As with every new operating system upgrade, the clamor for new and shiny features can pull many towards early adoption. While this may be a satisfying experience for consumers, businesses that rely on continuity and security shouldn’t be so eager to change their system software. Here are a few reasons to wait it out and retain your old Windows 7 or 8 operating system until at least next year.
I think everyone following the launch of Windows 10 has seen this screenshot from many a user:
That’s not a good sign for the next major update to the world’s most popular operating system. As with many other versions of Windows (and OSX, for that matter), Windows 10 just won’t be as stable or reliable until there have been patches madein the coming weeks and months. Until then, Microsoft security teams and outside forces will be hacking away to detect vulnerabilities. In this instance, it could hurt to be the guinea pig.
Perhaps the most vital shortcoming of Windows 10 is the primary reason why businesses should wait to upgrade. While this version of Windows may prove to be the most secure this early in its lifespan, there’s no guarantee a major flaw won’t be detected that could damage an institution of any size. While there’s certainly more to cybersecurity than OS-level protections, it’s best to not take any chances. Windows 7 and Windows 8 are perfectly reliable platforms. New OS versions usually attract high-level hacker attention, so expect the majority of big hacking headlines to come along with a Windows 10 label for the time being.
Unless you rely exclusively on the Microsoft Office suite to conduct your business, there’s not much reason to switch to Windows 10 immediately. The reason? Third-party software companies such as Adobe and Salesforce aren’t as quick to push product support updates for brand-new operating systems. Even more importantly, if they do release program support for new platforms, the kinks involved with switching over haven’t yet been worked out.
Bottom line: it’s almost always better to wait for significant first and third-party software updates to correct usability, compatibility, and security issues that could potentially cripple businesses.
If you need advice concerning hardware purchasing or software upgrades for your company, CMIT Solutions of Seattle may be your best bet. With expert knowledge in a variety of IT-related fields, our team can help guide you through software transitions and ensure your network security as your business grows. Contact a CMIT representative today to schedule a free consultation.
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