Windows 10 – Is it Worth the Upgrade?

Windows-10It is upgrade season again.   Wednesday July 29th Microsoft will be releasing a free download of Windows 10 to all current Windows users. With the lackluster reception of Windows 8, it won’t be surprising to see more hesitant early adopters of the new system. However, there are several good reasons why business should embrace Windows 10 in the coming months.

1. Price Point

The good news is Microsoft’s offering of Windows 10 as a free upgrade for those who are willing to adopt the platform at its initial release. The not so good, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about pricing and unclear about whether the operating system will become a subscription service at a later date.  Also unspecified is whether or not the free upgrade will be available to both business and personal users, suggesting particulars on pricing won’t be available until shortly after launch.

2. Connectivity

One of the key aspects behind Windows 10 is connecting all Microsoft products via one cloud-based login. This means that users can access their documents, e-mail and desktops from any device running the Windows 10 OS. The cloud connectivity also brings with it an easier licensing process.  Rather than the clunky per-machine licensing, Microsoft has moved to a per user license.  Thus, a company will only have to buy one license per user, instead of having to re-license every time a new machine is installed.

3. Better Security

Microsoft is rolling out a new security system with Windows 10, wherein users can lock certain documents or areas of a computer using facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, or traditional password methods. Windows 10 will also let users sign in using verification pin codes that are sent to their smart-phones or other handheld devices. In addition to new password features, Windows 10 will launch with an upgraded Malware detector to help verify apps before running them.

4. Usability

Finally, Windows 10 is reported to be more user-friendly than Windows 8.  While Windows 8 had a smooth interface when working on touch devices, on traditional desktop computers it became slow and difficult to navigate. Microsoft has assured that Windows 10 will feature enhanced functionality for both touch and non-touch devices, and has brought back some old features like the start menu to make the interface more recognizable and easier to use.

Conclusion

Windows 10 has a host of interesting new features, but only time will tell if it will be the new standard, or another flop like Windows 8.  Businesses will be wary, and will likely wait to adopt the operating system until it has been tried and verified by the public.  However, if Windows 10 does provide all that Microsoft is claiming, businesses will want to upgrade in the near future, and when they do, HTG will be there to help with the process.