In the remainder of 2017, a huge number of companies will be abandoning old Microsoft operating systems for its newer OS, Windows 10. IT professionals who are prepared to manage and support Windows 10 will find opportunity amid the challenges of this mass exodus. Conversely, Information Technology specialists who neglect to prepare themselves for this situation may find it to be overwhelming. IT pros can rest assured that getting up to speed with the implementation and management of Windows 10 doesn’t need to be a stressful or costly process.

Why the Sudden Thaw Towards Windows 10?  

In 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10. To the surprise of many, the vast majority of North American companies avoided upgrading to the new OS, despite the fact that it had more capabilities than Windows 7. In fact, less than 1% of companies had migrated to Windows 10 as of May of 2016. Thankfully for Microsoft, this is changing. Gartner reported that by the end of 2017, a whopping 85% of companies will have made the switch from Windows 7 to the new OS.

If you are wondering why companies have suddenly embraced Windows 10, you aren’t alone. The answer is that the newer OS offers superior security, and that is a benefit businesses simply can’t pass up. Help Net Security staff reported,

“When asked what reasons are driving their migration to Windows 10, 49 percent of respondents said that security improvements were the main reason for the migration.”

This reasoning makes sense when you consider the current cybersecurity landscape and the vulnerability of technology in general. Companies are tired of being stolen from and destroyed by hackers, which is why they are making cybersecurity one of their primary concerns this year. This helps explain the thaw toward Windows 10, which is rich in security features.

Companies are Migrating to Windows 10 Quickly

Not only will most companies migrate to Windows 10 by the end of this year; they will do so quickly. A Gartner press release published near the end of 2015 quoted Steve Kleynhans: “(Windows 10) implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.” With this in mind, IT pros must invest time in learning to manage and support Windows 10 for the sake of their companies, as well as their value as employees and job candidates.

Register for a FREE Windows 10 TechClinic Today

IT pros interested in making themselves more valuable and competitive should invest in learning how to implement and manage Windows 10. Thankfully, investing does not always require money. Sometimes, a small amount of effort and a few hours are all an IT worker needs to invest in order to see significant payoff in skillset growth.

At Directions Training, we are offering a free Windows 10 TechClinic on June 29th, 2017. This training is designed specifically for professionals in the field of Information Technology who want to ready themselves for the massive migration to Windows 10 that is taking place. Those who participate in our free Windows 10 training will be able to…

  • List and explain the new features of Windows 10.
  • Understand those features that are available now and in what version.
  • Use and customize the new user interface in Windows 10.
  • Describe the preparations required for deploying and managing Windows 10.
  • Understand the Deployment Choices.
  • Understand the Management Options.
  • Understand the overall security features of Windows 10.
  • List the features of Device Guard.
  • Understand a methodology to deploy Device Guard.

Get more information about our free Windows 10 training here.

IT pros who are not prepared to help companies migrate to Windows 10 won’t be able to tackle the challenges and opportunities the remainder of 2017 will usher in. Windows 10 is the future of laptop, desktop, and tablet computing and will be implemented by most organizations by the time this year wraps up. The smartest thing Information Technology professionals can do is become familiar with this OS and ensure they understand how to manage it.