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Windows 7 end of life

Five reasons Windows 10 can’t wait

Become more mobile, efficient and effective with an operating system and productivity tools designed for modern needs. With growing demand for new ways of working, agile collaboration and simple, secure access to powerful cloud-based capabilities, upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365 is a must for public sector organisations that want to go further and faster.

The benefits of upgrading are universally acknowledged, but if your organisation is still hesitant—whether due to concerns over cost, disruption, skills, or simply a fear of change—here are our top five reasons to make the move now:

1. Stay secure

Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. After this looming deadline organisations will lose all access to critical security updates, leaving them extremely vulnerable to ever-emerging malware and other cyberthreats. With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect and potentially eye-watering fines for data breaches, no organisation should expose itself to such unnecessary risk.

While Microsoft has said extended Windows 7 support will be available until January 2023, it will come at a premium and ever-increasing cost per machine. As a result, those sticking with the status quo will end up paying a high price—one way or another.

2. Harness the latest technologies

Just as with software, hardware improvements continue to march on. All new desktops and laptops now come with Windows 10 as standard and suppliers are steadily phasing out support for Windows 7, such as backward-compatible hardware drivers.

Designed for mobility and ease-of-use across devices, Windows 10 is an essential upgrade if your organisation wants to exploit the latest hardware to its full potential—from touchscreen control to on-the-go video conferencing.

3. Give yourself planning time

‘Failure to plan is planning to fail’, as the old saying goes. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365. In our experience, a typical rollout takes a full year to outline and implement. With Windows 7 racing towards end-of-life, that means organisations need to start planning now.

This is even more true with financial planning for the coming year already underway. Without a clear business case and budget for Windows 10 implementation, your organisation won’t be able to accurately prepare for 2019-20.

4. Start benefiting sooner

Accelerating technology change means that adopting Windows 10 and Office 365 is inevitable. Making the leap sooner rather than later means your organisation will start benefiting from new capabilities faster—including improved authentication, automation and identity management.

The reverse is also true: the later you leave upgrading, the greater the pressure. Public sector organisations that don’t make the leap will find themselves steadily falling behind on workforce expectations, as issues such as shadow IT and technical debt begin to mount. When transformation becomes impossible to put off, it will then need to be faced on tighter timescales, under greater financial pressure and with no margin for error.

5 Go further and faster

Today, the need to upgrade to Windows 10 and Office 365 is also inspiring the public sector to look more broadly at what’s possible in the cloud—from greater productivity and stronger security, to simpler administration.

Making the move to Windows 10 offers the perfect foundation from which to embrace more cloud capabilities, or even operate there entirely. Combining Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S), Microsoft 365 offers a simple path to the cloud, unleashing a comprehensive, intelligent and secure productivity solution. It empowers employees to work the way they want and frees IT staff from the burden of administration in a world filled with ever more devices, applications and security concerns.

Don’t delay. To learn more about how we can help your organisation build a watertight Windows 10 business case and enable adoption seamlessly, securely and at a lower cost, get in touch.