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Will Windows 10 help your business?

The much-publicized release of Windows 10 is a mere month away and at Amaxra, we've been taking a close look to see whether it's good news for business owners. After trying it out daily in our own offices, we're eager to answer the questions a lot of our customers are already asking us.

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Our initial impression, and probably the most exciting thing about Windows 10, is how it seems to have learned from the good, the bad and the ugly of Windows 8. Microsoft seems to have elaborated on the features in Windows 8 that people liked and either removed or improved the parts people didn't, making Windows 10 full of capabilities that have the potential to make life easier for businesses and individuals alike. For those companies still on Windows 7 or earlier, Windows 10 is definitely providing the opportunity to get the latest from Microsoft without the need for significant retraining, which was the biggest drawback for Windows 8.

Let's start with the fact that this upgrade is free for anyone running any Windows operating system 7 or newer. The interface will be well known to longtime Windows users. Unlike the dramatically changed appearance and awkward navigation Windows 8 became infamous for, Windows 10 brings back the Desktop, Start menu and familiar navigation that now integrates with the Internet. The navigation is optimized for touch but also works fine for those who prefer their tried and true mouse and keyboard. Windows 10 is also faster and more responsive than Windows 7, which we expected since Windows 7 is six years old and computing has come a long way since its release.

Installing Windows 10 is simple. The upgrade will show up like any other update that Windows runs on a regular basis, so all you have to do is click install and go to lunch. When you get back, you'll see your brand new operating system. Because Windows 10 will work around most of the data already on your machine, you'll be able to pick up working right where you left off. Our only disappointment is the need to say farewell to Windows Media Center, which is still one of the best solutions for watching and recording media. This means that any recordings you have scheduled or currently saved to your system will not be available once you upgrade to Windows 10. Keep that in mind as you decide how to move forward—if you have a computer that you use extensively with Windows Media Center, you'll need to stay on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

'Windows 10 seems to offer opportunities for convenience and productivity that can save you time and money as a business. For one thing, it integrates seamlessly with other devices. So whether you're on a tablet, Windows Phone, laptop or desktop, Windows 10 will operate smoothly across them all, eliminating any hiccups you've experienced in the past trying to catch up on work from your phone on the train to work. What Windows 8 started for the remote office, Windows 10 has finished well. This means more flexibility for you, your employees and your customers.

There's also good news on the security front. As technology continues to advance, so does the threat of cyber crime and the need for security to grow more and more sophisticated. A name and password no longer do the trick for extremely sensitive data. So Microsoft utilizes what's known as multi-factor authentication in Windows 10, along with a multitude of other security measures. This basically means that it takes more than a name and a password to get into a system, meaning more security for your computer. Plus, when Windows 10 splashes down, it will come with Windows Defender enabled natively. So even if you don't have a fully deployed antivirus solution, Defender is there by default when you first log on to Windows 10. All these measures will help make Windows 10 Microsoft's most secure OS so far, which is very important for today's businesses.  

I recommend you take a serious look at Windows 10. Depending on your needs, it could offer a number of vital advantages. It's free for the first year and, with the updated interface, security improvements, device integration, mobile device management and seamless integration with the cloud, Windows 10 is definitely poised to make the daily grind smoother and easier  for businesses and individuals alike.

Is your business ready to get that measurable boost of productivity from Windows 10 and the cloud?

Contact us at solutions@amaxra.com or call 425 749 7471 for a no-obligation consultation from one of our optimization experts.

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