Sep 19, 2017

Windows 10 - To Upgrade or Not?


With the recent two year anniversary of Windows 10, it is astonishing how many people have not yet upgraded. Some fear the learning curve while others have concerns over privacy and compatibility. Although Windows 10 does take a bit of a learning curve, it is a welcomed upgrade featuring some of the best components of Windows 8 and the spirit of Windows 7.

Windows 10 is similar to Windows 8 as far as the general theme goes, but unlike Windows 8 which was optimized for tablets, Windows 10 is optimized for desktops by default, yet has a dedicated tablet mode. This makes switching between a desktop and a tablet a breeze.

What about privacy? Privacy has been an ongoing concern since the release of Windows 10 due to new implementations of location tracking, Cortana, and advertising ID. Luckily for anyone who is concerned about this, all of those features can be easily turned off in the settings menu.

Windows 10 had a rough beginning with quite a few bugs and incompatibilities, but now that is has been around for over two years all of that has been vastly improved. Windows 10 is faster, more secure, and easier to use than all previous versions of Microsoft Windows. It also works with most older hardware and quite a few software programs as well.

Windows 10 may be the last major OS release that Microsoft ever creates. Microsoft has been discussing the idea of Windows as a service. What that means in simple terms, is that instead of what they have done in the past by releasing an OS, providing security updates and minor improvements, and then eventually releasing a new OS and repeating the same process, they are now going to be providing major improvements to Windows 10 through future updates. Windows 10 is the first Microsoft OS to have the ability to have parts of it independently updated, meaning that instead of having to release a whole new OS just to change how the start menu looks and operates, they can now push out an update for just that component.

With that being said, you will still have to make up your own mind on whether switching to Windows 10 is right for you.

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