By Varinderjit Singh

Most of us are familiar with the inconvenience that comes with having to restart our devices to install new system updates.

Even so, the long-term benefit is worth the short-term impact. Getting updates on time, no matter how annoying, can achieve significantly improved user experience and save businesses millions in reduced risks.

That’s why having access to the latest updates is vital. With Microsoft rolling out Windows 7 end of life phase on January 14, 2020, there will no longer be any updates released to improve on user experience, and more importantly, no more security updates to computers running outdated operating systems. A move to Windows 10 is, therefore, a crucial part of maintaining security.

What exactly can users and businesses gain from the Windows 10 update?

A More Secure Experience for All  

From YouTube videos to emails, most of us access personal content on our work devices from time to time. In the Asia Pacific, Cisco estimates that the average person will own more than three connected devices by 2022. Hence, a modern employee struggling to juggle between different devices can sometimes blur the lines that once used to separate work and play.

While this appears to be a harmless behavior, it might have some repercussions on the security front. It is much easier to sneak in malware through phishing scams targeting your personal account, given that it may not have the same security controls as your corporate one.

According to a Cyber Security Malaysia report released in March 2019, ransomware was one of the six dominant cyber threats received and handled by MyCERT in 2018. Cybercriminals are quick to find vulnerabilities in new operating systems and continue to do so for the lifetime of the devices they run on. As such, software companies are regularly releasing updates to counter malware and other security threats. With Windows 7 users not receiving further security updates in due time, devices running on the outdated operating system will be at risk against new strands of cyber threats.

The latest security patches are not the only benefits that Windows 10 has to offer. The new system also comes with Windows Defender Security Centre which offers focused security protocols around applications, credentials and specific file access—a handy upgrade for users and businesses looking for robust security offerings to protect their assets.

Advancing Future of Work Through Connectivity and Accessibility

These upgraded security features are generally accompanied by improved usability, additional features and enhanced user experience. This is a crucial aspect for businesses to consider as 68% of employees expect high to the very high impact of technology at workplace, according to a survey conducted by Workday.

With the increasing use of personal devices for work today, businesses have to ensure that employees are still able to access enterprise resources without too many roadblocks on these devices. This is a point that is well recognized by Windows 10, evident from the features present in the operating system.

Windows 10 is designed to provide users with a seamless experience across multiple devices, building on the user interface of Windows 7 to ensure familiarity and smooth transition to the new operating system. Furthermore, Windows 10 boosts productivity by allowing mobile workers on Android and iOS to pick up a piece of work when switching devices, and to smoothly “Continue on PC,” thus eliminating the tedium of working on a device running a mobile operating system.

Another feature that users and businesses can benefit from is the Cortana app. With natural language processing capabilities, the Cortana app enables employees, especially those with disabilities, to better navigate their devices and produce work with more ease. This is an essential feature for businesses looking to implement technology solutions that empower a diverse and inclusive workforce and drives greater innovation within the business.

Furthermore, with Microsoft shifting to a Windows-as-a-Service model, Windows 10 is expected to be the last full operating system released. Moving forward, Microsoft will be rolling out regular updates to ensure that all devices running on Windows 10 will always have the latest updates, including securing against the fast-evolving threat landscape.

Varinderjit Singh is General Manager of Lenovo Malaysia.

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