Moving Off Windows 7

A key consideration when migrating off any platform that you've had for a long time is whether the line of business apps you use can still operate. Chances are you may need to do some additional work. There's a huge difference between Windows 10 and Windows 7, with Windows 10 offering significant value.

Windows 10 is one of Microsoft's biggest and most secure releases. Microsoft have invested significant amounts into building a security practice. Cybercrime is such big business. Criminals don't have to break into buildings - they can be sat in a car park, or at home and infiltrate structures.

Advantages of Windows 10

The operating system has got hardened security built into it. A user could be on multiple devices; a watch is synced to a phone; a phone is synced to a laptop; a laptop is synced to a home device and information is accessed across all devices. All the devices are secure, with a demarcation between what is personal data and what is business data.

This is available to any small businesses, on up to five devices. We've evolved significantly over the last 10 years and we're going to evolve again over the coming years. Collaboration is huge, but then you've got to consider that that causes then a threat to your intellectual property; your secure files;  how you separate what you want people to be able to see and what you don't want people to see.

Microsoft has spent a lot of time, effort, and investment in creating an environment that people can just consume.

Device Refresh

Traditionally when somebody's using Windows 7, it's on an older device. Migrating onto Windows 10 includes a consideration of the devices being used, as well as everything else that's being used - for example antivirus and firewalls. It's a good opportunity to look at tech refresh across the board, with a view to moving to what Microsoft class as a modern workplace; agile, any device, anytime, anyplace. It's a chance to futureproof yourself


Now is the time to consider Residual Leasing. Never again will you be sweating an asset that's beyond its capability because every two to three years you'll be able to refresh.

It helps maintain a competitive edge and it also makes you more attractive when recruiting Millennials who look for organisations using the latest and best technology.

Migrating to Windows 10 is going to have its challenges, so make sure you're getting the right advice, including help with adoption to ensure you're using the functionality to its full capability, and making the very most of your investment.