With Windows XP being end of life for just over a year and a half, and Windows 7 end of life scheduled for the beginning of 2020, it might be time to start looking at getting used to the tiled interfaces of Microsoft’s newest Operating systems and familiarizing ourselves with the terms like Cortana, Edge and Windows Hello.
While Windows 8 was quite a change from the XP and Windows 7 interfaces we have been accustomed to, Windows 10 seems to fit right in the middle of the new and the old. It is not uncommon for Microsoft to take 2 steps forward and one step back, remember the transition from Office 2003 to 2007, then the release of Office 2010?
While you might be annoyed by the little icon on your taskbar asking you to upgrade to Windows 10 and think, it isn’t for me, you might want to rethink this, or at least look into it. While everyone is familiar with Smartphones and their interfaces and functionality we can hardly remember a time these did not exist.
Windows 10 looks to bridge the gap between your smart devices and your computers which makes a lot of sense as in the business world, all these products are “Productivity” devices, why shouldn’t they be similar. While there might be still some compatibility issues with some business software, if this isn’t the case for you, why not check it out. Chances are you will need to at some point and those 4 years might be here before you know it. Besides, Microsoft is giving the upgrades away for Free, who doesn’t like that? (For qualifying systems only. See Microsoft for more details.)
So what’s new in Windows 10?
The first thing you will notice is the familiar start button is back, but once you click it, is where things will be a bit different, while the left side of the start menu is going to be similar, you will notice the tile interface on the right side. While the left side cannot be customized, the tiled side is fully customizable and with a little bit of time spent on it, can become very useful.
Who or what is Cortana? Microsoft describes Cortana as your “Clever new Personal Assistant.” You can ask Cortana things either by talking to your computer or typing in questions. You can ask it to track flights and packages, add reminders, or tell you a joke. Putting in your interests into Cortana’s notebook will help personalize your experience.
Windows Hello is a new feature and gives you a more personal way to sign into your windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch instead of remembering those long and complicated passwords.
Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new browser that makes it easier to find things on the web and integrates with Cortana to help find what you are looking for. The addition for the Hub allows you to keep a collection for things you collect on the web. Edge also gives you the ability to search right from the address bar without going to a specific webpage to search from. Writing allows you to take notes, doodle, or highlight areas of webpages.
The Windows 10 upgrade will only be available for free until July 29th 2016 so you do have plenty of time to test it out in your organization. Depending on the size of your organization, you can download and update each computer separately or create a bootable disk to install on each machine, or any other deployment methods you may currently use. If you wish to deploy Windows 10 and would like a hand in doing so, let Network Center, Inc. know and we would be glad to help you.