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The Pros + Cons of Windows 10

The Pros + Cons of Windows 10
With the deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade coming up, Neal looks at the good and not so good elements of upgrading to the new operating system.

Over at Resolve HQ we’ve been enjoying Windows 10 for a little while now. But we’re slowly creeping towards 29 July, which the more tech savvy of you will know as D-Day for the free upgrade! After the deadline, Windows 10 will cost £90, which isn’t a huge amount for an individual but for a business with multiple users, it will soon add up.

So what can you do? Well in short: upgrade! Windows 10 is available for people on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. It also simply updates Windows, so your files, settings and applications stay where they are. We’d obviously suggest backing up beforehand (just in case!).

We’ve upgraded quite a number of our clients’ laptops and desktops – both locally and remotely – and can comfortably say that the majority have gone smoothly and relatively quickly. If you are still a little uncertain about it, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons…

 

Pros

  • It’s free! (For now!)
  • Newer security features, including two factor authentication with Biometrics and PIN codes
  • Greater support for 2 in 1 devices
  • Greater support for mobile workers

 

Cons

  • Some of your older apps may not work after updating, if the developer hasn’t updated them (always check before upgrading!)
  • By default Windows gathers a bit of information as you use your computer – this of course can be turned off
  • Windows 10 may be the last “version” of Windows, which means instead of having the flexibility to choose an operating system based on what you need, it will simply update. Of course, you will still be able to choose whether you want to update or not, but you won’t necessarily be able to choose the operating system. Microsoft seems to be following Apple and Google’s decision to develop an OS that evolves for the user over time.

 

What’s our suggestion at Resolve?
Upgrade now, even if you have to roll back. Upgrading will claim your license so you can upgrade again at a later date. If you’re interested in upgrading talk to us and we’ll be happy to help.

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