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 Windows 10 had achieved a near 40% share of the market. More precisely, by January 2019 it was estimated that Windows 10 was present on 700 million devices around the world. This included many businesses updating their devices here in London.
The fact is that Windows 10 is the ideal opportunity for everyone who missed out on the advanced features of Windows 8 and 8.1 to catch up. But more importantly it gives you the opportunity to benefit from advances in the operational areas which truly matter. From speed, security and interface ease to compatibility and software tools, Windows 10 offers better functionality.
So, in this article we’re going to take a closer look at why you should upgrade to Windows 10.
Upgrade to Windows 10 and take advantage of those improvements
If you buy a new PC now it will come with Windows 10. But if you don’t have the budget for new laptops, it is worth updating your old ones. The newer OS has now seen several feature updates since its initial release in 2015; these improvements were free and will continue to be so. So without further ado, here are no less than 15 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10:
Windows 10 is fast
All the experts 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. In comparison to old OS start-ups taking sometimes a minute, Windows 10 can boot up your laptop in seconds. 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 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. This way you can match your tile size to the importance of the app.
Call out to Cortana
With Windows 10 you can now talk to your technology. With Cortana you can ask your laptop to undertake certain tasks hands-free and just with your voice. This is a similar feature to a smart speaker or Mac’s Siri.
Sometimes 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. This feature is the most convenient for finding software you need for work quickly and easily. An app store allows you to discover helpful tools without drawing on the expertise of your IT company or IT services team.
The apps also integrate with the system by offering notifications in Action Center and built-in sharing. This is most 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, there are many new facilities available to you.
Almost every screen in your life these days has a touch screen, from your smartphone to your car’s GPS navigation system. Therefore, 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 during business hours, 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. 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. Meanwhile, its recent updates provide both ransomware and exploit/threat protection.
Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 and Timeline
Windows 10 includes the capability to switch between virtual desktops. it’s easy to use. Mac users have enjoyed this feature for ages, citing it as easy to use. In addition, the task switching view also reveals Timeline. This feature shows your browsing and app activities to help you get back to where you started from. Who doesn’t need that kind of help from time to time?
Screen capture made simple
With Windows 10 you can now easily select an area for screen capture. You can do this by using the crosshairs icon to create a bespoke rectangular shape, or simply screenshot 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, as your copies can now roam to other devices. Regularly used items can also be stuck to the new clipboard feature for ease.
OneDrive on-demand syncing
Everyone’s using Cloud storage these days, which is where Onedrive creates convenience. It allows you to 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 easier than ever. What’s more, it looks and functions like a regular folder on your desktop. For even greater flexibility, OneDrive files are accessible remotely, through a web browser or via Mac iOS and Android apps.
Use OneDrive with Office apps and you can have the apps save continuously as well as 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
Upgrading to Windows 10 includes new tie-ins with Android and iOS to enable your smartphone to work in sync with your computer. You can then communicate between your smartphone and laptop however you need. This ranges from sending important files, 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, with no extra setup needed. Why waste time typing out big chunks of text when you know what you want to say?
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 is required from, say, a laptop to a nearby desktop. The capability is also supported on mobile, so you can now share between your android and laptop.
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, but it’s the optimal move as we’ve mentioned 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 much greater 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, our highly experienced and expert team have earned two Feefo Gold Trusted Service Awards, Five Star ratings from both Trustpilot and Google and a 98% client retention rate. So, choose our leading IT services and you can boost your business’ operating system and guarantee total peace of mind.