Microsoft Windows 10 launched July 29 and you may already have a geeky friend who has bragged about their awesome new Windows 10 computer. If you feel like the only one in junior high without the cool new sneakers then here’s some consolation.
Windows 10 is what we’ll be recommending… next year. But businesses should hold off on installing it, and here’s why.
Other than being shiny and new, there’s nothing in Windows 10 that is a game-changer that will move businesses forward, and there are some negatives to consider: peripherals and privacy.
Peripherals take a while to catch up to every new operating system. Printers won’t have Windows 10 drivers and many software applications are not “Windows 10 ready.” Unless you’re planning to buy all new printers, scanners, and software: WAIT.
The bigger reason to wait is Privacy. The gee whiz features of Windows 10 are Cortana, a Siri-like personal assistant, and Wi-Fi Sense, which tries to keep you always connected. Both require a lot of personal information to work and, by default, all of that info is shared with Microsoft (and all their friends). Opting OUT is not intuitive or easy and we’re still learning about it. Until you can adequately protect your privacy, you should wait.
Without a business imperative to change, the first year of Windows 10 will be more pain than gain.
Windows 7 Professional is still the gold standard for business, and it will be supported until 2020.
Those old sneakers are cooler than you think.