Is it time to upgrade to Windows 10?
5th July 2016
With the Windows 10 Anniversary update due for release on 2nd August, PC Comms decide to revisit Windows 10. We ask the question: “Should I upgrade?”
Released on 29th July 2015, Windows 10 has been well received. As of May 2016, it is estimated that Windows 10 has been installed on 350 million devices. That’s around 17.4% of the global computer market in 12 months – surpassing every other operating system in existence, bar Windows 7.*
Windows 10 is a marked improvement over its clunky predecessor – Windows 8, bringing back the well-loved Start Menu – along with some 21st century improvements.
Windows 10 is crammed full of new features to boost business security and productivity. Here’s a quick overview of the improvements and features we’re excited about:
Security is paramount in Windows 10. Features such as Windows Hello (facial recognition) eliminate the need for passwords, and with the anniversary update, Windows Defender will work in conjunction with your existing antivirus product – providing a second layer of defence against malicious threats.
The improved Windows update mechanism means you’ll always have the latest security updates installed. Updates will be pulled from other computers on your network – saving you precious internet bandwidth!
Windows 10 is noticeably faster, starting up nearly a third faster than Windows 7 using the same hardware!
We’re also starting to love the new Edge internet browser – the replacement to Internet Explorer. Edge is not only a faster, more modern browser that allows you to do clever things like share and annotate web pages, the anniversary update improves power efficiency – giving you more battery life from your laptop, and at last bringing you support for popular browser extensions such as Adblock and Lastpass.
Companies not benefiting from using multi-monitor setups will love the improved snap assist functionality. Snap assist allows you to easily snap up-to four applications on screen. This improves business productivity by allowing you to work on several projects at once (if ever there was an excuse for you to buy an ultra-wide 4k monitor, this is it!)
Virtual desktops is a new feature to Windows 10, allowing you to “virtually” have multiple monitors. We believe people who are constantly switching between open applications will find this a very useful feature.
Virtual Desktops: Improving Business Productivity
There’s a whole host of other productivity features we love such as Cortana – a more intelligent version of Siri, a whole host of digital handwriting improvements for tablet computers, and the new action centre – gathers all of your notifications in one place.
Wait… I’ve heard Windows 10 is free?
The easiest route to getting Windows 10 is to buy a new computer with it preinstalled. However, anyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Enterprise editions – sorry folks) can upgrade their existing computer to Windows 10 for free. – as long as they do so before July 29th 2016.
The ultimate business productivity tool, with detachable keyboard, and stunning performance. – Microsoft Surface Pro 4– preloaded with Windows 10.
Can I keep using my existing version of Windows indefinitely?
Not indefinitely. You should keep in mind that the clock is ticking for older versions of Windows.
Just like Windows Vista & Windows XP before it, soon enough, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will no longer be supported. Microsoft will not fix security flaws found after the cut-off date, leaving businesses still running older operating systems at risk.
Should I upgrade?
Yes, for security & productivity reasons it is a sensible decision. However, whilst the large majority of software & hardware are compatible, you may find some software will need an update, or hardware requires a newer device driver (or doesn’t work at all!).
We’re very confident that you’re only likely to see issues with a very small number of applications and hardware accessories. Before you push the upgrade button, we recommend contacting us for advice. And of course, most important of all, always perform a backup first!.
Windows 10 brings back the much loved Start Menu – ditching the unpopular Windows 8 Start Screen (you’re still able to turn the Start Screen on if you prefer). With its enhanced security, productivity features such as Virtual Desktops, and personal assistant Cortana – we think Windows 10’s a winner.
Get help upgrading
PC Comms will help you decide if upgrading some, or all of your computer fleet is a viable option. We will take in to consideration, the age & health of your computer equipment, compatibility with your existing software and hardware, and also discuss the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10 has to your business.
If you are thinking of upgrading then Get in touch soon! We are more than happy to advise on your Windows 10 upgrade plans.