In the second part of this series we will further explore some of the points I discussed in part one. Although it was launched a decade ago, many businesses are still operating on Windows 7. However, the time has come to take the plunge and update software systems to Windows 10. Here are the first five key reasons to update.
Perhaps the biggest incentive to make the upgrade is the fact that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. If you do not update, your Windows 7 PC will still boot up and continue to function, however, there will not be any support available. Additionally, your PC will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses as there will be no further security updates. Moreover, if a large number of users continue to use Windows 7, there is a possibility that malicious users will be encouraged to target Windows 7. With no tech support and no further software updates, Windows 7 will quickly become outdated and obsolete, so the upgrade to Windows 10 is essential.
Windows 10 has some impressive new features with the aim of protecting your identity and your data. Windows Defender has various tools to help protect your data. Defender Security Centre Tool gives you an overview of the security health of your PC. It allows you to approve which apps can access and change files on your PC or the cloud. Defender Exploit Guard scans for, quarantines and removes malware, whilst Defender Antivirus, evidently, is built-in antivirus protection. Businesses also have the option to subscribe to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, which is a sophisticated, cloud-based service for managing security threats across your business PCs. Additionally, Windows Hello uses biometrics to log in, so you don’t have to worry about passwords being compromised. Finally, Device Guard ensures that your device only runs applications that it has deemed trustworthy.
Despite using the same hardware as Windows 7, tests have shown that Windows 10 is faster across the board. This means that it has faster boot up and sleep times, as well as faster transition between apps. As I’ve mentioned countless times, Windows 7 will no longer be receiving updates or support. This means that, in terms of performance, it is frozen. Windows 10, on the other hand, is continually updating and it will only progress, meaning that the performance will only improve with time. Windows 10’s power management is also more efficient than Windows 7, resulting in longer battery life.
Microsoft have introduced Unified Update Platform (UUP) which streamlines the update process. It identifies changes in Windows 10 and downloads only those which your PC requires. Microsoft say that this can reduce the size of downloads by up to 35%. It also makes the way devices check for updates more efficient by reducing the update data sent to users. Checking for updates and the updates themselves happen behind the scenes so you can continue using your PC as normal without interruption.
Edge browser is becoming steady competition with Chrome and Firefox. It is just as fast, if not faster than its competitors. Its clean interface is easy to navigate and useful tools allow you to preview, group and save tabs. You can find, manage and open tabs without leaving the page you’re on. The Notes tool also allows you to highlight phrases on websites and save it so you can come back to it later. Your Edge browser is synced over all your Windows 10 devices so your settings, search history and bookmarks are available to you wherever you are. Using Edge over other browsers will allegedly extend your battery life. Windows 10’s security features work seamlessly with Edge, so you are protected against phishing schemes and malware.
On a side note, I’m assuming that an upgrade to Windows 10 will be from Windows 7. If you’re still running XP, please, for my sake if not your own, consider your situation and upgrade immediately.
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