Yesterday, Microsoft announced Windows 10 upgrade license savings will end July 29th. The big push toward Windows 10 adoption has resulted in hundreds of millions of installations, and signals the start of reduced support for older operating systems.
Here at Terminal, we recommend all organizations with Windows desktops take advantage of this short window to save $199 per device. Contact us right away to schedule an upgrade while Microsoft's offer is still available. Our staff will provide you with an estimate of the time and labor costs required to complete the migration.
What happens if you miss the upgrade window?
Your computers can be updated to Windows 10 at any time. However, after July 29th, your organization will also have to pay Microsoft's license upgrade fee of $199 per device.
While older systems will continue to run fine, eventually Microsoft will stop providing patches and security updates. Windows 7 and 8.1 updates will continue for a while. However, desktops with Intel's Skylake CPUs, available last fall, will only receive security updates through July 2017 - just over a year away.
Here are other good reasons for considering the Windows 10 upgrade:
Windows 10 Speed Enhancements
- Fast startup feature significantly increases boot time.
- Less disk space and RAM usage improves operating system performance.
- Return of the popular Start Menu provides quicker access to programs and files.
Windows 10 Security Enhancements
- Continue receiving security patches after older operating systems are no longer supported.
- Avoid malware by blocking unsigned, untrused apps.
- Browse with Edge, a web browser more secure than Internet Explorer.
Upgrading Your Systems
Since the offer will last for only a couple more months, now is the time to schedule an appointment with Terminal. Remember, after the deadline, upgrades will cost $199 per PC, so acting now could save your organization a considerable amount of money.
Terminal's migration process of your systems will begin with a pre-update checklist:
- Reviewing that devices are supported by Windows 10, using Upgrade Assistant
- Confirming supported application software and device drivers exist for all printers and peripherals
- Verifying system backups before migration
The actual migration to Windows 10 is performed using Microsoft's deployment toolkit, which preserves the user's data, settings, applications, and drivers. Both automatic and manual rollbacks are possible if problems occur. Terminal schedules upgrades to minimize downtime for your organization.
Customers subscibing to MSPLUS+, Terminal's managed services plan, will have their Windows 10 devices included in 24/7 monitoring to ensure the lastest patches, security updates, and anti-virus definitions are always running.
Please contact us or call soon take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade license offer. Terminal's staff is available to provide a quote for the work and answer any questions you have about Windows 10 migrations.