Is it the beginning of the end or just the beginning? The pundits are talking. The commercials have been playing over and over again. Today is the release date for Windows 10. So, have you downloaded and installed your upgrade yet? Before you do, I have one word of advice:
Yeah, I know - this is actually two words. But my point is, please, please, please hold off. And this isn't to say anything negative about it at all, but rather I'm hoping to help you look at it from a business perspective.
I'm not here to make a comment one way or another when it comes to your home or personal computer. Feel free to take the plunge as you see fit (again, for your own personal machine). If you want to be an "Innovator" on the technology adoption curve, feel free. But before you or anyone in your office upgrades one of your business computers to Microsoft's latest and (arguably) greatest OS, take a step back, breathe, and hold off. And I mean this in the most loving and positive way.
By all accounts, this is a great operating system. And while I've seen and heard a few negatives (like a high-resolution screen issue), there really haven't been all that many reported. The reality is this actually seems like it's going to be a very successful rollout. It seems like Microsoft actually got the upgrade process very well dialed in. Just like Windows 7 saved the day for Vista, Windows 10 looks to be the salvo Microsoft was intending for Windows 8 (and 8.1).
While there are so many positive reasons to consider working with the latest and greatest, there's one big one to hold off - and that's productivity! That is to say why do anything that's going to negatively affect your staffs' productivity? This has always been our recommendation to our clients whenever a new OS, version, or application is released - why take on the role of tech guinea pig? Let someone else work out the kinks. Many, if not most, of our clients run all sorts of industry specific applications - tax prep, business management, portfolio management, ERP, etc. We need some time to test, review, and adjust to ensure any and all compatibility issues are addressed BEFORE our clients go down this path. Again, today is just day one.
So, for all you early adopter geeks out there just chomping at the bit (tech pun intended), think, think twice, then think again before upgrading to Windows 10 in your business environment. And if you're still thinking about it, please talk to us before you do. We'd love nothing more than to help you navigate the most seamless way to help your company do this.