Why Windows 10 Won't Wait
With Microsoft announcing loss of support for legacy Windows and Windows Servers, it's now more important than ever that you look to upgrade to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 - supporting you in becoming digitally GDPR compliant
Microsoft designed Office and Office 365 with industry-leading security measures and privacy policies to safeguard your data in the cloud, including the categories of personal data identified by the GDPR. Office and Office 365 can help you on your journey to reducing risks and achieving compliance with the GDPR using: industry leading encryption, anti-malware technologies, and identity and access solutions that enable you to move from passwords to more secure forms of authentication.
With Windows 7 nearing end of life, your critical security updates are no longer guaranteed to work. Windows 10 gives you peace of mind that you're as secure as possible.
Ignoring the implications of digital data security and GDPR could have very costly implications...features of Windows 10 not only improve productivity but they also help you become compliant with the GDPR.
As your new devices are fitted with Intel 7th Gen Chipsets, you'll find that these devices are not fully compatible with Windows 7/8. This means that any new devices your school purchases will not sit well on legacy Windows systems (pre-Windows 10).
Whilst it is possible to purchase these devices and downgrade them, we would not recommend this option. Firstly, you would limit your school from accessing all the great user features of Windows 10. Secondly, the devices simply won't perform as well. And finally, most importantly, these devices would be less secure - more vulnerable than when they left the factory.
Moving to a Windows 10 environment gives you access to Microsoft's automatic fixes, updates, and online technical assistance. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, software, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
Here's a handy breakdown of when each legacy Windows version will reach end of support.
|Client operating systems||Latest update or service pack||End of mainstream support||End of extended support|
|Windows Vista||Service Pack 2||10th April 2012||11th April 2017|
|Windows 7*||Service Pack 1||13th January 2015||14th January 2020|
|Windows 8||Windows 8.1||9th January 2018||10th January 2023|
*Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on 9th April 2013.
There's so much more that Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Microsoft Office 2016/365 can do for your school. Different options, solutions, and services suit different environments - bespoke doesn't have to cost the earth, and Computer Talk are happy to provide a free consultation to explore the optimum solution for your school. We'll tailor our services to fit you.