When Microsoft stopped supporting its aging Windows 7 operating system (OS) in January 2020, the more recent Windows 10 started to gain real traction. However, even before that – by January 2019 to be precise – Windows 10 had achieved a near 40% share of the market and a place on an estimated 700 million devices around the world, including many businesses here in London. The fact is that Windows 10 is not only a chance for everyone who missed out on the advanced features of Windows 8 and 8.1 to catch up, but it also gives you the opportunity to benefit from tangible advances in the operational areas that really matter, from speed, security and interface ease to compatibility and software tools. So in this article we’re going to take a closer look at the many reasons you should upgrade to Windows 10.
Upgrade to Windows 10 and take advantage of those advances
OK, if you buy a new PC, it will come with Windows 10. But, even if you want to update your older laptops from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the newer OS has now seen several feature updates since its initial release in 2015; improvements which were free and will continue to be so. Without further ado then, here are no less than 15 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10:
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Windows 10 is fast
The guys in the know – the IT company and IT services guys – reckon the speed of the start up in Windows 10 is the best thing to hit Windows OS. We’re talking faster than even a MacBook running macOS. Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it’ll leave the older OS eating dust
The Start Menu is back
Microsoft has heeded industry appeals – those IT company and IT services guys again – for the return of the Start Menu. What’s more, they’ve given it tile-based functionality so that the OS remains touch-enabled and provides you with tiles that come in various sizes. Thus you can match your tile size to the importance of the app.
Call out to Cortana
With Windows 10 you can talk to your technology and ask your laptop to undertake certain tasks hands-free and just with your voice, much as you would do with a smart speaker or Mac’s Siri.
It’s nice to not have to type and mouse-click just to open an app, web page, get info such as specific reminders or have Notebook keep track of your interests. Cortana can even control your smart home devices via your voice.
Apps in Windows 10 and more
Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and you’ll have an app store for the first time, which lets you quickly and easily find the software you need for every kind of task – without drawing on the expertise of your IT company or IT services team.
The apps then integrate with the system by offering notifications in Action Center and built-in sharing. This feature can be useful for non-business activities such as shopping for games, movies and music. Windows 10 also comes with slicker and more powerful productivity and media apps, from photos and videos to maps, mail and calendar.
As almost every screen in your life these days has a touch screen, from your smartphone to your car’s GPS navigation system, it makes sense that your laptop should have the same. Windows 10 offers this facility and it can prove a very fast, simple and convenient way of working once you’re used to it.
The Action Center
Again, your smartphone pops up notifications for messages, mail, updates and even breaking news, weather warnings and birthday reminders, so why shouldn’t your PC? With Windows 10, it does. And if you’re busy and don’t want to be hassled by notifications in mid-thought or sentence, the Focus Assist feature turns them off for a while.
A boot up the browser
Microsoft Edge is a worthy successor to the OS’s default browser, Internet Explorer, and it brings improved compatibility, speed and helpful new capabilities like webpage markup and reading mode.
Improved security in an unsafe online world
Windows 10 inherits the Secure Boot feature from Windows 8 and makes it even more secure. What’s more, the newer operating system delivers three other security features – Device Guard, Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello – while more recent updates have provided both ransomware and exploit/threat protection.
Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 and Timeline
Windows 10 includes the capability to switch between virtual desktops (a feature Mac users have enjoyed for ages) and it’s easy to use. In addition, the task switching view also reveals Timeline, which shows your browsing and app activities to get you easily back to where you started from – and who doesn’t need that kind of help from time to time?
Screen capture made simple
You can now easily select an area for screen capture with Windows 10, whether that’s a bespoke rectangular shape using the cross-hairs icon, the full screen or current window. Snap the screenshot, do a bit of basic cropping and markup and you’re ready to save or share your hard work. No more need for third-party screenshot software.
Copy and paste gets clever
By using Clipboard History, you can now paste from multiple items you have recently copied or cut from and it works with both text and images. Furthermore, the clipboard is no longer limited to your PC but your copies can roam to other devices while items you regularly use can be stuck to the new clipboard feature.
OneDrive on-demand syncing
Everyone’s using Cloud storage these days and OneDrive lets you keep files in the Cloud so they don’t take up valuable space on your local storage. In addition, the Files On Demand option makes retrieving information easy as it looks and works like a regular folder on your desktop. For even greater flexibility, OneDrive files are accessible remotely, in a web browser or via Mac iOS and Android apps
Use OneDrive with Office apps and you can have the apps save continuously and make files available to any of your other devices, wherever you are. For greater peace of mind, a new Personal Vault adds extra security and encryption for sensitive data and information.
Get your smartphone working with Windows 10
New tie-ins with Android and iOS enable your smartphone to work in sync with your computer via Windows 10. So you can achieve everything from sending a webpage or document to your desktop from your phone and using the Edge mobile browser to sync your browsing to having the Cortana app share reminders among both platforms.
Forget what you know about dictation systems, simply press Windows Key-H (for ‘hear’) and your PC starts typing what you say—no complicated setup needed.
Fast file sharing
Like Apple’s AirDrop, the Windows Nearby Sharing feature lets you send a photo or document directly using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi — no internet connection required – from, say, a laptop to a nearby desktop. The capability is not yet supported on mobile but we hope it will be soon.
Let us upgrade your business from Windows 7 to Windows 10
If you’re a small to medium-sized business owner here in London, the prospect of upgrading your computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can seem daunting. No one can force you to so, of course, but it’s a really good idea because – as we said at the beginning of this article – Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 in January 2020.
Although your Windows 7 computers should keep working, Microsoft will no longer provide any security updates or fixes or technical support for the operating system. This puts your technology, cybersecurity and business at great risk.
So why not call London’s go to IT support provider for a confidential, no-obligation discussion about upgrading to Windows 10?
As a leading Microsoft certified partner, we’ve flawlessly managed numerous upgrades, implementations and migrations since our formation in 2008 and in that time our highly experienced and expert team have earned two Feefo Gold Trusted Service Awards, Five Star ratings from both Trustpilot and Google and 98% client retention rate. All of which means you can choose us with complete confidence and total peace of mind.