Windows 10 is here and if you missed the boat on the free upgrade, you might want to consider shelling out for the update, says a Dell executive.

Raza Haider, photo courtesy Dell.

Raza Haider, photo courtesy Dell.

Raza Haider, executive director of Latitude and OptiPlex products for Dell, spoke with us about the advantages for a business in updating to the new Windows system. For his company, the upgrade has gone well.

“We (at Dell) are actually super bullish on Windows 10 … the early adoption ran significantly faster than we’d expected in certain segments,” said Haider.

Here’s his case for taking the plunge and upgrading:

It’s easier for small IT teams: “From an agility and efficiency standpoint it is a much lighter load on a business main team … It’s a one-time change, but then there are many frequent smaller updates versus waiting every four years and doing a massive OS transition.”

It’s more innovation-friendly: “I’m already seeing a lot of excitement around smaller companies that traditionally would have preferred to do something on an Android or some other system actually saying ‘Hey, guess what? If we want to build a conferencing solution, or we want to build a collaboration solution, we can actually now start with the huge install base in Windows and actually try to build one (for Windows)’ versus (building for) android and then it doesn’t work in the environment.”

It adapts to security needs: “The security updates are now not linked to an OS change, they can actual be done on the fly and the major updates can be done as quickly as Microsoft finds them out. It’s become much more proactive and predicative versus re-updating in blocks”

It’s important to update soon: “I kind of think you’re going to miss the boat on app innovation and compatibility as support for old Windows goes away there are chances that certain apps that rely to run your business on will no longer work or be updated in the way you expected them to work. So you want to make those investments now so that your apps get modernized.”