, check out some more articles on BusinessNow.