So, Windows 7 has been out for six years and is the most reliable and stable operating system to-date. It is used on almost a billion devices around the world (870 million to be exact). Support doesn’t even end until 2020. It took a lot of effort and time to get off of Windows XP and, heck, it just works. Are you planning on upgrading to Windows 10? Great question. 

Windows 7 is more than halfway through its supported life. To Microsoft, that is about ten years where they provide hotfixes and extended support. You may have just upgraded to Windows 7 last year or have been running it since launch, but eventually you will need to upgrade. Microsoft wants you to upgrade as soon as possible, because why wouldn’t they? Starting July 29, 2015, anyone who is currently using Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost for the next year (except Enterprise users who receive the upgrade through Software Assurance).

Why would Microsoft do this, you ask? They have some selfish reasons, but there are also some legitimate reasons why you should also upgrade. Microsoft wants to cut their support costs and legacy application support by having as many people using Windows 10 as possible. Less versions and platforms means reduced complexity and support costs, not just for Microsoft, but also for you and your company.

Windows 10 isn’t just for tablets; the Start Menu is back! Yes, your Windows 7 users will even feel at home and the new Start Menu adapts to the device and even to the user. Running on a desktop, use the small Start Menu, create shortcuts to common used applications and pin them to the taskbar. Everything feels natural to even the most entrenched Windows 7 user. Then there are those touch devices of all sorts of sizes – Windows 10 works for them, too! It will adapt to make the interface as intuitive and easy to use, regardless if it is with a mouse and keyboard, stylus or fingers.

You are probably wondering if your apps will still work? The move from Windows XP was not the easiest and many of our customers needed help to get their applications to work correctly. Any application (to the best of our knowledge) that works on Windows 7/8, will work on Windows 10. (Unless an app was shimmed to work on Windows 7, it will need to be shimmed again to work on Windows 10.).

What about the upgrade process? Is it too complicated and will take too long? The days of deploying a big, fat image are just about over. Windows 10 can upgrade Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 in-place with all of your applications, data and settings migrating and appearing just as they did before. In fact, the upgrade can take as little as 15 minutes with some older machines taking up to an hour. And, if you don’t like it or something goes wrong, then go right back to the old operating system. It’s just that simple.

Windows 10 has the best support for the latest hardware (well, since 2009) and it has the best security (far more secure than Windows 7 out of the box). It doesn’t have any extra hardware requirements from Windows 7 and it does run the same, if not better than Windows 7 on the same hardware. The upgrade is quick and just about risk-free, not to mention it is free. So, what’s stopping you?

Interested to learn more about Microsoft’s latest rollout? Check out these articles in BizTech Magazine or more posts from the CDW Solutions Blog for more information.