Is the latest Windows the Perfect 10?

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
April 20, 2016

Windows 10 has been available for just under a year now, and one major update was already released in November 2015. Now that it has been around for a while, does it make sense for your business to upgrade? Let’s look at some of the best features of Windows 10, as well as the cons.

Pros

  1. It’s free. There’s not much more information needed here. There is no cost to upgrade your system until July 29, 2016. At that point, you will have to purchase a new license or upgrade license to get Windows 10.
  2. Increased Security. Windows 10 provides beefed up security to its users in the form of Active Directory (which eliminates the need for extra passwords when moving between devices); Windows Hello, offering biometric authentication; Passport, which offers two-step authentication; and Device Guard to improve defenses against advanced persistent threats.
  3. It’s not Windows 8. Windows 10 fixes many of the issues made in Windows 8. Users complained loud and long about Windows 8 and 8.1, which took away the start button, and forced users to deal with live tiles, whether they wanted them or not. Live tiles may have worked for touch screen tablet devices, but not necessarily for desktops or older laptops. Windows 10 brings back the Start button, which makes users happy, thereby making them more productive.
  4. Internet Explorer is gone. Windows 10 features Edge, the new alternative to Internet Explorer, which boasts a better search feature. Cortana, a virtual personal assistant to rival Apple’s Siri, comes to the desktop for the first time in Windows 10.

Cons

  1. Cost. While the upgrade is free, there are still financial issues to consider when upgrading, especially for a corporation. There are costs involved with application migration, upgraded hardware that could be necessary to accommodate the advanced software, and staff training to learn the new features of Windows 10.
  2. Compatibility issues. Other applications that a company may be using may not be compatible with Windows 10, which can cause problems with lost or corrupted data. Any applications that are Internet Explorer based will become problematic when the change to Edge takes place.
  3. Not enough changes. Besides enhanced security, there may not be enough changes between Windows 10 and Windows 7 to make the change worthwhile for many companies, especially those who are cash-strapped.

If you want to find out more about Windows 10 or need help deciding if you should switch, contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

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