If IT security isn’t a concern, it should be. All the time. Not only are hackers after your passwords and bank account details, they’re looking to hack smaller businesses to use them as backdoors into the larger businesses that are their victims’ customers.

With that in mind, a move to Windows 10 might be a good idea, whether your existing machines are upgraded or new hardware is purchased and preloaded with the operating system. New hardware will have the added benefit of the grunt to make the most of the new OS.

Of course, deciding whether or not an operating system is secure is a big ask, especially if you don’t have a giant IT department to audit it. That’s why Microsoft’s contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) is a big deal. Terry Halvorsen, CIO for the DoD, specifically referenced cybersecurity as a motivation for the rapid deployment of Windows 10 across the department. If the DoD is willing to invest in Windows 10 for four million defense employees for security reasons, there’s a good chance it would be an excellent move for your organization as well.

For additional security, Windows 10 can be enabled for face, iris, or fingerprint verification.

Security is just one advantage of Windows 10. Productivity is the other.

Change is inevitable

The new Windows Universal app platform will be, well, universal. Universal Apps via the Windows 10 Apps store allow for running the same apps on any Windows 10 device—desktop, tablet, or phone. In many cases, these apps run the same code on each device, making transitions easy with data stored in OneDrive, which allows for picking up where you left off from one device to the other.

Therefore, the WinRT API, which drives Universal Apps, will be the platform of choice for Windows developers.

Smart assistance

Windows 10 comes with Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, which will only become smarter the more users choose to say, “Hey, Cortana,” to initiate commands, searches, and conversations.

Better browsing

The Edge browser replaces Internet Explorer. It’s fresh and fast in contrast to its bloated predecessor.

Security and productivity are paramount in all organizations today. Both have significant impacts on the bottom line. When considering the cost of upgrading to Windows 10, it’s important to make sure those two considerations are reflected on the ledger when it comes to the final dollar figure.

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