Many schools are considering moving to Windows 10, but unsure of the benefits to education. RM Education discuss the top 10 benefits of starting your transition.
Across 2017 and early 2018, we’ve spoken to a number of customers around a wide range of topics and one of the recurring themes has been transitioning to Windows 10. It’s often been met with nervousness, as well as a few unfounded myths that have made remaining Windows 7 seem the better option.
There are a wide range of reasons that your school should consider moving to Windows 10 sooner rather than later:
1. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever.
Windows 10 has a host of in-built security features that your school can benefit from today, simply by upgrading old devices onto Windows 10. Naturally these benefits multiply when used with new devices taking advantage of the latest hardware innovations from the likes of HP and Intel.
By way of quantifying this claim, below is a table detailing the features of Windows 10 that ensured users were far better protected against the WannaCry attack last year.
2. Windows 10 is a future-proof Operating System.
As the last major client Operating System to be released by Microsoft, all new developments (including security developments) will likely only be developed for Windows 10. In addition older technologies are being retired at an increasing rate.
3. The latest and greatest devices run Windows 10
In a similar vein to the latest software updates being created for Windows 10, the newest, best performing devices in an ever mobile range of form factors are only being created for Windows 10.
4. Faster boot up and log-on times
Alongside better hardware, utilising UE-V profiles rather than roaming profiles means students and teachers only load the applications that they need, creating slimmer profiles that load substantially faster, saving valuable time at the start of lessons.
5. Easier to manage with InTune for Education
InTune for Education brings the ability to manage and build devices with ease, saving time and allowing network managers to focus on larger projects. InTune also allows users to decide when to download feature updates and even allows you to postpone or skip versions.
6. Active Hours & Windows Updates
Active Hours combines with InTune to allow schools to choose when updates are sent to the devices, ensuring you can choose a time when lessons won’t be disrupted by important security and functionality updates.
7. Much improved desktop experience
Microsoft have spent a lot of time developing Windows 10 for education as well as making the desktop experience easier for teachers to work on. Set up multiple desktops so that you can have emails and other sensitive information open, but hidden from the class, or search for files, websites and apps easily with the new search bar.
Microsoft Edge has also had a lot of development focus and brings with it the ability to select reading view, taking away distractions on the webpage allowing students and teachers to focus on the text. On top of this, reading view gives students the ability to change text background and font sizes to break the page up and make it easier to read, especially useful for SEN and dyslexic students. OneNote also syncs perfectly with Edge allowing you to make notes online and save them to your OneNote to view later.
8. Vastly improved Office collaboration
This was touched upon in the previous point around OneNote and Edge syncing together; the ability to share notes across OneNote and Microsoft Classroom and viewing files on-demand allows students and teachers to collaborate quickly, wherever they are. With cloud storage the need for larger storage in devices is less meaning you can get faster, lower capacity SSDs to further boost the devices and teaching experience.
9. High device and application compatibility
The key message here is that the vast majority of older devices can be upgraded to Windows 10 today as the specification requirements are very similar. Microsoft have made Windows 7 to 10 the easiest transition by far utilising a wide range of data from previous roll-outs to ensure simplicity in moving older devices to Windows 10.
10. It’s free!
On top of the educational and technical benefits discussed, transitioning to Windows 10 is free with your OVS licence, so should be high on your priority list, even if it’s simply upgrading older devices for now.
11. End of manufacturer hardware support after summer 2018
Okay, so I may have lied with the 10 reasons. As a final (crucial) point, after summer 2018 Windows 7 compatible devices will no longer be readily available with some products already entering their end of life cycle. Planning for Windows 10 now will ensure that next time you need to refresh new devices, you can do so in a Windows 10 estate which is more secure, easier to manage and faster.
If you’d like to view the whole webinar recording which gives more detail around the points raised here, then please visit our website, or email us with any questions.