Windows 10: Small Business in the Mobile Era

Windows may truly be the route for small businesses into the mobile era

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and small agile companies are already alive to the productivity-enhancing effects of mobile applications on workers’ tablets and smartphones. However, those experiences are generally detached from the desktop, where workers go for number crunching and tasks better suited to the larger systems.

Microsoft’s new flagship operating system (OS) Windows 10, promises to bring those worlds together in ways that can provide real value to small businesses using mobile technology whilst maintaining productivity gains.

Phil Astell, managing director of Astec Computing commented, “There are impressive new Windows 10 features which are currently getting little attention in the media. However, small business owners that are serious about mobile applications linking to their Microsoft Office-based workflows should seek them out.”

Microsoft Office is the most used suite of business applications in the world with one in 7 people on the planet using it. Many employees routinely use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook to get work done. Windows 10 helps iPhones and Android phones get in on the act more seamlessly than before.

“The new Microsoft Phone Companion app, a built-in app on Windows 10, makes it easier to integrate iOS and Android devices into the Windows 10 OS,” Astell continued. The app automatically syncs OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Office Mobile and Outlook, ensuring that smartphones are on the same page as the Windows 10 PCs and tablets. This can be set up with minimal configuration or other technical protocols to follow, ensuring a simply connectivity pathway.

By linking an iOS, or Android phone, the users’ phone launches automatically and syncs everything. It creates the kind of smoothness similar to that of an iOS user connecting to a Mac.

Tablet When You Want, Desktop When You Don’t

In a bid to capture part of the tablet market, Microsoft added polarising touch-enabled elements to Windows 8, most notably a full-screen Start experience that replaced the company’s tried-and-true Start Menu.

With Windows 10, an even more polished user interface and the mode-switching Continuum feature, make it easier for people to switch between tablet and desktop views on their Windows tablets and 2-in-1s, encouraging users to unplug once in a while and do some work away from their desks.

Microsoft has done a better job of combining the tablet and desktop with Windows 10, as a consequence, businesses will find it simple to adopt Windows 10. But don’t rush into things. look at the core systems that your organization runs. Make sure those core systems run flawlessly on the new system.

In terms of deploying the new OS, Astell recommends “implementing it in phases” and “making sure you have the patience and experience” to get average, non-techy users accustomed to the Windows 10 experience. The new system provides an important platform to implement effective productivity tools to gain real business advantage.

Astec can assist clients and prospects in undertaking a free technology review which will suggest actions including deploying the applications and their training needs to ensure upgrades add a level of competitiveness to the organisation.

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