Windows 10 Vs. Windows 7: What Enterprise IT Needs To Know

Windows 7 organizations are starting to look at Windows 10. What are the major points of comparison? Read on to see what the changes could mean for your company.
Feature Complete (And Locked)
Power To The Platform
AD Is Built In
MDM Comes Inside
Cortana On The Desktop
Window 10 Is A Touching OS
Safer From The Start
A Little (Application) On The Side

Windows 10 is in the field now, and enterprise IT departments will start getting serious questions from their users. When will Windows 10 be installed on enterprise systems? How soon will we be able to get rid of our old Windows 7 systems? How will Windows 10 make our systems better? These are all reasonable questions. Do you have the answers?

It's worth taking a careful look at the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10. Why these two, rather than comparisons with all the other versions of Windows that are still in use? Let's take a moment to consider that question.

First, let's go with the obvious: If you're still deploying Windows XP, Windows Vista, or (heaven help you) something even older, then you're strongly advised to consider updating all your systems as soon as possible. There are many reasons for this, but we can use one word -- security -- to stand in for almost all of them. In fairness, if your computers aren't attached to the Internet in any way, and you're only using existing custom applications, you're welcome to use Windows XP, or even Windows 98, for as long as you can find the drivers to keep your hardware and software talking. But if the Internet is part of your communication infrastructure, then it's time to go modern.

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What if you've already gone modern and have moved your systems to Windows 8 or 8.1? In that case, the move to Windows 10 is even easier to justify. There should be no issues with hardware compatibility, and the improvements in performance, features, security, and manageability make a strong case for moving up. Add to that the fact that your users will have already scaled the height of the learning curve for the new interface, and Windows 10 is the way to go.

So Windows 7 is the point of comparison. What are some of the key issues to explore as you're making the decision between Windows 7 and Windows 10? Here are eight of the most important ones, and the reasons they deserve your consideration.

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