With all of the newly-minted graphical logos and advertisements surrounding the release, this begs the question – is it really worth upgrading?
Let’s take a quick look at the list below from Microsoft and decide for yourself:
1. COST. This is probably one of the biggest attraction for current users because as of now the upgrade is completely free of charge.
2. USABILITY. Users who are familiar with Windows XP, Vista and 7 will find Windows 10 relatively easy to use because of the resemblance of how buttons are placed across the screen. The Start button is now back at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Now for Windows 8/8.1 fanatics, the tiles are also brought back into the mix. Two browsers will be pre-installed - Internet Explorer and “Edge” – the newest browser from Microsoft.
3. PERFORMANCE. Windows 10 presents a range of performance upgrades, which includes quicker boot time, better hardware acceleration, power management, and longer battery life for mobile devices.
4. SECURITY. Now for the advanced users, this might be an interesting topic. Microsoft claims that this is by far their most secured windows version which is highlighted by the new Device Guard which is aimed at stopping zero-day attacks by examining applications that are unsigned by software vendors. Windows Hello has also been introduced which uses biometrics (face, iris, fingerprint) rather than using the conventional passwords. The new Passport feature is also something that might come handy for regular users who does not want to remember passwords. It enables users to authenticate to programs or websites without passwords by asking you beforehand if you are in possession of your device via a PIN or Windows Hello.
5. DESIGN. The tablet mode is available which makes everything full screen similar to a tablet experience (which is probably more useful to tablet users). File Explorer have slimmer title bars. Task View is introduced to displace active windows and allow users to switch between windows. Snap Assist is also added as program windows can now be snapped to screen quadrants.
6. FEATURES. This list can grow very long if you would search online for the newest features of Windows 10. Microsoft tried to improve a lot of the existing built-in apps in previous version and added new ones. The list below are the fan-favorites:
Cortana – the new voice-based virtual assistant which is Microsoft’s answer to “OK Google” and Apple’s Siri
Microsoft Holographic – a set of technologies that will enable 3D imaging and hologram projections (with the Hololens headset)
Universal Office Apps – this is what Microsoft has promised its loyal fan base which is a newer version of Office which will run on all devices and touch-enabled.
In general, Windows 10 has mostly addressed the gaps and lacking features of its predecessors together with cooler add-ons. Having second thoughts? Now there is nothing wrong with Windows 7 and 8.1, but with all of the newest features Windows 10 boasts - you might probably be missing a lot. Plus, in case you are dissatisfied, you can always roll back to your previous windows version.