Written by Rob Young, Group Managing Director – 2nd June 2016
So, last month we wrote about upgrading to Windows 10 before the free upgrade expires and you have to pay for the privilege.
However, more importantly… why should you consider the upgrade in the first place? What are the added benefits of upgrading to the latest version of this all singing and dancing business software?
Many users of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 are reluctant to make the switch as they see no reason to. We explore some of the key benefits Windows 10 offers that may tempt you to give it a try.
1: Most importantly…. If you don’t like Windows 10 you can easily revert back
Before 29 July 2016 it makes sense to download Windows 10 just to see if you like it before you have to pay to upgrade after that date. And in case you weren’t already aware, you can easily revert back to your previous version of Windows providing you haven’t deleted ‘thewindows.old’ folder in which the previous version lives. That should put your mind at rest if you are one of those still sitting on the fence.
2: Super efficient multi-tasking
Whilst multi-tasking has always been high priority on Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows 10 offers the option to display multiple desktops just like you can on OSX. You can now easily switch between desktops by just pressing Windows+Ctrl and the left and right keys. We really like this new feature…
3: OneDrive syncronisation
Windows 10 features automatic OneDrive synchronisation, allowing you to back up sensitive or important files away from your computer without needing to worry about it. It’s also handy that Dropbox also comes as standard as a native app – which is really useful.
4: The return of the Start menu
If you’re a Windows 8.1 user you’ll be missing out on the new sleeker start menu that Windows 10 offers. Bringing back a similar menu to that of Windows 7, Windows 10’s menu is super easy to navigate and includes a useful Uninstall link directly on the Start menu, promoting efficient housekeeping of both desktop and Modern apps.
5: Unleash the power of Cortana
We’ve saved the best until last… Not used Cortana before? There really is no better time to try it as Cortana’s capabilities are ever evolving and it’s proving to be a very useful tool. The built-in apps showcase what’s possible: for example if you instruct Cortana to email a colleague, the Mail app should pop up with the address field pre-populated for that person. Now that really is super efficiency…
There are lots more benefits in upgrading to Windows 10 and as Microsoft Gold partners we know all there is to know about it.
If you are considering upgrading but unsure whether your current system setup is compatible please call us, we’ll be happy to share some tips or discuss our complete migration service if you are considering upgrading your whole business over to Windows 10 at once.