If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the best version of Windows yet. Nobody likes change, but once you start using the new Windows, you’ll never want to go back. If you still haven’t pulled the trigger, here are 10 reasons why you should.
- It’s easy
Upgrading Windows is easier than it’s ever been. For systems eligible for a free upgrade, it’s as easy as starting the optional update through Windows Update via the system tray. The process is automated, takes an hour or more depending on your hardware to finish, and doesn’t remove anything from your computer. Once complete, everything will be the same as it was before, with the exception of a shiny new operating system (OS). If there is a problem, you quickly roll back to your previous OS for one month afterwards.
- It’s free
You can upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 device to Windows 10 for free until July 29th, 2016, unless you have an Enterprise version. If that’s not enough incentive to upgrade, I don’t know what is. Microsoft is strongly pushing their new OS, and for good reason. They want users to stop using outdated systems. Information on how to upgrade can be found on their frequently asked questions page.
- It’s future-proof
Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows for the foreseeable future. All future updates will be added to Windows 10 without the need to upgrade to a new OS. This means that you’re always up-to-date with the latest software, without having to lift a finger. Also, DirectX 12 is included, which speeds up software that’s written using the new application program interface.
- Start menu
The new Start menu is an improvement over Windows 8 and arguably Windows 7. It’s a combination of both, and includes tiles from Windows 8 which can be customized to your liking. Your most used apps appear at the top of the list for easy access. Additionally, you have quick access to all of your other apps, and other frequently used features. The Start menu is back, and it’s better than ever.
- Task switcher
The task switcher has some new improvements in Windows 10, and can be accessed by using Windows Key + Tab or Alt + Tab. Visually, it’s more appealing; functionally, it makes it more intuitive to witch between Windows. Also, there’s an option to create a new virtual desktop for additional tasks in case you only have one monitor and need help staying organized.
- System tray
The system tray default icons have overhauled. New icons integrate well with other aspects of the Windows, and quick access is provided to power and sleep settings. Everything has a new look with the same functionality that you would expect.
- Action Center
The Action Center has received a complete overhaul. Notifications are listed at the top along with different tiles listed at the bottom. Several nifty features are on display in the new Action Center, including Wireless, VPN, and screen projection options. You can even switch to the new tablet mode, which disables the Desktop and allows you to use your computer like a tablet.
8. Windows Explorer
One of the best new features of Windows 10 is the new and improved Windows Explorer. When opened, you can easily browse your frequent folders and recent files, reducing navigation time significantly. There might be a slight learning curve involved, but you’ll realize the benefits of the new layout rapidly.
- Edge browser
The Edge browser is Microsoft’s answer to their fast counterparts such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It’s still a work in progress, but has a lot of potential.
- Windows Hello
Windows 10 can use your face or iris to log in by using an infrared camera. The technology is so advanced that only a few devices have the camera built in. Taking it one step further, Windows can do secure authentication with sites and apps that support it instead of typing your password.
Truly, Windows 10 is on the forefront of the next generation of computing. There are many other improvements not listed in this article that you can discover on your own. If you haven’t upgraded yet, be sure to before July 29th, 2016 to ensure your free update. Once you start using it and realizing how much better it is compared to earlier Windows versions, I’m confident that you’ll become a strong believer in the future of Windows.
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