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Windows 10 Enterprise - Are You Ready?In late 2015, Microsoft began giving many of its customers the ability to upgrade their PCs at home to Windows 10 free of charge. This has helped Windows users all over the world to get to know Windows 10 in a low-pressure environment, and many are praising it for its ease of use, elegantly designed features, and robust processing power.

While Windows 10 seems to have won over home users, a bigger question remains: Is Windows 10 ready for enterprise computing? We break down the pros and cons of the Enterprise Edition of Windows 10.

The Pros of Implementing Windows 10 Enterprise

Microsoft has created three main versions of Windows 10 that can be used in desktop computing environments — Home, Professional, and Enterprise. If you’re looking into implementing Windows 10 in the workplace, it’s very likely that you’ll want to use the Enterprise version. This upgrade allows your IT staff to gain access to advanced remote administration capabilities, while the Home version will not allow you to join the individual desktop PC to a domain. While Home versions of Windows 10 can be utilized for some business purposes, it’s probably not worth the extra effort and work it will cost you.

Here is a quick list of advantages that your organization can gain from implementing Windows 10 Enterprise:

  • Consistent Experiences: Across tablets, laptops, desktop PCs and mobile devices.
  • Application Compatibility: Windows 10 is compatible with most legacy Windows apps.
  • Real-time Malware Protection: Windows 10 has Device Guard built-in.
  • Trusted Boot Up: Secure your devices using Microsoft’s Trusted Boot feature.
  • The Start Button: Windows 8 lacked a Start Button, which confused some users.

These are some of the most noticeable enhancements of the Windows 10 Enterprise suite. It’s no secret that Windows 10 has won over the hearts of minds of tech enthusiasts all around the world. In fact, PC Magazine’s Editor Michael Muchmore awarded Windows 10 with an excellent rating, giving the new operating system 4 out of 5 stars.

The Cons of Implementing Windows 10 Enterprise

Most of the possible drawbacks for Windows 10 Enterprise don’t actually involve the software itself. Concerns arise from the impact that the new OS may have withiny our business environment.

Unfortunately, this can lead to more questions than answers. For example, if you have legacy or specialty hardware in your environment, what happens when there isn’t a Windows 10 driver available for this specific device? Should you run an unsupported or an unsigned driver in efforts to get the device to work properly?

This a common problem you’ll encounter whenever a new major release of an operating system is published. The good news is that Microsoft continuously updates its Windows Updates drivers library, making it easy to locate and install a hard-to-find driver.

Here are a few business environment concerns that you should keep in mind before making the switch to Windows 10:

  • Does your IT staff have the expertise to troubleshoot Windows 10?
  • Windows 10 is designed for Office 365 – Are you ready to upgrade Microsoft Office?
  • Integration with Cloud Services – If you aren’t using the cloud, Windows 10 may not be able to provide your business with rich collaboration features.
  • Incompatibilities persist: For instance, those using McAfee SaaS AV Protection went several months without having a Windows 10 version.
  • Some system administrators are concerned about the network chatter between Windows 10 and Microsoft – Even with all of the privacy options enabled.
  • End User Education – Whenever new systems are introduced, end users will need to trained on how to become more productive with the new OS.

None of these factors are automatic disqualifiers, although some systems administrators have expressed concern over Microsoft storing hard drive encryption keys for Windows 10 devices in the cloud.

Is Windows 10 Enterprise Right for Your Business?

The answer isn’t as simple as just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Every organization’s journey to Windows 10 will likely have its own motivations. The biggest motivating factors for businesses looking to truly get their money’s worth out of Windows 10 Enterprise will be the adoption of cloud services.

Businesses utilizing Office 365 will instantly gain rich collaboration features that will help your business streamline internal processes. Apps like SalesForce, Skype for Business, and others can be integrated into your employees’ Windows 10 experience, allowing them to maximize the possibilities of the new OS. If many of the cons listed above sound like they could potentially become roadblocks, you may want to re-evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise at another time in the future. If your organization could benefit from Windows 10 Enterprise, go ahead and begin the dialog with your managed service provider or Microsoft Licensing Partner to begin planning for the switch to Windows 10 Enterprise.

If you’re interested in learning more about cloud services, Office 365, or what Windows 10 Enterprise could do for your business, we’d love to speak with you here at BACS. When you schedule a consultation with us, we’ll take a look at your unique situation and what would help your business grow. We’ll work together to decide on the best possible way to move forward for your company and for our partnership. You can reach us by phone at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online just by clicking the banner below.

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Published on 15th March 2016 by James Berger.