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On 29thJuly 2015, Microsoft officially launched Windows 10, the latest version of the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, successor to the ill-fated Windows 8.

Eagerly anticipated and enthusiastically received, according to Microsoft, by the start of 2016 there were 200 million active customers running it worldwide. This is an unprecedented rate of uptake for any OS, exceeding that of Windows 7, and putting Microsoft well on its goal path of one billion Windows 10 devices over the next two to three years.

While consumers led the charge to Windows 10, many enterprise customers were also clearly won over. A Spiceworks survey of IT professionals revealed that Windows 10 penetration was already at 11% just 10 weeks after launch, while some three-quarters of IT execs polled in a separate report expected to deploy the software over the next two years.

By 12th November Terry Myerson, Head of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, felt confident enough to declare that: “We have reached the point in the platform’s maturity where we can confidently recommend Windows 10 deployment to whole organisations.”

With Windows 10, Microsoft seem to have got it right, a pleasing result for Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, who had previously declared: “Windows 10 is a huge milestone for us as a company, and quite frankly the industry.”

In the context of such a positive launch, making an immediate switch to Windows 10 may seem like the obvious decision, but for any organisation, even a relatively small one, upgrading PCs is a major undertaking, one that requires not only a great deal of planning, but also financial investment. And for CIOs of cash- strapped companies, mindful of tight budgets, the case may not be clear cut.

So should you be heading for the promised land of Windows10 right now … or should you wait? That remains the big question.

In this White Paper, we assess the benefits of migration to Windows 10, and examine whether there’s enough in the box to sweeten the pain.

Greater usability

With the computing environment such a major determinant of employee engagement, productivity and happiness, Windows 10 got the thumbs-up from many of its early adopters for being much more user-friendly, right from the start.

An expanded start-up menu reminiscent of classic Windows 7, now with the flat, bold styling of Windows 8 taking over from 3D-looking icons and round-edged, transparent windows, gives Windows 10 a more modern feel. There are fewer, more customisable windows, better search capabilities and improved file management, all helping to create the feel of a more effective PC, designed for use both by keyboard and mouse.