Windows 10 Enterprise: Why companies should not rush in

BYOD control and data protection

The introduction of Microsofts Enterprise Data Protection model is a great positive for Windows 10 Enterprise, which has not been seen in previous versions of Windows. Giving companies greater protection over data can solve many of the BYOD issues that are faced in the current work environment of many businesses. Moreover, the separation of company and personal data on company devices is a very attractive feature for smaller to medium-sized businesses without the necessary BYOD policies already in place to protect company data. 

IT departments will now be able to define the boundaries of company networks and apply data protection policies to data sourced from those networks. This protection will then be able to follow data wherever it goes. This will allow company data extra protection, which previous versions of Windows did not offer. 

Security settings are also now able to be customised, allowing certain individuals to share company data with personal apps when needed. However, with the use of EDP and Air Watch, who opens certain data, where the data moves too and what is done with it is recorded for auditing purposes. Leaving no room for undetectable data leakages and the need for disaster recovery. 

For an operating system, these are great steps in the right direction and Microsoft has pulled much needed company services under one umbrella which will have many long-term financial and time benefits, creating an environment where growing data can be managed and protected more efficiently. However these services are not anything particularly new or innovative in the way of data security and has been involved in the management of data through servers for many years. 

What Windows 10 offers to those who already have such precautions in place is a platform from which server-type security settings can be achieved without a server, which seems rather redundant for business who already have the server infrastructure in place. 

The last major OS update

Microsoft has promised that for users upgrading to Windows 10, it will be the last major operating system update that they will have to undergo. Windows 10 has been termed as more than an operating system, with Microsoft affectionately describing its latest OS as a service. All upcoming operating system updates will be carried out automatically and incrementally over time by Microsoft, easing up the burden of upgrading on companies. 

Users today view their operating system as a part of their device and expect it to update and change during the life span of that device. Microsoft has always been one step behind other OS suppliers with its paid-for OS updates. 

While this is a great benefit in the long run for businesses, it does not put each at a great advantage just yet. Yes it should be noted that Microsoft has most definitely brought its offerings up to date with 2015, however, it has not brought anything particularly innovative to the market. At least nothing great enough to force businesses to upgrade sooner rather than later. 

Businesses should not rush into upgrading just yet. In its infancy stages, we expect Microsofts latest operating system offering to expand and bring more useful features into the market for businesses. However, for the time being it is business as usual.

Mike Hickson is manging director at LSA Systems.

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