Boost Business Productivity With Microsoft's Windows 10

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Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 10 in 190 countries and 111 languages on July 29, 2015.  Windows 10 is the next Operating System (OS) from Microsoft and will be an upgrade that is available at no charge for all current Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. It is possible to reserve a copy of the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 by clicking here.

Windows 10 is no longer just an operating system for 32 and 64-bit PCs.

It will also run on the ARM platform for Tablets and Smartphones. Windows 10 is also going to run on phones – it's the new version of the Windows Phone, but it's not clear whether Microsoft will brand their new Windows Phones as Windows 10 or not. Like Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 before it, Windows 10 is part of the Windows NT family.

If your business is already using one of Microsoft’s previous versions of Windows, the upgrade to Windows 10 is probably a good idea. Whereas Microsoft stumbled with their Windows 8 by making it radically different than Windows 7. To their credit, Microsoft rebounded well with their upgrade to Windows 8.1. By all accounts and given all of the Windows 10 beta testing – Windows 10 looks to be the return to familiarity for Windows users.

If the upgrade to Windows 10 from older Windows operating systems is as seamless as Microsoft is advertising, then, in theory, very little tech support should be needed to install Windows 10 and get your business running on it.

The true core of the Windows 10 operating system strategy is to enable a cross-platform approach. Microsoft aims to use Windows 10 on their Smartphones and even their X-box devices. This strategy allows for a consistent user experience and the added benefit of one operating system across (some) Tablets, Windows phones, and PCs.

The other major benefit that Windows 10 offers is the third version of Cortana, the personal assistant that became widely known on Smartphones. With Windows 10, Cortana will be able to assist the desktop user in the same way that it has been able to support Smartphone users.

In Windows 10, the start menu is just about back to its former and familiar look and feel that Windows 7 users grew to love.  Although there was much feedback given to Microsoft about bringing back the familiar start-up menu when it first introduced Windows 8, there were more changes to enhance the start menu back to the Windows 7 version when Windows 8 users were upgraded to Windows 8.1.

Another advantage in Windows 10 is the significantly improved search capabilities that allow the user to either type or speak the command. What users have long enjoyed on their Smartphones is now available on desktop platforms due to this significant enhancement.  This new feature can boost productivity in an immediate and impactful way, particularly for employees that have long enjoyed searching for files and apps by speaking the command into their Smartphone.

The last and significant enhancement to Windows 10 is that it comes with the new Microsoft Edge.

When combined with the personal assistant capabilities of Cortana, this powerful combination should bring PC computing business productivity to a whole new level.

If your business is seasonal in nature – that is, if summer is a slower time, then it may be wise to upgrade to the new version of Windows during a slower summer month. If however, your business is a steady state, then be sure you are prepared for a change before taking on the upgrade so that the business is minimally impacted by this transition.

For more information about Windows 10 or to learn more about how Windows 10 compares to Windows 8.1, check out the comprehensive reviews below:

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