Win 10 vs. Win 8.1 vs. Win 7
The Windows 10 Logo
For the busy business executive or owner the phrase “we have to upgrade to a new technology platform” generates a whole different set of emotions than for the IT enthusiast. Budgets, change management, user acceptance, implementation logistics and compatibility issues usually cause a knee-jerk reaction against upgrading.
When a new Windows release is on the cards, these fears are amplified because all the applications in use by an organization are affected by the upgrade. Not to mention that Windows 8 was such a far leap from Windows 7 that many users are still adjusting to its interface.
So why would any executive make the call to play guinea pig with his or her organization and become an early adopter of Windows 10?
Here are 7 reasons why you should consider exploring Windows 10.
Wonder 1 – It is free
Yes you have heard correctly, if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, your upgrade to Windows 10 will be free for the first year after the release date. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group (OSG) brought users the exhilarating news that nothing is risked from a financial perspective when upgrading. This means that companies would not have to squeeze already tight budgets for an upgrade.
Wonder 2 – The user interface is designed for you
Of course purchasing cost is not the only risk associated with new technology. Companies who have migrated to new applications usually tell of the woes experienced when users resist the new product. Fortunately the Windows 10 interface is designed with the non-IT minded users in mind. A new design feature named the Continuum Mode allows users to seamlessly switch between keyboard, mouse, touchscreen and even gestures. This brings us to the next wonder …
Wonder 3 – Mobility
If you still copy your day’s work to a flash drive in order to work at home, Windows 10 technology is definitely for you. It is designed to seamlessly integrate all your devices – smartphone, tablet and desktop PC. Waiting for a client who got stuck in traffic? No problem, make the most of your time by continuing to work on your smartphone. Forgot your diary at home? No sweat, your (free) Outlook is integrated between all your devices. And if you believe James Altucher (do yourself a favour and visit his website), the days of the cubicle worker are numbered. Windows 10 will facilitate the move to an office-less environment allowing people to be more productive. Speaking of productivity …
Wonder 4 – Increased Productivity
Cortana, the Microsoft Personal Digital Assistant
Screenshot taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI4tj1YZbiM
In today’s multitasking environment, workers become increasingly bombarded with information to the point where you might have wished that you could hire an assistant for each of your employees. Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant comes to the rescue!
Cortana can make calls and send text messages, remind you of important events, give you driving directions, keep you out of reach when you don’t want to be available to the outside world, fill you in on events, forecast the weather and even chat to you when you need a listening ear.
We all know that collaborative working produces exceedingly better results than people working in isolation. The norm for many companies is to have people email each other documents for input. The result is multiple versions of documentation and if one person in the chain holds the process up, the end result is delayed. Some companies work collaboratively on Google Docs or Dropbox and both these platforms have proven to be useful.
For conference calls, Skype or Google Hangout has allowed teams to work across time zones and geographic distance. The challenge has usually been to effectively use visual aids. You would be able to share a slideshow but it would remain to be a static presentation. Using a whiteboard in one location prevents participants in other locations to interactively contribute to the session.
The Microsoft Surface Hub combines all of these elements in order to ensure a truly interactive and collaborative environment which promises to boost productivity exponentially.
Speaking of presentations, you will even be able to design slides and present from your Microsoft phone. Making an outstanding impression of clients and colleagues is virtually guaranteed.
Wonder 5 – Dazzle them with holographic awesomeness
Remember the famous HoloDeck in Star Trek? One would imagine that millions of people fantasized about having one of their own. Well, finally the time has arrived where the Windows 10 HoloLens brings this experience to our boardrooms and even our homes. You can expect smarter innovation, increased collaboration and especially more fun while working.
Source (Screenshot): https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us?ocid=WOL_HoloLensGlobe
Wonder 6 – Apps, apps and more apps
The universal apps built for Windows 10 promise to be compatible with a broader range of devices and provide a common platform with consistent UX design surfaces and flexible tools. The apps can even run on a Raspberry Pi 2. Speaking of apps, the new Project Spartan browser is said to run faster than Internet Explorer and lets users get creative by annotating web pages directly, with the aim being to enhance collaborative working.
Wonder 7 – Try before you “buy”
If you have a technology whiz in your IT department, ask him to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and download the technical preview of Windows 10. The ISO is more than 3GB in size, so ask him to download after hours if bandwidth is a problem. The installation should also be to a standalone device with no important data.
This machine should strictly be seen as a testing computer and should not be used for work purposes – the operating system is still in the testing phase and stability is not guaranteed. This will enable your company to experience the new technology firsthand without risking an upgrade to business critical computers.
Make the mind shift
So there you have it – Windows has evolved from a desktop operating system to a mobile operating system, to a fully integrated lifestyle companion and assistant guaranteed to change the way we work. It is time to make the mind shift and embrace the new technology. Once the production version is released, you can approach a NetAssist client executive to support your organization’s training needs and deployment.
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