Wait a second, we just got rid of Windows XP and put everyone on Windows 7. What’s this about there being a new Microsoft Operating System called Windows 10? Do we need to pay attention to this or can we ignore it like we did with Windows 8 and Windows Vista? Here are some answers for you.
We all know technology moves fast but it seems like it’s starting to move faster and many businesses just can’t keep up. Here’s what you need to know about Windows 10, the next version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system.
What is Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the successor to Windows 8, the operating system used on Windows Phone, Microsoft Surface tablets and some new computers. The uptake on Windows 8 has been slow and many businesses and non-profits rely on Windows 7 for their day-to-day computing needs.
What Happened to Windows 9?
There isn’t a Windows 9. Microsoft decided their new Windows 10 operating software is such a dramatic improvement that they skipped a number to emphasize the rate of innovation.
When is Windows 10 Coming Out?
It is expected to be released this summer.
Why Should I Care?
Microsoft is attempting some big changes to make computing more personal and easier across different devices and platforms in a mobile-first and Cloud-first world. Just like they have achieved with their Cloud-based Office 365, they want users to get the same experience, look and feel whether they are using a computer, tablet, smartphone, Xbox or HoloLens.
Developers will be developing one application that can run across these devices and the hope is this will open up much larger opportunities for productivity as Microsoft aims to become the “productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
Still Don’t Care…
Here’s one of the most urgent reasons you should care about this. When Windows 10 is launched, Microsoft is allowing free upgrades to the platform for its first year for anyone using Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is even pushing out an icon onto computers that will allow people to upgrade to Windows 10 themselves.
If you are not managing your environment properly and providing direction to users, this could lead to huge problems with compatibility or functionality. Many people struggle with new versions of Microsoft products so ensuring upgrades happen in an orderly way is important./p>
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