Windows 10

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.

Pupil Engagement

In Class Accessibility

With Learning Tools as an add on, students can personalize their own learning to make it accessible for them and avoid any perceived stigma. From simply changing the colour of the sheet you're viewing to enhanced syllabification of reading back text, many features make learning as accessible as possible. This becomes one resources for an entire class of students - with them taking ownership of the differentiation.

Single Sign On

Forgotten passwords are a thing of the past! With one password you can access everything you need for that lesson or extended period of time. One password doesn't always mean it's less secure, either. Windows 10 is the safest Windows ever with new and improved tools for data protection, student identity, and log-in.

Virtual Desktops

Not only does this improve the speed and capacity of a machine, but it also protects students' data. Teachers are notorious for running many applications and tabs at once, and it becomes easy for them to accidentally share student records on a screen. With virtual desktops, you can have your 'teacher admin' mode, and a 'teacher class' mode to protect that data and keep your machine running quickly.

Ink Tools

Studies indicate that diagramming before solving a science problem can improve scores by 25-36%. Utilize the enhanced inking capabilities with OneNote, and you've got a digital notebook that can easily be marked, shared, and learned from. 

Collaboration

As Windows runs on a huge range of devices, using the safe cloud environment, students (and teachers) can work on a document from anywhere in the world. You can have homework assignments completed on mobile phones or tablet devices using Office 365 capabilities.

Multi-Age Flexibility

An all in one platform that is intuitive for students and teachers alike, providing a clear technology pathway throughout the school years. Apply different styles and form factors according to the age and level of your students.

Security

Windows Hello
Windows Defender
Device Guard
Credential Guard
BitLocker Drive Encryption
Windows Information Protection
Just Enough Administration & Just in Time
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
Shielded Virtual Machines
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Advanced Data Governance
Office 365 eDiscovery Search
Customer Lockbox
ATP in Exchange Online
Threat Intelligence
Advanced Security Mangement
Office 365 Audit Logs

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.

 

Device Compatibility

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. 

Support

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.

And more...

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.

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