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Is upgrading to Windows 10 right for your business?

Since the launch of Windows 1.0 in 1985, Microsoft has steadily expanded and upgraded this highly flexible operating system, arriving at the very latest version – Windows 10. There’s a good chance your business runs one of the legacy versions of Windows and you’ve gotten very used to it. But the question now pressing is: should you upgrade to the new version? There have been mixed reviews about Windows 10 and recently some controversy as some users were automatically upgraded to the new version and experienced glitches. To help you make the best decision for your business, let’s go through the pros and cons of Windows 10.

All devices are catered for equally

Windows started life as an OS for PCs, then with Windows 7 and Windows 8 became more optimised for smartphones, laptops and tablet computers as these systems gained popularity.

The consensus among reviews for Windows 10 is that the new version is a kind of “Goldilocks” Windows, where all devices, including PCs, can run the new system smoothly and get all of the new features (provided your computer meets the minimum system requirements).

A criticism of Windows 8 is that it eliminated the start menu, which frustrated PC users. But in Windows 10, the start menu is back, and the new OS offers a very balanced, easy to use interface, no matter what device you use.

So from a traditional business perspective, Windows 10 has a lot of offer – steady, reliable interface, an easy to use layout and all the features and functions you’re used to, with a few new twists.

The cutting edge stuff may not suit

On the flipside, Microsoft 10 has introduced and refined many innovative features, like touch screen technology, virtual desktops and Cortana, a personal assistant who can help you navigate the system and perform tasks.

This is all great stuff, but for regular, everyday business use, it may not be of much use to you. Plus, there will no doubt be plenty of upgrades in the future to keep these new features up to speed, which can be annoying.

That said, it’s nice to have options – the world of work is always changing, so having a balance of traditional tech and the cutting edge stuff may be good for your business.

Windows 10 – it’s up to you

In the end, whether you upgrade your business’ computer systems to Microsoft Windows 10 or not, the decision should revolve around whether or not it will benefit your business.

If you’re happy with how things are, then by all means keep your old system going. If it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it.

But inevitably, Microsoft will stop supporting older versions of Windows, so jumping on the bandwagon now could save a lot of hassle. Plus, you’ll have a new system working hard for you that could unlock abilities and potential you never knew you had.

At Computerman IT, we love helping businesses across the Cairns area navigate the technical pitfalls of software and hardware. So if you need some computer support or advice on software upgrades, we’re always happy to help.