Its time to decide if Windows 10 is for you!

Starting July 30, 2016, Microsoft has indicated that they will start charging for upgrading to Windows 10. Judging from past upgrades at around $100, it may be quite pricey. So here is some information to help you make your decision:

Security

Windows 10 is NOT more secure than Windows 7.  It is JUST AS secure. Don’t let that influence your decision. Also, security support for Windows 7 extends until 2020. So if you decide to stick with Windows 7, you will have support for four more years.

Apps

Windows 10 does have the advantage of the App store, similar to the Apple App store or Google Play. This is obviously the direction many companies are going and Windows 7 will not have this ability. Also, most current software programs are compatible with Windows 10 (as not a whole lot has changed underneath the hood). Businesses with specialized applications should confirm with their vendor, however, that their software is compatible or hold off on upgrading.

Interface

Obviously, the biggest change with Windows 10 is the interface. If you like using Siri or Google Now, Cortana on Windows 10 works very similar. You can talk or type anything to get the information you are looking for. The Start menu has returned from the dreaded Windows 8. And since Microsoft has declared this as the “last edition of Windows,” Windows 10 will continue to get enhancements and improvements throughout it’s life. And soon, with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, many small tweaks will occur that will improve the functionality of the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Recommendation

Start with the easy one first: If you are on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10. For Windows 7 users, it comes down to preference.  Ask yourself these questions:
Do you want the new App store?
Would you use the new personal attendant ‘Cortana?’
Would you rather stick with what you are familiar with?
When are you thinking of getting a new PC?

Any new PC after this year will automatically come with Windows 10. So you will use it, eventually. And because support for Windows 7 doesn’t expire until 2020, you will probably buy a new PC with Windows 10 before support ends.

How to Upgrade

If you have made the decision to upgrade, Microsoft has a page on how to do it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10. The upgrade can take about an hour and a half to complete after starting the installation.

Questions or to Schedule an Upgrade

If you have questions, or want to schedule an upgrade with Firebytes, for your home or business, contact me at 320-403-2420 or mark@firebytes.co.

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