Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer is expected to end on 29th July this year. If you’re currently running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you might be considering whether you should upgrade.

Windows 10 provides many improvements and new functionality and it also brings back some of the Windows favourites. Let’s face it, the Windows 8 interface was always a bit awkward for users. Thankfully, Windows 10 avoids the same pitfalls by returning to a Windows 7 style desktop with a Start Menu that features optional live tiles for those who liked that addition to Windows 8.

Windows 10 is more cloud enabled and uses all the latest developments such as Cortana (Microsoft’s answer to Siri basically) in ways that make it easier for users to get their work done.

Windows 10 is also major step towards a unified platform that will see the same core software run across not only desktops including phones, tablets, servers and more. This will make it much easier to develop ‘universal apps’ common to all platforms from phone to Xbox to desktop.

So should you upgrade to Windows 10 if you’re a business?

For personal users it’s a much simpler migration, but for business users there are some precautions that should be taken.

It is recommended for business grade users to check what types of software are in their environment and whether they are compatible with Windows 10. Some software providers did not immediately encourage customers to migrate to Windows 10. Compatibility concerns were a high priority and the majority of suppliers are going through a systematic process of assessing how compatible their software is with the new version of Windows.

As a business you should obtain confirmation either from your IT provider or directly from the supplier as to the compatibility of the software with Windows 10.

Once you’ve taken the precautions and obtained the confirmation of compatibility, Windows 10 can be incorporated into your environment with less risk. The same advice holds true for printers and scanners which may require you to download new drivers to ensure that they operate effectively on the new version.

As any upgrade arrives, it is generally a good rule of thumb to prepare your organisation to adopt it in a planned and tested approach.

When undergoing any system update, ensure that you have all your data backed up. If you don’t have a data backup system, talk to our back up experts. As a business you can’t afford downtime.

If all this sounds complicated, we can help. Just drop us a line and ask of our out IT consultants to walk you through the process of updating your device.

Correct have a defined testing procedure that confirms your applications are suitable and upgrades your organisation to Windows 10 in the process.

If you are ready to make that switch, drop us a line and book your upgrade.