As you may have heard, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 end of life (EOL) means Microsoft is no longer required to put out security patches or support the operating system (OS).
While Microsoft will be offering Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023, this is only a temporary solution and comes at a premium — $50 to $200 per device. And ESU does not offer Help Desk support or regular bug fixes and patches.
With 100-plus million users on Windows 7, organizations who want to keep their machines protected have two main options:
- Migrate to Windows 10, which was released on July 29, 2015 OR
- Follow the growing trend of enterprise users making the switch to Mac
To help you make the most beneficial and economical decision ahead of the imminent Windows 7 EOL, we put together an e-book that lays out the facts of each option.
If you’d like more information prior to downloading, please read on for a preview of what the e-book entails.
Windows 10 and macOS cost
Some Windows organizations may immediately turn towards Windows 10. Prior to doing so, be aware that the free option to upgrade to Windows 10 is no longer available. Windows 10 Home is available for $139, but the Windows 10 Pro version, which is what organizations require, is $199.
Windows users are typically slow to adopt to the latest OS. The fact that 100-plus million users are still on Windows 7 — a nearly decade old OS — is case in point.
On the other side of the coin, macOS is always free and the most recent version quickly becomes the most popular. And this is not surprising as Apple operating systems ship like clockwork, always include new and better features, and are easy for users to update on their own or with the help of a mobile device management solution.
Plus, since running the most current operating system is inherently more secure, Apple has put forth an OS schedule that benefits users, IT and organizations.
Users thrive when given a hardware choice
Aside from the consistent, secure experience macOS offers as a Windows 7 replacement, the truth for organizations designating hardware is that users increasingly want choice, and their choice is Mac.
A recent survey found that 72 percent of employees will choose a Mac over a PC if given the chance. And this should not be lost on employers, as this same survey cited:
- 77 percent of employees will choose to work at a company or stay at their existing company if given a choice in work technology
- 68 percent of employees are more productive on their device of choice
- 37 percent are more creative
Simply by offering Mac as an option, organizations can hire and retain top talent, and empower that talent to do their best work.
More insight to help you make the best choice
While I could go on about what you’ll find in the e-book, it’s better if you simply check it out yourself. As a teaser, here are a few other topics we cover:
- Support for Windows 10 today and beyond
- Native security features of macOS
- Marrying Windows software on Mac hardware
- Total cost of ownership: Mac versus PC
- IT considerations when migrating from Windows to Mac