As Microsoft’s Windows 7 inches ever closer to its 2020 end of life date, Windows 7 users have had to weigh the decision to migrate to a new operating system. While each migration has its own challenges and obstacles, a move to Windows 10 will bring a variety of benefits and improvements. Migrating to Windows 10 will give Windows 7/Windows 8 users several key benefits and improvements. I’ll outline three of the most important benefits that come with a Windows 10 migration.
The first benefit is speed. Of all the benefits of Windows 10, none is more immediate than an improvement in operating speed. Users used to slower operating systems such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be blown away by the speed of Windows 10. Even operating systems built on speed such as Mac’s OS X, must compete with Windows 10’s initial start times. In fact, comparison videos exist that show Windows 10 opening faster on a Mac than OS X.
Windows 10 streamlines the overall start-up experience by cutting down on bloatware and unnecessary start-up processes. The result is a refreshingly fast overall user experience.
Windows 10 also brings significant improvements in functionality and usability. First and foremost, Windows 10 returns to the popular Windows start button. The popularly maligned Windows start tile isn’t entirely gone though. Instead of opening with a tile, Windows 10 now combines the best of both user experiences. Windows 10 opens with a start button, but the button expands to a larger tile portal. This gives users the control and simplicity of a start button along with the live updates and graphic displays of Windows 8’s start tile.
Another major improvement is touch screen functionality. While most users will not use touch as their primary mode of usage, touch screen capabilities are still undoubtedly useful for certain actions. In smartphone and tablet-driven society, much of our communication with screens comes through touch.
Windows 10’s touch screen functionality allows for users to continue this intuitive experience on their desktops and laptops. Overall, Windows 10 puts a premium on functionality, bringing simplicity to the design and user experience.
Finally, Windows 10 also keeps up major improvements in security. The Secure Boot feature from Windows 8 received an upgrade to even greater security. Secure Boot requires that any program that begins as the operating system starts up needs to be signed off by both Microsoft and the hardware manufacturer. Security additions with Windows 10 make the Secure Boot feature tamper-proof. Along with Secure Boot, Windows 10 also adds key security features such as Device Guard, Microsoft Passport, and Windows Hello.
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Any user on Windows 7 or Windows 8 will receive immediate benefits with a move to Windows 10. With increased safety, usability, and speed, Windows 10 provides an excellent transition destination for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.