Brad Anderson, CVP, Microsoft 365
At the outset of 2019, we all have personal goals, but most of us also have professional goals for the year ahead. For those of us in IT, this is a time to think about how you deliver the modern, empowering workplace for your business in a cloud-connected world.
With Windows 7 end of support coming in one year – January 14, 2020 – and Office 2010 close behind, there’s an opportunity right now to be proactive about what’s next. Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable, and there’s never been a better time to start putting in motion the things you need to do to shift your organization to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365. As you think about this upgrade, this is a time to consider how your approach can set you up for the future to deliver an incredible experience for your users that is empowering and secure.
How, exactly, can you do this?
First, it goes without saying that consumers and enterprises change at different speeds. Because of this, we got an early start helping IT Pros prepare, whether you’re a small/midsize business or a large enterprise. In the past, IT management has been tedious, manual, and time-consuming, but shifting to a modern desktop with Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus is a streamlined process that brings with it the most productive and most secure computing experience driven through cloud intelligence.
This shift is already well underway in thousands of organizations around the world. In fact, more than half of all commercial monthly active devices are already on Windows 10. You can see the results in companies and organizations such as the City of Corona, in California.
As you get started, here are the top three resources you can use to make the shift to a modern desktop.
1. Build confidence in application compatibility with Desktop App Assure
We’ve heard loud and clear that one of the most important considerations for shifting to a modern desktop is application compatibility, and we’ve done a massive amount of work to ensure that Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus are now the most compatible upgrades ever. To work around any unforeseen barriers to upgrading, we created the Desktop App Assure program, to be a part of this better-than-ever compatibility so that you can have confidence when you upgrade. So far, out of 41,000 applications within their estates, customers have come to us to evaluate 7,000 applications for potential compatibility concerns. However, when the Desktop App Assure team dug into it, they found that only 49 apps required assistance. That’s a 197% difference between perception and reality.
2. Be a hero to your end users with Office 365 ProPlus
The world is changing in dramatic ways driven by higher levels of mobility and technology access. In their personal lives, users are exposed to the latest apps that make them more productive, and they want the same in their work lives. Office 365 ProPlus, a fundamental component of the Modern Desktop, gives your users just that, enabling users to collaborate in real time, across their devices anywhere they are, and use AI-powered features like Designer in PowerPoint that help create beautiful presentations in minutes or the new placeholders in Word that help users stay in the flow while writing.
3. Improve your security and reduce complexity with co-management
This shift to the modern desktop is an extension of what many organizations are already doing today – and there are many ways to get started. For example, you can cloud-connect many of the tools and processes you’re already familiar with, like Configuration Manager and Active Directory.
Connecting your infrastructure to the cloud not only reduces the complexity, but also gives you the power of Microsoft’s cloud-driven intelligence that you can apply to countless aspects of your job, such as productivity, security, and management. By enabling co-management with just four clicks, you can unlock even more features that help you to manage your devices even better, such as conditional access.
We are 100% committed to helping you make the shift to a modern desktop because we believe it is legitimately the most secure, productive and cost-effective solution.
If you need more step-by-step guidance on how to get started, just check out our Modern Desktop Deployment Center to see recommended steps, tools, and guidance for your shift to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. I think you’ll be really excited to see all the ways that you can leverage your existing tools and processes, while adopting modern management approaches along the way.
Let’s make the shift together. We are here for you every step of the way.