Small Business Timid In Adoption of Windows 10

Microsoft has another hit on its hands with Windows 10. Seven months after its release, more than 200 million devices run the operating system (OS). Personal users aren’t the only people jumping on Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer, either, IT professionals are also promoting the benefits of the latest upgrade to employers and clients.

Commenting Phil Astell, managing director of Astec Computing stated. “Windows 10 offers a very exciting platform for customers, it provides opportunities to capitalise on the mobilisation of business bringing together the flexibility of mobile applications and the power of the desktop.”

And the bigger the business, the more likely it is to have adopted Windows 10. Deployment in companies with more than 500 employees sits at 31 percent, compared to just 10 percent for small businesses with 50 or fewer workers. Small businesses also tend not to be as engaged with Microsoft as bigger companies, and there is always the matter of ‘if it isn’t broke why fix it’.

Small businesses also trail due to limited IT resources and apprehension over the new operating system’s effect on their current software setups. No organisation wants to risk an interruption to their business processes if it can be helped, least of all small companies with little in the way of IT support staff.

Astell continued, “Many SMBs could be holding off on Windows 10 until they have the time and manpower to adequately test the OS for hardware and application compatibility. The Astec team has been involved in numerous projects with customers to ensure the OS benefits their environment.”

Beyond the return of the Start button, Windows 10 offers several compelling reasons to upgrade. It is a great upgrade from Windows 7, and offers better data safeguards. Users perceive that Microsoft is taking security seriously going forward. The OS also delivers a stable and familiar user experience. This ensures that user training for Windows 10 is minimised.

Ultimately, small businesses that require IT to maintain competitiveness need to seriously consider the upgrade as many of the CPU hardware platforms now being developed will not support earlier versions of the operating system.

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