Windows 10 Is Coming!
The launch of Windows 10 is just around the corner (July 29th for the first phased rollout) and there is a lot of buzz being generated about Microsoft’s latest operating system. Rightfully so, Windows 10 brings many new improvements focused around productivity, mobility, and security – all while maintaining the familiar user experience your employees love.
With more and more applications and services moving into the cloud, it’s important to have an operating system designed with mobility in mind. Furthermore, as mobile device adoption takes off, it is vital to provide a consistent experience for users from device to device. Windows 10 brings this and more.
Consistent User Experience Across Devices
Windows 10 is the first Microsoft operating system that runs on the full spectrum of device types – from desktop PCs and laptops, to tablets, smartphones and Xbox. It will even help to power the Internet of Things (IoT) by running on many special-purpose embedded devices such as sensors and robotics components.
With Continuum, Windows 10 brings a consistent, yet flexible, user experience across devices. When working on your tablet it provides a touch-friendly full-screen user interface that is easy to operate without a keyboard. If it detects the attachment of a keyboard it can seamless transition out of tablet mode to provide a more traditional desktop experience. It is even possible to use a mobile phone as you would a computer by attaching an external display, keyboard, and mouse!
Manage and Empower End User Productivity
The Windows Store brings new ways to connect employees with the applications and tools necessary to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively. All of your company’s line-of-business and other supporting applications can be presented through the Store, providing a familiar self-service model to application deployment. Rather than bothering IT to install the FTP client they need for a new project, they can simply go out and get it themselves. This is of course all under your control; there’s no need to worry about having to true-up 5,000 MS Project licenses when Gantt charts become all the rage.
No More Complicated VPNs
As we put more data and services into the cloud it is becoming increasingly important to protect that data with robust security controls. Two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication is one of the most effective ways to achieve this level of security without adversely affecting employee productivity. Windows 10 enhances this by making the device itself the second factor. Now, users can gain access to all of their resources from approved Windows 10 devices simply by connecting and typing in a PIN. Your security posture is greatly improved and the end-user experience is vastly simplified without having to resort to complicated VPN solutions or overly complex passwords that invariably end up on a sticky note somewhere.
Security for Your Biggest Vulnerability
Since we know the human element is often the weakest link in the security chain, it’s necessary to protect well-meaning employees from themselves. Windows 10 includes data loss prevention features that keep company data restricted to approved devices and network locations. Simple rules can be set up to prevent any data from leaving the control of your IT organization, or more granular rules can be created to identify and protect sensitive data based on complex criteria.
It’s already obvious that Windows 10 is the next-generation operating system that will drive production for a mobile workforce, but it’s not always obvious how to get from where you are to where you want to be. SWC has the tools and experience to help guide you along the way. We can help you to build a strategic roadmap and find answers to important questions like:
- Preparedness – Is my environment ready for Windows 10? Are all of our applications compatible and if not, what is our remediation strategy?
- Deployment – How do I get Windows 10 onto all of the workstations and laptops I support? What do we do with older devices and how do we make sure everyone’s data survives the transition?
- Mobility – What if my employees want to use iPads and other mobile devices? How can Windows 10 help bridge the BYOD gap while providing a consistent experience for everybody?
- Training – How do we teach our employees to adapt to Windows 10 without sacrificing productivity?
Let’s talk Windows 10. Give us a call at 630.572.0240 or shoot us an email and tell us about your business and plans for deploying Microsoft’s next generation OS.
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If you enjoyed this post from Mike, please check out a few of SWC’s related past posts:
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