By Bob Milliken
5 more things you should know about Windows 10
By the time you read this, Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system will have been released – this past Wednesday in fact. No grand fanfare this time (how many of us remember all the noise around Windows 95), but lots of interest. I am told that the launch will be accompanied by a global marketing campaign for an event that Microsoft hopes will be pivotal as they attempt to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. The good news is that Windows 10 has been designed to embrace the way people expect to use computers today by providing a seamless transition among these various platforms with the tools and features that address the reality of the marketplace.
Windows 10 is coming to PCs and tablets first, but it’s also designed to run phones, game consoles and even holographic headsets. It has lots of new features, and last week I talked about 5 of them and why you may or may not want to upgrade to the new OS. Here are 5 more;
1. Systems can be upgraded to Windows 10 directly from Windows 7. An upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 is possible but not from Windows 8.0.
2. MS Word capabilities are built into Outlook. Now it’s easier to add tables, insert pictures and more. Email is foundational to business productivity and I’m glad folks are looking to continuously improve it.
3. The Microsoft Windows Store is offering a web-based portal so organizations can acquire apps and then distribute them within their Windows 10 user base. It is even possible for a company to create their own private section within the Windows Store, making public and private apps easier to find so users can customize devices as directed by IT.
4. Windows 10 offers a built-in way to separate running applications into multiple desktop views. You could have one for email, another for productivity software and yet another for web browsers.
5. And finally, for added security Windows 10 is adding a feature called Windows Hello, which incorporates multifactor authentication (ex: biometric data) into the login process.
By now we all know that the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users (except for those with Windows Enterprise Edition) for one up to year after the launch date (July 29th, 2016). And to make things easier, you can upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update if your OS is up-to-date. To ensure that the process goes smoothly Microsoft plans to deliver the upgrade in waves. You can find details on how to upgrade here: http://bit.ly/1eNCySl .
These are 5 more compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. However, smart business owners will want to be sure that all of their application systems work in the Windows 10 world before proceeding with the upgrade. If you are unsure about your Windows 10 status, give us a call and we will help you build your Windows 10 upgrade plan
Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group. Connect with Bob at TheITguy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com, or give us a call – 604.270.1730. Your comments are appreciated – ComputerCents@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com