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4 steps to check application compatibility with Windows 10

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Are you worried about the migration process? Do you have concerns about software and hardware compatibility as you make the move to Windows 10?

If you are an IT administrator, you need to make plans to upgrade to Windows 10 before support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020. Otherwise, your organization could fail to meet compliance and regulatory requirements by running an unsupported operating system (OS). 

The decision to migrate to Windows 10 is not a simple one. An upgrade often requires new hardware, software upgrades, updates to documentation, changes to the base image and many other efforts. Your business might also feel the cost impact of any necessary licensing fees, in addition to a potential drop in productivity during the downtime. End-users must adapt to the new user interface, and some familiar, legacy applications might perform differently in Windows 10.

In fact, one of the biggest challenges of a Windows 10 migration is legacy application support. Here are 4 key steps to characterize legacy application performance with Windows 10:

  1. Inventory the different applications
  2. Assess their compatibility
  3. Use native Microsoft tools
  4. Test the applications in a Windows 10 environment

We understand that the transition to Windows 10 can be confusing, forcing everyone involved to change certain procedures and habits. IT professionals must manage the transition period by making sure all applications are compatible with the new OS. Busy scientists want to have uninterrupted access to the software tools they use for their daily analyses. Most importantly, they want to make sure that the data acquisition software powering the mass spectrometry systems continues to run smoothly, without interruption.

The good news is that we are here for you. There is no reason to delay your Windows 10 adoption. We can help ease the upgrade process.

Many of you rely on SCIEX software designed for the Windows 7 operating system (or an even earlier version). Since these software solutions were developed before the release of Windows 10, they are not compatible with the newer Microsoft OS. To address this issue, we have released compatible software upgrades, for the entire software portfolio, that are designed to run on Windows 10.

IT professionals might consider updating hardware to match the processing power of Windows 10. The move to the latest Microsoft OS can be an excellent first step toward modernizing the workstation in your laboratory. The SCIEX Alpha Workstation 2020 has just launched. It is fully configured and tested for compatibility with the latest SCIEX software.

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