Thursday 22 August 2019

Top 10 reasons to consider upgrading your laptop

Is your computer slowing you down so much that you’d be faster handwriting your documents?

Are you spending money on security and spyware packages but still not confident that your business data is as secure as possible and can cope with modern security threats? Is your computer over-loaded with spreadsheets, presentations and documents?  Well if you’re having issues that are making you less efficient but you’re not ready to replace your hardware, then it could be time to consider an upgrade. Here are the top 10 reasons to upgrade your computer:

1.  Confidence is Key

Confidence is key to doing business effectively and it is essential that the technology you are using is tailored properly to your business needs. Many companies only think about the software (the operating system) that runs their computer when they’re buying a new one, but an upgrade may be just what your business needs.  With technology almost changing as fast as the speed of light, the operating system that was in place when your computer was purchased may be in need of an update.  Newer versions usually offer better security and improved speeds.

2.  Upgrade Your Memory

One of the quickest, most efficient and cost-effective ways to boost the performance of your computer is to add more computer memory (RAM) or storage, especially if you don’t want to have to purchase a new device.  Many new computers come with just the bare minimum of memory installed.  Our data usage and storage requirements are exploding and this accentuates the need for more memory to allow you to multi-task. 

3. Why Should You Go Pro?

Many of us opt for cheaper versions of software when purchasing expensive hardware, however, the professional versions are specifically designed to meet the needs of businesses with robust features that don’t come with the consumer versions. These unique features enable teams to function at a higher level and work more collaboratively, more productively and more securely. They’re generally just as simple to use and can sustain a larger workload, particularly good for businesses that create large reports or files all the time.

4.  Corporate-Level Security No Matter What Size

Even if your company is small, it still deserves cutting-edge corporate-level security.  If you’re thinking about upgrading, go for the most secure operating system that you can find. For example, Windows 10 Pro comes with built in defences to protect from current and future threats. You should also think about what could happen if you accidentally leave your device behind or it’s stolen? Can your operating system protect you while you are not there? Windows 10 Pro has BitLocker pre-installed so you’ll never have to worry about data being leaked again. Choosing an operating system that has fingerprint or facial recognition can also protect your data. With Windows Hello, you are the password!

5.  Get Powerful With Best-in-Class Management Tools

Dealing with the day-to-day management of technology can be distracting and time consuming. Look for an operating system that eliminates that hassle with a set of tools designed to reduce the time and energy spent managing IT.  If you need to multi-task look for a system that allows users to carry out many tasks at once. In Windows 10 Pro, you can see two different screens at the same time by using Snap Assist. Look for simple, single sign-on to your business network, giving you easier access to shared data and devices.

6.  Access Your Desktop from Anywhere

Most workplaces are now mobile, so choosing an operating system with a Remote Desktop feature will let your whole team - including, crucially, the IT department - access desktops from virtually anywhere.  So not only can users access their desktop from anywhere the business takes them, but IT can make fixes and changes in real time, no matter where the machine might be.

7.  Protection Against Modern Security Threats

The security landscape has evolved dramatically over the last ten years and companies need the defences to adapt with it.  When choosing what’s best suited to your business, the key is to ensure the best protection of your business information, customer data, employee identities and ultimately –  your reputation.  The right system will offer you peace of mind by encrypting data, preventing accidental information leaks by employees and putting everything on lockdown if a device is lost or stolen.  Different operating systems provide different levels of security, many built-in, and with cyber-crime on the rise, this is an important feature to look into.  

8.  You Can Fully Exploit the Cloud

Ten years ago, your  IT team might have managed a server in the data closet. Now, however, this is not the case. You can now fully exploit the modern, cloud-based world. Businesses can have files, settings and apps sync and update across all devices using an operating system like Windows 10 Pro.  It’s a completely new way of working.

9.  Give Yourself Mobility and Flexibility

If your professional focus is mobility and flexibility, it might be time to upgrade so that you can work how you want, where you want, without compromise. Work offline and sync automatically when you’re back online.  And choose from multiple ways to get things done, including voice, touch, pen and keyboard.

10.  New Features That You’ll Love

When upgrading software, you can expect to get some new features that you have not had before. For example, If you need a higher speed browser to get things done more quickly, Microsoft Edge – a brand new internet browser – comes with Windows 10. This is the most productive browser ever.  A new ‘Reading View’ option offers users the chance to simply click once to allow all of the other distractions on the page to disappear.

So, before you throw the towel at your computer, think about whether you can upgrade it.  With some new memory and a new operating system, your computer can be given a new lease of life and provide you with the peace of mind you need to run your business.

Windows 10 is designed to be the safest, most secure Windows operating system ever.  Find out more here.

Sponsored by: Microsoft

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