Eight Reasons to Upgrade Now to 6th Gen Intel® Core™ for Business and Windows® 10

Latest generation devices bring familiarity, increased productivity and lower overheads.




Microsoft Windows® 10 and Intel's 6th Gen Core for Business look set to ignite the enterprise IT market.  The advantages of upgrading to Windows 10 are such that analyst firm Gartner predicts 50 percent of enterprises will have started deployments by January 2017. So what are the features that will attract the enterprise to upgrade their end user computing devices?

The launch of 6th Gen Windows 10 devices bring enhancements in the areas of performance, flexibility, security and return on investment. Computer manufacturers are also offering the biggest selection of form factors ever with the market set to be inundated with tablets, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, small-form-factor PCs and traditional desktops. 

Eight Reasons to Upgrade:

 

1. Increased Productivity

Five year old PCs can take up to four minutes to boot up, resulting in approximately 17 hours of lost productivity per employee/per year. Multiply this by thousands of employees and the cost to a business becomes significant. Windows 10 devices aim to eliminate this pain point with sub-20 second start-up and 0.5 second resume times, whilst also providing 2.5x the performance of five year old devices.

 

2. Reducing total cost of ownership

When compared to a five-year-old equivalent, the latest 6th Gen devices are 35 percent cheaper. Interestingly, 2-in-1 form factors are proving advantageous for businesses to deploy. Over a three year period a business can save $1000 per user with a flexible 2-in-1 running an Intel vPro processor instead of issuing a separate tablet and laptop. While the initial purchase price of a 2-in-1 may be more than two separate devices, in the long run, money is saved because the cost of support plans, software, security and management tools is halved.

6th Gen devices form an integral part of a wider Intel workplace transformation strategy which has seen the company reduce costs from $240 per employee per square foot to $150 per employee per square foot.

3. Security Enhancements

There are plenty of security benefits offered when IT admins upgrade company devices to Windows 10. This ranges from enhanced malware protection provided by Trusted Boot* and Device Guard* to tighter enterprise data protection thanks the ability to set tighter policy controls.

 

4.  Perceptual Computing for facial recognition

Another security feature is provided with the inclusion of Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera (F200) technology in selected 6th Gen devices. These provide end-users with the ability to log into devices and apps using facial recognition and iris scans. The technology is also set to drive the field of perceptual computing with everything from retail changing room mirrors to coffee machines set to provide gesture-based interactions.

5. A return to what we know and love

Microsoft* tested beta versions of Windows 10 with millions of consumers and also seeded the operating system with enterprise customers. The firm took plenty of user feedback on board when creating Windows 10. From an interface perspective, business users were keen to see the operating system bring the focus back to the traditional desktop and that’s exactly what happened when Windows 10 launched in mid-2015. The latest version retains the look and feel of the popular Windows® 7 system, while combining the performance and enhanced security features of Windows® 8.1.

 

6. It's back by popular demand – the Start button

The biggest design change was the return of the iconic Start Button to the desktop interface. Other significant alterations included the Office productivity suite being revamped, allowing users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in a more intuitive way on touchscreen devices. A unique feature known as Continuum was also debuted; this reconfigures the interface of a device depending on whether a keyboard and mouse are attached, thus optimising it for user input.

7. Universal apps

One of biggest enterprise advantages of Windows 10 is the fact it’s built on a universal code-base. This allows businesses to develop an app once and then deploy it across all compatible devices from smartphones and tablets through to desktops. This cuts down on development costs as multiple versions of the same application do not need to be created.

Virgin Atlantic* has deployed a universal app known as Ida using Windows 10. This is designed to give customers a virtual tour of all the services offered by the airline. It runs across everything from tablets through to the 3D headset Oculus Rift* and has helped the company improve its customer experience and even the sales team generate potential sales leads.

IT admins will also be pleased to hear that Microsoft will launch a Windows Store for Business, so they will have the ability to deploy apps directly to their workforce and set approved app lists.

8. Benefits for SMBs

So far, numerous firms have deployed Windows 10 devices successfully and US laundry firm Wash Club* was one of the early adopters, reporting significant benefits. By deploying Surface Pro devices with Windows 10, the SMB managed to increase efficiency, streamline back office functions and improve customer interactions. “I use DocuSign for customer preference cards, employee hiring forms, tax forms, and payroll,” explained Harrison Anderson, General Manager at the Wash Club. “Using DocuSign on Windows 10 really allows us to stay competitive by saving us the time that we’d spend otherwise dealing with paperwork. It allows us to keep up in a fast-paced city.”

Thanks to the note-taking functionality of Surface Pros, customers no longer fill out paper forms when setting up business accounts. They were provided with the Surface Pen and their details are automatically digitised. The inclusion of One Drive has also been good news for the company, allowing work to be accessed remotely. “I now use OneDrive for everything. It gives me the same experience across different devices, and it’s smoothly integrated with the Windows 10 operating system,” Anderson added.

 

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