​Your slice of the Windows 10 birthday cake

Windows 10 is celebrating its first birthday.

Source: HannahWebb (Flickr)

Source: HannahWebb (Flickr)

Mark 29 July on your calendars – Windows 10 is celebrating its first birthday.

For the occasion, Microsoft announced a raft of new updates for the operating system as part of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update – including an expansion of Windows Hello to increase security, improvements to Cortana, and enhancements to Skype. There’s even new emojis coming…

If you’re yet to make the jump to Windows 10, now might be the time to do so. And encouragingly, the migration to a new operating system does not need to be the costly, complex, and lengthy business process it once was.

By following just four simple steps your business can rapidly reap the rewards of a Windows 10 upgrade.

1: Ensure device compatibility

Whether Windows 10 will run seamlessly on the range of devices used within your business needs to be considered before any upgrade. For instance, moving to Windows 10 on a laptop not designed to support it or unable to offer the computing power required will result in more challenges than benefits.

As such, speak with experts about how a robust operating system update will impact your existing corporate devices and agree on next steps based on these discussions, such as using desktop virtualisation to deliver Windows 10 to non-supported devices.

2: Test your applications in the new operating system before going live

The most challenging part of any operating system upgrade is ensuring the business applications used will be supported and compatible in the new environment. It’s an issue complicated given we now access these applications across a range devices, from laptops and desktops to tablets and smartphones.

Application migration software helps businesses overcome this challenge by automatically testing how each application will perform in different operating systems before undertaking the installation, as well as repairing those that might prevent the migration from happening all together. This approach can reduce the cost of upgrades by as much as 90 per cent as you’re able to easily and quickly identify the changes your software needs before migrating. Additionally, it simplifies the rollout so you’re realising all benefits from day zero.

3: Virtualise data-rich applications

One of the key features of Windows 10 is users are able to work seamlessly across devices. The unfortunate reality however, is data and media rich applications are not always designed with mobile in mind which can result in clunky and slow user experiences – the exact opposite of what they are meant to deliver.

Virtualisation technologies – where an online portal is used to access the application – can solve this problem. As the application is not directly saved to the phone or tablet, it does not require the same level of computing power to run – meaning resources can be assigned to delivering a smooth user experience boosting productivity, employee satisfaction, and helping to reduce computing costs. This approach can also be used to deliver any applications that are not compatible with Windows 10.

4: Back-up your systems

Now you have the path to migration in place, the final step is to back up all data – it’s best practice for any type of migration or upgrade. Some files and archives might not be accessible on the new operating system, so have contingency plans in place. This may also be an opportune time to move to a cloud based data platform like OneDrive or Sharefile to enable secure access to data from anywhere.

With Windows 10’s first birthday celebrations shaping up to be a great occasion for business, act today to make sure you don’t miss out.

Safi Obeidullah is Director, Sales Engineering ANZ, Citrix

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