On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft officially terminated its support for Windows 7 and the Embedded Handheld 6.5. In other words, devices running on unsupported Windows operating systems may no longer be secure or efficient. Since 2018, the term, “OS Migration” has been on the forefront of most modernization strategies, with Android as the leading OS of choice. According to Zebra’s latest Warehousing Vision Study, 43% of surveyed decision-makers expect improved staff efficiency when migrating to Android. However, despite the push, there are still millions of users relying on the out-of-date operating system for several reasons such as:
- Familiar interface is convenient for current employees.
- Concerns that crucial legacy software and mainframes will not run on updated mobile OS.
- Concerns that migrating devices may require expensive hardware upgrades.
- Fears that Android may not be secure.
From Windows to Android “Don’t get stuck with a Betamax”
Last year’s Future of Network & Endpoint Security Survey conducted by IT researchers at Spiceworks noted that 25% of companies intend to only migrate after Microsoft’s termination, yet with the continuous rise in cyberthreats, this option may not be viable. 2019 saw a 56% increase in web attacks, and with Extended Windows updates costing $25 per device, maintaining Windows security across a large device pool is simply too expensive and dangerous. Therefore, despite upfront costs, migrating to Android still stands as the most cost-effective option as it alleviates major concerns with productivity and has benefits that outweigh Windows’ familiarity.
A few additional Android benefits include:
- Zebra’s fortified Android OS resolves security concerns with government-grade encryption and 90-day security patches ensured by LifeGuard.
- User-friendly interface facilitates adoption and onboarding – As of 2019, Android already powers 2.5 billion active devices making it one of the most popular operating systems in the world. By resembling consumer-grade devices, Android ushers in onboarding efficiency with touchscreen set-up and app usage.
- Equipped with Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx), Android is fortified to accommodate business applications while converting crucial green-screen apps with All-Touch Terminal Emulation.
- As a Zebra Premier Solutions Provider, ISG eliminates extraneous costs with the GO Zebra Trade-In Program, which allows warehouses to trade in outdated devices from any manufacturer for cash back rebates towards their upgraded device.
As a full-circle Mobile Managed Services provider, ISG Technologies is equipped with the necessary expertise in developing a simple, safe, and cost-effective modernization strategy. To see how a new operating system can maximize your operations, speak to our modernization specialists today.