Windows 10 Compatibility for your Sage Software—
We first published this blog on June 29, 2015, in anticipation of the July 29 release of Windows 10. At that time, MicroAccounting clients began to inquire about whether or not to upgrade their machines. We advise Sage ERP users to read the frequently asked questions below before installing this new operating system.
UPDATE: On March 18, 2016, Sage announced Sage 100 2015 now supports Windows 10 for Sage 100 2015. Back in December of 2015, Sage also certified the compatibility of Windows 10 with Sage 100 2016,
Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
Only upgrade to Windows 10 if you have Sage 100 version 2016 or 2015.
Note that while Sage has approved the upgrade with Sage 100 2016 and Sage 100 2015, they have not yet tested all the products using this system software. We do not know how all of the versions of Sage 100, Sage 500, and Sage Fixed Assets work with Windows 10. We advise you to wait until Sage officially certifies Windows 10 with the specific version of Sage software that you use. In the meantime, please continue to use Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your devices.
Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 10 if my Sage ERP system is hosted?
Yes. You can upgrade to Windows 10 if your Sage ERP software is hosted.
One of the advantages of having your Sage software hosted is that it is run through Remote Desktop, which works with Windows 10.
What are the advantages of upgrading to Windows 10?
Here are a few features of Windows 10 that we like:
- Start Menu
The start menu from Windows 7 that many people miss has returned, but with the modern look of Windows 8. Functionally speaking, if you use Windows 8, you know how frustrating it can be to jump between your desktop screen and Metro tiles. In Windows 10, you’ll be able to see the broad picture at once!
- Microsoft Edge Internet Browser
The new Internet browser, Microsoft Edge is sleek and super-fast. It was built from scratch, without a hint of that old clunker Internet Explorer.
- Task View
It will be easier to switch between apps in Windows 10, thanks to Task View. It also enables working with multiple “virtual” desktops, which was formerly only available on Macs.
Why is Windows 10 FREE?
As you may have heard, Microsoft is offering a free download of this system software for users of Windows 7 Service Pak 1 and Windows 8.1.* It is available at no charge in an effort to give desktops, laptops, and mobile devices a standardized operating system. This will be one of the most important operating system releases ever, prompted by the plethora of issues encountered with Windows 8.
*Offer is good within one year of availability (per Microsoft).
Now that Windows 10 has been released, what should I do?
Stay tuned! MicroAccounting will keep updating this story with new information about compatibility with Windows 10 and Sage software. In the meantime, we are always here to answer your questions!
Other Windows-related stories:
Office 2016 Not Yet Compatible with Sage Software by Stuart Blumenthal, updated December 4, 2015
Microsoft found its mojo with Windows 10 by Stuart Blumenthal, October 26, 2015
Windows Server 2003 Security Support Ends July 14 by Stuart Blumenthal, February 26, 2015