The reviews are in, and it seems Microsoft is making a comeback with Windows 10. The Windows 8 update had confused (and angered) users because it appeared to make it harder to use the operating system. This time, however, Microsoft got it right.
They’ve listened to their customers and developed an operating system to meet both user and developer needs. And the very critics who ripped apart Windows 8 are now heralding Microsoft’s achievements.
What are some of the features they’re liking?
Desktop and Mobile Friendly
Windows 10 marries the desktop capabilities of Window 7 with the touch features of Windows 8. It doesn't favor one environment over the other. Instead, it transitions between touchscreen and mouse-oriented devices with ease. Also, the word is developers can now create apps that work across multiple platforms — desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox One — without a lot of extra coding.
The Start Menu Is Back!
Those of you who wonder why the start button disappeared (probably most of you), will be glad to know it’s back and more robust than ever before. Click on the start button, and on the far left of your screen you’ll see your most used applications. On the right of this, there are a series of tiles that include apps and widgets. Hint: you can drag those you use most to the top to increase your efficiency. And, if you need to find a program you use less frequently, just type it in the search bar. Also, the start menu gives quick access to your device’s settings and the ability to restart, shut down, or put your computer to sleep.
Your Virtual Assistant: Cortana
Cortana, the virtual assistant, is there to help you. You can ask her anything you like. She’ll respond to some of your questions immediately…like what the weather is in your hometown or Donald Trump’s age. For others, she’ll take you to the web for an answer. You can type in your questions, or you can even set Cortana to listen to you. Ask her the time and you’ll hear her respond. Request that she remind you to get up and stretch every 30 minutes and she will.
And, of course, just like a real life assistant. The more you ask Cortana to help you, the more she learns about you, and the better job she’ll do. So put Cortana to work. It may seem odd to start with, but you might learn to like her.
Edge Has the Edge
The new browser, Edge, was designed from the ground up. It’s simple to use, and allegedly faster than Chrome.
If you click on the newly debuting Task View button, you’ll get a visual of all the apps you have open. Then, if you want to move one or more of them out of the forefront, you can drag them to the new desktop button. The Task View button keeps your tasks in view and ready for use, but not in the way of your current work.
Should Businesses Upgrade?
With all these new features and more, it begs the question: should you upgrade? Yes, probably. Here’s what you need to consider:
Cost considerations: Assuming your device is compatible with Windows 10, and you’re running a genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8, or 8.1, the full version of Windows 10 is FREE until July 29, 2016. (The full Windows 10 upgrade FAQ is available here.) So you’ll probably want to upgrade before the offer ends.
Interoperability: You’ll need to understand how Windows 10 is going to work in your organization with your systems, applications, etc., and have a plan for its implementation. Check with your IT department.
We often recommend waiting until Microsoft has issued their first service pack update, so you know initial issues have been fixed. However, in this case, Microsoft has tested Windows 10 with 5 million Windows Insiders, which means it’s likely to work pretty smoothly out of the starting gate. (Our experience with upgrading is it’s been a very smooth process.)
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