Windows 10 aims to be the most widely adopted operating system (OS) globally. According to Microsoft, the OS is now running on 800 million devices worldwide. As such, the Redmond-based company made sure to learn from Windows 10’s ill-fated predecessor, Windows 8, and revamped several key features.
If your company hasn’t adopted Windows 10 yet, here are some compelling reasons to do so.
One of the reasons why people didn’t like Windows 8 was its user interface, which heavily relied on touch. That’s why Windows 10 returned to the more familiar and well-liked Windows 7 user interface elements combined with some improved Windows 8 features.
What’s more, Windows 10 now has apps. You’ll be able to see your most used apps, folders, and newly downloaded software programs in the Start menu. You can arrange the app icons to your liking, and best of all, live tiles show recent updates such as weather, Facebook posts, and news, so you won’t miss a beat.
The Start menu is also improved. Unlike the hard-to-find power controls of Windows 8, Windows 10’s power button is back at the bottom of the Start menu, where you can easily spot it.
Lastly, you can now easily change your desktop design. The taskbar shows icons of opened apps and the Snap assist feature allows you to easily and efficiently organize your screen space for maximum productivity.
Stronger malware prevention
Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 has an anti-ransomware feature, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), that prevents ransomware from locking users out of their files.
This feature provides reports on controlled folder access events and blocks possible threats. This means you’ll get alerts about files or software programs that are affecting your network, understand what these alerts mean, and receive suggestions on how to resolve any issues that might surface.
If you subscribe to Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional, you can also avail of Windows Defender Application Guard, a feature that lets you use Microsoft Edge inside a virtual machine. This way, even if an employee unknowingly contracts malware from a malicious website, the malware won’t affect your whole network because it will be confined in a virtual machine.
More efficient communication
With Windows 10’s My People feature, you can pin your frequent business contacts as shortcut icons on the taskbar. This makes it easier to email or start a video call with them through Skype. You can pin up to 10 contacts on your taskbar.
Easier syncing with all your devices
Leaving a task unfinished shouldn’t be a problem anymore with the Timeline feature. It saves snapshots of Windows applications you were using, and these snapshots are synced across all your Windows 10 devices.
With this feature, you don’t have to worry about device malfunction or empty mobile or laptop batteries anymore. If you’re using the same Microsoft user account, you can just select a snapshot and pick up where you left off.
Also, Windows 10 focuses on just one universal system for all devices — no more different OS for desktops and mobile devices. This way, you can work seamlessly across Windows devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, Xbox consoles, augmented reality (AR) glasses, and even interactive whiteboards.
Quicker computer configuration
With Windows Autopilot, you can set up systems configurations that can be downloaded from the cloud to any of your business’s computers. For instance, if employees use a new computer, as soon as they connect it to your business network, it will automatically be configured to your business’s required settings.
Moreover, with this feature, you can tailor your system configuration for a particular employee or configure, manage, and reset a business computer more easily.
Cortana has never been better
It’s always a plus if you can talk to your technology and control it hands-free. Cortana, the Windows version of Siri, has a natural language processing and syncs across all your devices. For instance, you can simply say “Cortana, play music” or “Take a note,” and she’ll provide you with specific reminders, keep track of your interests, and anticipate your needs.
You’ll even be surprised that she knows your local weather and traffic conditions for your commute home. These simple alerts can be handy if you have employees working on the go.
Efficient technology makes a world of difference in employee productivity. Refresh Technologies has been providing next-generation IT solutions and straightforward advice to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Charlotte, North Carolina for 20 years now. If you have more questions about office technology and Windows 10, call us today.
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