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In January 2019, Windows 10 became the most popular version of Microsoft Windows around the world. After nearly four years of being on the market, it overtook Windows 7 as the most widely used operating system.

In the business environment, IT consulting companies in Toronto discover that so many businesses rely on Windows 7 and Windows XP. Not all these machines are daily-use systems. No, custom application software, manufacturing control, and even server control systems have remained on old versions of Windows.

The time has come that your business cannot postpone migrating its decades-old Windows computers to Windows 10.

Here are 5 reasons why you should not delay upgrading to Windows 10 in 2019.

  1. Windows 7 support ended

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 support for security patches and technical assistance has ended on 14 January 2020. That means your systems have stopped receiving security updates and bug fixes. An IT consulting firm in Toronto can help secure your legacy systems temporarily, but without updates the issues are:

  • The rising threat of cyberattack and data loss
  • Feature loss and incompatibility with tools
  1. Ransomware

Ransomware became top of the cyber threat list with the WannaCry attacks. There are no foolproof ways of defending against ransomware, except constant updates to patch any loopholes in the software. Windows 10 offers the best protection against ransomware – and will continue to do so for many years.

  1. Safe browsing

Windows 10 is one of the most secure ways of browsing the internet. Personal versions of Windows 10 identify and prevent malicious software on websites installing on your computer. In fact, the latest Edge browser monitors web pages to see if they are trying to steal your information. In professional versions of the OS, Windows Defender allows your browser to be used in a ‘virtual machine’. It means even if your browser gets compromised, the infection will not spread to your machine and the wider network.

  1. Improved multi-tasking

Windows 10’s Timeline brings many improvements to multi-tasking. Now, you can not only switch between applications running on your computer, you can switch to an earlier instance of the application. More importantly, it lets you pick up exactly where you were on your phone or tablet seamlessly from your computer.

  1. Faster deployment

Added a new resource to your company? Windows 10’s Autopilot feature helps setup pre-configured profiles for new computers from the cloud. Not only is it a big time saver, it ensures all computers start with the same base configuration. After that, IT staff can grant user permissions as required.

IT Consulting Firms in Toronto Help You Upgrade

Realistically, the cost of upgrading to Windows 10 is not a major factor anymore. Devices that can run Windows 10 comfortably are extremely affordable. Stability too has not proven to be a concern (unlike Windows Vista).

To migrate your custom software, speak to one of the best consulting companies in Toronto. We help a business realize powerful new tools and cloud integration with Windows 10. Speak to a consultant today and discover how affordable and easily you can transfer your operation from old software to Windows 10.

Mixing it with Mac and Windows?

Is your business mixing Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems (OS)? A homogenous OS setup would be ideal, but we understand that’s not always possible. NUMENTIS offers several solutions that enable native file and device sharing. Make your multi-OS environment work for you!