"Should my business upgrade to Windows 10 sooner rather than later?" That is the question many business owners have been asking since Microsoft released its latest in the long line of operating systems on July 29th, 2015. Increasing the pressure to migrate for many businesses will be the knowledge that support for Windsows 7 will end on Jan 14th 2020. Here we take a look at some of the key issues that are worth considering to help you make the decision that is best for your business. We examine the return of the start menu, improved security features, high compatibily and some useful features found in the OS. Contact us at Packetworks if you are looking for further OS advice.
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A Good Friend Is Back
Windows 10 is much more user friendly than the disaster that was Windows 8. Most users, many of whom were left floundering in Windows 8, will be delighted to rediscover that the missing "Start Menu" is back. This item, which was a key feature of all Windows operating systems from Windows 95 until Windows 8, and is familiar to most PC users,anchors the desktop once again. The system, like Windows 7, is intuitive, and also operates Android devices where it will function responsively to the touch screen, much like in Windows 8. The lack of a start button, and the widely different desktop appearance was intimidating, and was a key factor in preventing many businesses from making the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8 as they anticipated high retraining costs.
Improved Security Features
Microsoft believes "Windows 10 will help your company protect against modern cyber-attacks, deliver experiences your employees will love, and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps your company up to date withthe latest technology." Read Microsoft's announcement pertaining to security for more information.
Security features include Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello, both of which will allow users to log in to their devices without the use of passwords. There is also Credential Guard which allows companies to more securely protect their identities, and your sensitive data will be further protected by automatic data encryption.
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Windows 10 offers high compatibility with existing apps, and the migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 should be far less complex for most businesses than was the switch from Windows XP to Windows 7. Windows 10 will also allow developers to create apps that are useable on Windows 10, Windows 10 mobile and X-Box. This compatibility also means that businesses will be able to manage their devices using one operating system.
Many businesses and organizations that work with CAD or graphics-intensive programs will find the DirectX 12 application programming interface is going to be a potentially great asset. This feature is exclusivelly found on Windows 10 and is reportedly up to 50% faster than DirectX 11.
Cortana, the “virtual assistant” which functions somewhat like Siri and Google Now is found in the bottom left corner of the toolbar and provides some useful features. Users believe that Cortana "beats Apple and Google to the punch". This friendly assistant can help with searches, scheduling, reminders, and a lot more.
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