It’s the most used operating system in the world, but the recent release of Windows 10 will mark the end of Windows as you know it.
We’ve previously discussed how Windows will be shifting to a more frequently updated operating system, similar to Apple’s iOS and OS X, rather than the traditional new releases that required a purchase to upgrade.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, and all future upgrades have been promised as free too. That means no more hefty prices to pay to get the latest features – great for your cashflow. And it ensures your business will have access to all the newest Microsoft technologies.
It’s the birth of Windows as a service.
Windows 10 is the latest release in Microsoft’s core operating system, following on from XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows 8 was so badly received, that Windows 9 has been skipped completely to help Microsoft distance itself and to catch up numerically with OS X. Of course, you could follow the official line that there’s no Windows 9 because “7 ate (8) 9.”
As well as the shift to frequent updates, Windows 10 focuses on multi-platform usability. It’s been designed to work across both mobile devices and desktop, subtly shifting design and options to provide the best user experience. And early indications show that it works well too.
Expect more programs and apps to work across multiple devices – even non-Windows platforms – which is another great benefit for business users allowing them to use the best software and features for their company, regardless of where they were developed.
This cross-device universal experience, with all apps available from a single Windows Store and working on both desktop and mobile, is a key focus for the future of the company.
The features of Windows 10 have already been well tested; Microsoft’s Insider Program let millions of users try out the new features and provide feedback to improve then. Again, that’s good news for your business.
New and improved features include:
Microsoft is encouraging all home users and small businesses to upgrade to Windows 10, given their special ‘free’ offer. The rollout is gradual, so you may not be able to install the new version just yet.
If you don’t like it, you can always rollback to your older version within 30 days. It’s also worth nothing that Windows 7 will be supported until 2020, but this free upgrade is only available for 12 months.
Big businesses might want to wait to ensure full support is available and any kinks have been ironed out. There are paid “pro” and “enterprise” versions available too, which offer security and management features for network admins and IT managers in larger companies.
Early reviews praise the flexibility of Windows 10. Unlike Windows 8, it won’t force you to work in a different way; there’s more choice about what fits your needs, your habits and your productivity method.
Are you ready to upgrade your operating systems and need more help and advice? Get in touch with our expert team today on 01844 293330 or simply fill in the form on the right.
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