Windows 10 is the latest in a long line of Windows operating systems, but is it right for you?
Although the emphasis on touchscreen for Windows 8 was off-putting to many businesses, Windows 10 works optimally on touchscreen, PC, tablet and laptop solutions, making that leap from your old operating system to this one, less stressful, especially for the employees and people within the IT department paid to support them. Below are 6 top reasons why you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 for your business.
1. Compatible with All Devices
Windows 10 runs on virtually everything, from high-end workstations to budget smartphones, which means your staff receives a consistent user interface and is able to access the same applications, irrespective of what device they may have at hand. For those companies that plan to use their own applications, using Windows 10 means they can share code across various devices, such as laptops, phones, PCs and tablets, with only a minimal amount of work to tailor the user interface to that particular device.
2. Windows 8 is Officially Dead
Microsoft no longer provides support for Windows 8, which means there will be no additional security patches, updates and bug fixes for it in the foreseeable future. This means, if you choose not to upgrade, you could leave your business vulnerable to security breaches and threats from malicious files.
For those businesses that are still using Windows 8, upgrading to Windows 10 will mean, full support, and access to the latest security patches and bug fixes.
3. The Start Menu
Although, Microsoft included the Start button in Windows 8.1, it still sent you to the same Start screen. Now, with Windows 10, users have access to the Start Menu, which provides the end user with quicker access to those applications they use the most, as well as Live Tiles, a feature introduced on Windows 8, which provides you with key snippets of information from emails unread, forthcoming appointments etc. With the integration of the search feature into the Taskbar, it’s now even easier for you to find what you’re looking for, whether it is an email, program or file.
4. Improved Battery Management
Windows 10 is much kinder on your laptop and tablet batteries, especially for those employees that spend a great deal of time out of office. When the battery life drops below 20 per cent, the operating system will now enter Battery Saver mode, this mode will limit background activity in order to increase battery life. Alternatively, the end user can turn on Battery Saver mode manually, which they can access from the Action Center, the same area they can also access Flight Mode from which automatically turns off the wireless radio while on an aircraft.
If you never made that vital transition from Windows 8 to 8.1, then you missed out on one of the best features of these later operating systems, which are the faster startup times. Various comparison videos show that Windows 8.1 starts up a lot faster than OS X, which is significant, especially when you consider how fast the Mac boots up. When you compare it to Windows 7, Windows 10 leaves the older operating systems in the dirt. Another speed increase comes from the latest DirectX 12, made for games, allowing for much better graphics and much smoother gaming performance.
6. Secure Boot
Secure Boot was first introduced with Windows 8 and later enhanced on Windows 10; with Secure Boot it effectively eliminates one of the biggest threats to the security of your business. Secure Boot makes sure that all boot software has been digitally signed and authorised to run on your computer. This makes it impossible for certain kinds of virus attacks to take place, most notably the rootkit viruses, which work by hiding themselves within the operating system, collecting key information from your computer, such as credit card details, passwords and user logins.