An operating system is responsible for managing the computer software, as well as the key component of some application programs such as Microsoft Word and Adobe to function properly.
Microsoft Windows, Android, and iOS are just some of the modern operating systems that most people use. Furthermore, an OS is a pre-requisite requirement of most applications (or apps for a mobile device) that need to be upgraded now and then.
There are three compelling reasons that companies distribute upgraded computing products:
Companies are always on the lookout for better security products to prevent their database from being compromised. So, if needed, companies don’t waste time and upgrade their operating system for added security from hackers or malware.
There is a large volume of readily available exploit kits, software tools, and software that make it easy to develop further malware for old operating systems such as XP and Vista. Upgraded operating systems are encouraged and should be bought by companies for security purposes.
With how fast our technology changes, companies must be able to cope with having the latest operating system. This ensures the company is reliable and meets the demand of their customers’ needs.
Companies invest in upgraded versions of OS to help accelerate their consumers’ businesses.
This is why upgrading your operating system is ubiquitous, especially, now that most of the technology companies release products like it’s a thing to do. Additionally, keeping up with the updates has become a confusing conundrum for most users, since not everyone is bothered with the upgrade until it’s really necessary and time to do so.
But, the question is: when is the best time to upgrade your OS? These are the three (3) reasons to know it’s time to upgrade your OS:
1. When the manufacturer no longer supports your OS.
One critical value of acquiring an operating system is their exceptional technical support. For example, if the operating system crashes or one of the apps doesn’t work, you can easily ask for help to fix it as well. An example of which, was when Microsoft stopped offering technical assistance for XP including updates that help protect your PC.
Hackers and malware developers have a great understanding of Windows XP with over 12 years of finding and exploiting holes in the OS. Therefore, when the OS is no longer supported, your computer is vulnerable to viruses and malware, among others.
2. When most apps and software are not compatible with OS.
MySQL, iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word are just some of the frequently used applications that should be compatible with your current OS. These apps and system software might not work anymore if the operating system you’re using is already outdated.
For example, if you’re still using XP or Vista, you may still use these but you’d have limited access. In short, your work will be compromised. Ideally, these apps should be compatible with the operating system, so you could use it in full context.
3. When your computer is running slow and keeps freezing up.
Often, if the operating system is outdated, there’s a tendency for the computer to slow down or freeze up. Thus, technicians always ask what OS you’re using. They either uninstall it or reinstall a newer version. Usually, upgrading your OS fixes the issue.
Ideally, as technology changes, the consumers must be able to cope with the transition as well. However, some companies are reluctant to do so, because of the cost or the complicated migration process.
If you want a smooth migration process, transcosmos has a variety of customized services that can help guide your company to migrate to a new OS with ease and efficiency.