Due for an upgrade?
In an effort to make this content more interactive, please turn on some sad music while you read the next three sentences:
In January 2020, support for Windows 7 came to an end, and, in October 2020, so will support for Office 2010. These products have had a good run, but, like the steam engines and VHS tapes which preceded them, new technology has improved upon their core functions.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who shed a tear putting my VCR in the garbage or donating it to a preschool with a vigorous STEM curriculum, but the technology I replaced it with was both far superior and, after a few moments of use, a very welcome change.
Now change the song to something hopeful and refreshing...
This is what Microsoft 365 Business Premium can do for you:
- Windows 10 has been built from the ground up with security in mind. This operating system has been hardened against malware and cyberterrorism, and it is powered by the AI of the Intelligent Security Graph.
- The Windows 10 experience is also purposefully built to give your users an experience that’s designed for the modern workplace—rather than the one first introduced to the world by the cast of “Friends” back in 1995.
- Moving to Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business) is easy because it includes the upgrade from Windows 7 Pro and 8.1 Pro, and, because this is subscription based, you'll always have the most current version of Office moving forward.
- Once you have Microsoft 365 Business Premium, you can use Windows Autopilot to automatically configure the way you want to set up Windows 10 on every new PC you buy. This saves lots of IT hassles, and it gets new users up and running in a fraction of the time. You can learn more here.
To be clear, Microsoft 365 Business Premium doesn’t require you to upgrade to Windows 10 —in the same way you can order the 38-scoop “Deep Freeze Face Xplosion” ice cream sundae but just eat the sprinkles. If you do stick with an older version of Windows, you’ll get all the benefits mentioned on this site except for modern Windows management and some cybersecurity features of Microsoft Defender.
But c’mon—don’t just eat the sprinkles.
Things you may be wondering about:
Is the license for Windows 10 included in the price of Microsoft 365 Business Premium?
No, just the rights to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro or 8.1 Pro to Windows 10. Not the full Windows license.
What if I don’t want to use the simplified UI?
Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes the ability to use full administration centers if needed.