Technology is a constantly beating drum of innovation. If you don’t believe me, just look in your pocket. Ten years ago, the smartphone was just starting to become a part of mainstream life with just 31% of Americans owning the cutting-edge tech in 2011; today, more than 80% of Americans own a smartphone of some kind. Despite some laggards, most of us are on the bandwagon speeding toward the next big thing.
So, why aren’t we taking the same approach with our restaurants? If you haven’t heard by now, time is quickly running out for restaurants to make the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Microsoft has already stopped supporting the desktop version of Windows 7, and will only keep providing crucial and necessary patches and updates for the Pro Embedded and POS Ready version for a little while longer.
Failing to move your terminals to Windows 10 is about much more than simply having a slow terminal, and the risks of falling behind can quickly total more than the cost of upgrading alone. We’ve compiled some of the best reasons to consider switching to Windows 10 now before the Windows 7 POS Ready sunset date of October 12, 2021.
Windows 10 is Secure
Microsoft is ending Windows 7 support soon for every version of the popular OS, which means you’ll be leaving the door open for all sorts of problems to arise. What kind of problems, you ask? Malware, viruses and other security threats like hacks become a bigger risk, and those types of attacks can directly impact your bottom line.
Patches and other updates close vulnerabilities and other holes in the software, but if the operating system you’re using isn’t receiving those patches, you’re leaving a bunch of holes open that will increase your risk. Don’t think for a second that having a high-end anti-virus in place will cover up the problems, either. They might be a quick-fix, but you won’t be fully protected. By migrating to Windows 10 now, you’ll enjoy the benefits of ongoing security updates and patches that will keep your system safe.
PCI Compliance is Key
Failing to upgrade your operating system to the latest and greatest version doesn’t just open your business up to hackers and other malware; in fact, it can even make your operation PCI non-compliant. According to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council, all businesses that process cardholder data need to be on supported systems. If Windows 7 isn’t being supported, it isn’t compliant and you leave yourself open for major penalties and fines if a breach occurs.
Your POS Software Will Eventually Stop Working on Windows 7
If the security and PCI compliance issues weren’t enticing enough reasons to move to Windows 10, this might be the final nail in the coffin. Software is constantly updating and those updates keep happening no matter what operating system you’re running. Software updates are fine when you’re on the most recent operating system, but there’s a reason you can’t use the latest version of Chrome on your Windows XP machine – it wasn’t designed with that system in mind. Once Windows stops supporting Windows 7, developers and companies will eventually follow suit. That means at some point your POS terminal will eventually become a countertop museum piece.
Better Update Package Options
Unlike older versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 10 offers a different approach to updating that vastly speeds up the process and reduces downtime. Updates and changes are only made to the files and apps that need them, meaning you won’t be waiting around every time there is a new version available.
Windows 10 is Fast and Efficient
We all have that one piece of technology that we just can’t seem to get rid of no matter what. Whether it’s that first-generation iPod you lug around or your 10-pound laptop that doesn’t have WiFi, there’s one thing all old tech has in common – it’s slow. As the days trudge on, terminals and computers using Windows 7 will continue to lose a step on their faster, and simpler to use, successors. Windows 10 is faster and more reliable, meaning you’ll be able to get more done in the same amount of time.
Newer Terminals Rely on Windows 10 to Operate
There is nothing more infuriating than getting ready to update your old operating system to the newest package and finding out at the last minute that you don’t have the horsepower to install it. For reference, terminals produced prior to 2015 most likely were outfitted with Windows 7, but current terminals on the market today, including PAR’s EverServ® 600 Series, come loaded with Windows 10. If your terminals haven’t been refreshed in a long time, it might be worth considering a terminal upgrade as well and tackle two problems at once.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but keeping up with the latest technology is actually good for your bottom line. Running the current version of your operating system, no matter what platform you’re on, keeps you safe with ongoing updates, reduces the risk of cyberattacks, increases productivity, and allows you more options to better run your restaurant.
Need help figuring out what your next steps are? Our team can help you determine what solution works best for you. Contact us today to learn about PAR’s limited-time offer on our EverServ® 600 family of terminals, or to get the scoop about our new terminal coming to market soon!