7 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10
Despite all the publicity for Windows 10, many people are still using earlier versions of Windows. If your computer is more than a couple of years old, you may still be using Windows 7, 8, or another version. Upgrading isn’t difficult, but many people simply haven’t bothered. There are, however, quite a few advantages to using the latest version of Windows. Here are 7 reasons why it’s a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10.
- Greater compatibility – Windows 10 works seamlessly across many devices and platforms, including smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. For example, if your PC runs Windows 10, you’ll be able to stream games from Xbox One. If you own a Windows tablet, it’s easy to share files such as photos from any other Windows device.
- Better Support – One of the realities of modern technology is that if you don’t keep up, you lose access to support and, over time, your system becomes obsolete. Microsoft is strongly encouraging people to upgrade. While this is voluntary, over time you’ll find that earlier operating systems are no longer supported. As of now, Microsoft plans to discontinue support for Windows 7 by 2020. All Microsoft devices made in the last couple of years have Windows 10. So, it’s simply more convenient to upgrade if you want the latest features and full support.
- Ongoing updates – If you’re like many people, you wonder if you should get the latest release or wait for the next one. For example, is iPhone 7 worth getting or is it better to wait for iPhone 8? Windows 8 was a major disappointment, with lots of glitches. Windows 10, however, is different. It’s not only more stable and reliable than Windows 8, it’s the final version. In other words, Microsoft isn’t planning a Windows 11, at least not anytime soon. This means that future updates, perhaps 10.1 and so forth, are free and simple for anyone who has Windows 10.
- Virtual Desktops – If you like to multitask, you’ll appreciate the virtual desktops capability of Windows 10. This is a feature that’s available to Mac and Linux users, but not on previous Windows systems. This allows you to open and use multiple programs and keep them organized. Switch desktops either from the keyboard or the taskbar. This is the next best thing to having two or more computers in front of you. Add or switch between an unlimited number desktops from the taskbar. For those who use many desktops, keyboard shortcuts make this function more efficient.
- Cortana – Windows 10 has an enhanced version of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-enabled system. While Cortana is available on Windows 8, it’s now perfected and more refined. This is a feature that lets you set reminders and ask questions. Cortana performs tasks such as reminding you about an appointment, finding a photo, file, or email, telling you what movies are playing at your local multiplex, or helping you find the nearest Chinese restaurant. Voice-enabled assistants are quite popular now and Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Alexa (Amazon) and Siri (Apple).
- Upgraded Browser – Microsoft Edge, the browser designed for Windows 10, has features such as distraction-free reading, integration with Cortana, and sharable notes. Another benefit is that Edge uses less battery power than other browsers. Edge is a secure, fast browser that replaced the longstanding Internet Explorer as Microsoft’s default browser.
- Action Center – The Action Center feature functions in a manner similar to notifications on smartphones. You’ll receive notifications on a variety of issues, such as new emails, weather updates, birthdays, appointments and more. Of course, not everyone wants notifications all the time, which are sometimes intrusive. Fortunately, this is a highly customizable feature, so you simply turn off notifications that you prefer not to receive. Another Action Center function is Connect, which lets you play video or audio on another connected device.
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